One of the ArtCharms group swap hosts decided to do color palette swaps this year instead of just specific colors. Those that sign up for the swap can use a minimum of 2 colors on the palette along the side of this palette…pretty photograph: http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/chilled-tones2
Polymer clay chilled palette charm
First I made a lentil bead from scrap clay using a 5/8″ bicone bead roller (http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/products/tools/jewelry-tools/bead-making-tools/polytools-bicone-bead-shaper) and baked the beads on a bead rack. Then I mixed the colors I wanted to use, which was all 5 of them. Luckily, I had some scrap clay that was already mixed close to the palette, I just added whatever it needed, if anything. The design is a mokume gane cane. It’s been awhile since I worked with polyclay and mokume gane, so I had to revisit the procedure. Once the cane was done, I sliced off thin pieces and added them to the lentil beads. I used the darkest value and pushed it through a Makins polymer clay extruder using smallest strand disk, braided strands together and wrapped it around the lentil bead. The beads are coated with Kato’s clear liquid polyclay. Once they were baked, they were polished with a demel and muslin wheel and wrapped with silver wire. Made about 20 of these…they’d be a nice mix with the Winter Night Sky charms.
Here is a photo of the completed round robin bracelet. This started last year about this time with the bracelet base plus the top hat charm and a journal. It’s been coast to coast. My theme was Steampunk/Alchemy.
Completed Steampunk/Alchemy Bracelet
The instructions for this swap were to make charms with “Winter Night Sky” as the theme, using silver and crystal/clear colors only. I hung them from draped blue tulle for the photo.
I’m working on Christmas cards right now and have received the RR bracelet back. Photos will be posted soon.
Here are some pendants made by stacking beads of various shapes and sizes.
October was another bird theme. This one is done on Tim Holtz’ enameled tags. The images are printed on coffee filters and adhered and coated using Judikins’ Diamond Glaze. I had to enamel the back of the tag to get it white. I added a bead to a silver metal feather and attached it to the charm.
Tim Holtz has some enamel paint out as well. Might have to look into it at some point.
There were 3 participants in a row who chose a bird theme. September’s was “Vintage Birds of a Feather”. I bought some left facing and right facing brass birds, adhered the two halves together and applied Martha Stewart’s jewelry enamel to both sides. That was a challenge as it flowed over the edges. It did adhere nicely to the charms, though. Once they were cured, I attached them to another brass bird charm in my stash.
I do like the jewelry enamel, though. It’s a nice addition to the toolbox.
I changed my mind on the Vintage Found Object charm made from a pink and pearl earring. Instead, I used a different earring with a turquoise rhinestone made from a gold-colored metal. It fit the bracelet better than the pink earring. The bracelet was silver, but someone else had added a gold-colored metal charm–this one balanced it.