Friday, April 29, 2011

Artisan Clay Design Team Reveal

I'm not gonna lie.
I was stumped when Kristie showed us the pieces that she had created for this month's design team challenge.
I normally work with her cabs (or I turn her beads into cabs), but this time the little connector was really stumping me.
I thought about using lots of chain in mixed metals to create a stunner of a bracelet, but in the end I decided to stick with my little seedies (they've never steered me wrong yet!)

So, I used my current obsession, the Tila beads, to create a bail for the connector and turned it into a pendant.
The seed beads are a silver-lined alabaster and the result is a monochromatic necklace with a really heavy metal feel.

It's a very substantial necklace with a good weight, and great drape from the seed beads.
I was so impressed with the glaze on these connectors, they really feel like metal and nothing like clay.

Bravo Kristie!
You've definitely turned me into a convert with your connectors!
If you'd like to see more pictures of my creation,
I've put Heavy Metal Luster in my shop.
And if you'd like to see more of Kristie's work, and the rest of the Design Team's pieces, you can hop on over to Kristie's blog here.

Oh, and on another note...
Margie and Me is tomorrow!
Here's a sneek peak, and may I just say I am soooo excited about the reveal!
See ya' tomorrow!


  1. LOVE it! Grey is my favorite color for jewelry (this year anyway;). Love the simplicity of it, it allows the great colors of the seed beads and focal to shine!!!

  2. You did a beautiful job with this, Marcy! The connector stands front and center in this simple yet elegant construction. :D Love it!

  3. Gorgeous piece!! I love the construction as well.

  4. Very nice. I bet it does have a lovely drape!

  5. I do so love the organic feel of this, and the color is amazing. I love the glaze!
    Enjoy the day!

  6. That's beautiful Marcie! We all made something totally different!

  7. Cool piece! I love what you do with seed beads, very nice.

  8. I love it! It really shows off shape of the clay piece. It makes a nice statement and it is so neutral that I think I would wear it all the time.
    and like Staci... I love grey!

  9. So beautiful in its simplicity!!

  10. I think it's gorgeous!! So elegant!!

  11. So different from your usual pieces, and just as creatively stunning as all your work. Love that mono look!

  12. Such a cool and beautiful necklace! It's very inspiring to see. I tend to always over-complicate things so it's a good lesson to learn here; sometimes keeping it simple is the key to sucess :)