Friday, July 29, 2011

Artisan Clay Design Team Reveal Day

I knew when I opened the box that I was in for a challenge.
I've honestly never bought and/or owned a donut of any kind...ceramic or otherwise, so I knew this was going to be interesting.

I didn't want to do beads.
Mostly because I'm trying to develop a new set of skills, and the best way to do that is to practice, practice, practice.

So, I pierced and sawed two little medallions out of a copper sheet, sanded and patinaed and then riveted them together, using the tension and tightness of the sheets to hold the donut in place.

I was really inspired by art deco architecture.
I like the they kind of arch and reminds me of a suspension bridge with passengers trying to stare up out of their car windows to get a better glimpse of the details.

 I'm also so pleased with how the little tube rivets came out. I finally broke down and bought a good set of tools for making tube rivets and it was well worth the $20 that I spent on it.
The rivets came together so easily and I'm so pleased with the little flairs around the edges.

I've put this little ode to American History in the shop.
I call it Suspended.

I do hope you'll check out all the creations this month from Kristie's team.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I absolutely Love this Marcie!
    When working with metal bails and my donuts in the past I have also been drawn to an Art Deco mood.
    Thank you so much for sharing your design!
    Artisan Clay

  2. Dang, girl! That is my favorite one yet from the team. I love the way you think about your inspirations and challenge yourself. That is pure talent in my book. I love the rivets. I would like to do more with metal and rivets and such. What are you using? I am thinking hard about splurging on the riveting punch thing, but I just don't know. Love the simple and yet complex look of this. Stunning as always, Miss Marcie!
    Enjoy the day!

  3. oh wow! Love it! What tool did you buy I need one in the worst way!!! Great job and not a seed bead in sight!

  4. ::standing ovation:: I love absolutely EVERYthing about this creation, Marcie. Brava!

  5. Can you tell me what rivet tool you use and where you get the rivets? This is an amazing piece. I too am always stumped by the donuts!

  6. So neat! I love the whole style and how the copper works so well with the green.

  7. I love your design, the colors are summery. You are a very talented person in any medium you choose to use.

  8. OHH! Such a lovely necklace! Where did you get your riveting tools from? I was considering buying some from Michaels but they don't seem like they're very good quality.

    Blah. I probably wont have time to play with them in any case :P