Thursday, May 29, 2008

First soldered pendant

I have a tendency to 'jump in the deep end' when I try a new hobby. When I first picked up polymer clay I did so with the intention of making caned beads (for my hemp jewelry). So I picked up a copy of Nan Roche's book on ebay and with my SIII I made a ladybug cane.

Actually, I think I made a spiral jellyroll cane first. But this was my 2nd cane ever, so I didn't wade in the kiddie pool for long. :)

My first seed beading project was the same way. I went to the local bead shop and bought Creative Bead Weaving, a bunch of delicas, and went home to make this square stitch bracelet.

I even drew my own geometric patterns on graph paper and used my original pattern. That sucker took me forEVER. I never wore it. It's way too big for me. But I keep it for sentimental reasons. :)

Now for the subject of this post. My latest *buy a book and attempt the hardest project* project. LOL! The lupin pendant from Silver Threads.

It has been complete for several months now, but just today I saw it and decided to photograph it. It's not bad for a first big soldering project, I think. I made a little faux stone cab for it. Today I realized that I need to sand and buff the cab more. It's not nearly shiny enough. But the mica powders still give such a cool iridescent effect.

I have not glued the cab into place yet. As a matter of fact, it fell out several times while I tried to take pics. I may make a totally different cab for it yet.

The pendant is 2 1/8" tall by 1" wide. Do you think I should oxidize it?

I'm saving up my pennies (a.k.a. Etsy sales) for a tumbler. Once I buy one I will try more solder projects. I'd like to get it for polishing AND strengthening the finished pieces. Until then I think I'll just stick to my trusty clay. I'm getting too fat and pregnant to be jumping off the deep end right now. ;)


Susan Turney said...

Ooooh Christie! That is beautiful! I love the cab and think you should use it....the colors are just gorgeous! And your pendant certainly doesn't look like a first attempt!

Hoola Tallulah said...

I am so in awe of your crafts! I haven't tried polymer clay yet and can't even begin to imagine how to make a ladybird cane, it is so cute! Your silver pendant is beautiful - again, never tried anything like that but now I am inspired! And that beaded bracelet, OMG, I tried beading of a sort recently and can truly appreciate the work that must have gone into that, it is beautiful!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comments, good luck with #4, we grumble about being pregnant but were both crazy enough to do it again, and again, and again... lol Oh, and your little bag lady is adorable, I have a child that resembles a bum, always filthy, even 10 minutes after putting on clean clothes, she looks like a street urchin, at least your bag lady is clean and sparkly! :)

Michael said...

The pendant looks wonderful! I'm sure no-one would suspect it was a first attempt. :o) (The cab is lovely, too!)

I don't know what to say about the oxidizing. I'm sure it would look great that way (I love oxidized silver), but it's already so pretty in its present shiny state. . . (This is why it takes me forever to get anything done. ;o))

Susanna said...

That is amazing! Wonderful work, i think it looks nice as it is without oxidizing.

Christie said...

Thank you all for the kind words about the pendant. You made me smile. :) I think I may leave the eggs in the fridge and forget the oxidizing.

Angie said...

Your jewelry is beautiful! You sound like me...jump in full speed ahead with new crafting projects! I posted my first ever soldered pendant on my blog! Tell me what you think!