Firstly a big thank you to the amazingly talented Elaine Ray - http://elaineray.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/elaineraybeads for generously letting us loose on her wonderful ceramic creations.
So it was 5 ceramic lovelies, 5 girls and 5 days (in my case, international post and all that!.)
I'll start with the headpins, which have the most amazing glazes and the benefit of extra long wires to play with. Here's the two sets of earrings I made.
I had enough wire to loop twice and wrap turquoise around. Grey beads from RowanSongCrafts on etsy.
Here I made a loop at the top added heishi beads and a bit of wire wrapping. I love how the jade flowers pick out Elaine's glaze.
The necklace piece had a great number of design options to use and I love the colour. I feel that a seed beader or macrami fan would be able to create some amazing work with this piece.
I used some plaited suede and additional beads from Grubbi on etsy and a textile tassel.
The next piece was my favourite to wok with. I'm mad about the colour and how versatile it is, the opportunities are endless.
I used a brass bird, curved to fit, plaited suede and charm from HappyFishShop on etsy. I wrapped bronze wire around for extra texture!
The last piece was more challenging, again gorgeous colour and glaze,plus lots of loops. I felt that with the loops all around it might not rest well as a pendant. So I thought about creating a bag charm and using some great steampunk charms that I had.
Additional bead ScorchedEarthonetsy.
I really enjoyed this challenge and many thanks to Elaine and the Artisan Whimsey team https://www.facebook.com/groups/CREATIVEBEADCHAT/
Please see these amazing blogs and their creationsCheryl Provost Foiles www.getyourbeadon.com
Cory Tompkins www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Marcia Dunne www.thealternativefoundry.blogspot.com
Robin Showstack hosted by www.allprettythings.ca
Sharon Palac http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.co.uk/