Enameled Cabochon Pendants

Golden Cream Enamel Pendant

Golden Cream Enamel Pendant

I have been so enamored of Pebeo’s new Fantasy Prisme and Moon enamels, that I’ve experimented with using them on clear glass cabochons for use on pillbox tops and necklaces. My first thought was that the beautiful patterns that these enamels make would be visible through the cabochon glass if I just painted the enamel on the back of the cabochon. Much to my surprise, the beautiful pattern only rose to the surface of the enameled back of the cabochon; the design that showed through the magnifying cabochon only reflected where the enamel colors first touched the clear glass. For example, the view below is what appeared through the cabochon above on which I had painted the enamel.

Back side of pendant

Back side of pendant

Therefore, to make the “prettier” side of the enamel visible, I had to glue another clear glass cabochon to the back of the enameled cabochon. Then magic took place. The glue interacted with the enamel and formed the ripples or ridges in the enamel pattern, making it even more lovely!

Pendant suspended from scarf

Pendant suspended from scarf

Then I experimented with adding faceted crystal beads on the wire surrounding a similar pendant and using matching marble beads to form the necklace.

Beaded enamel pendant

Beaded enamel pendant

I have since created a few more such pendants with scarf connectors like the ones shown here and offered them for sale on my website. You can find most of these pendants here.

What do you think of these enameled cabochon pendants? Should I make more of them? Which connector type do you like best and/or do you think will be most saleable? Should I attempt to find matching scarves to sell with these pendants?

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Jewelry Now at Elko Chamber of Commerce

Jewelry Display Rack

Jewelry display placed at the Chamber.

On March 8, I placed in the Elko, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop seven new porcelain and real turquoise necklaces and 24 pair of earrings that were previously on my website. To achieve this, I purchased a revolving jewelry display rack and had hang tags custom made with my 4-color logo on them for my earrings and other jewelry.

The whole display rack looks very professional, and I’m excited to see how well my jewelry sells via this outlet. I have had my artwork prints, note cards, sage brush lapel pins, and magnets for sale there for several years, as I am a Chamber member. I also have a nifty business web page on the Chamber’s website that I encourage you to check out.

I recently fell in love with some glazed porcelain horse head beads, so I purchased several plus a variety of matching components and real turquoise beads so I could create several necklaces in this theme. I have not run out of these materials yet, so watch for more necklaces to be added to this collection.

Porcelain and turquoise necklaces

Porcelain and turquoise necklaces

I also took to the Chamber almost all my website’s earrings that had gold-plated ear wires. The earrings placed at the Chamber are no longer available on my website, so I definitely want to make more earrings soon to replenish my website’s earring collection.

Please leave a comment to let me know how you like my new jewelry display and this new collection of heart and horsey necklaces. I hope you also will stop by the Chamber gift shop and/or my website to take a closer look!

 

New Jewelry Galore

Rainbow Tooth Necklace

I’ve been on a beading spree lately, creating 7 new necklaces and 5 new pair of earrings. These have all been posted for sale on my website, though I’m loathe to part with some of them, they are so lovely.

Two of the necklaces I made using Wonderstone (Rhyolite) that I found in the Elko, NV, area. Instead of polishing the stone faces that feature Wonderstone’s concentric circles, which requires special equipment, I chose to coat them with clear resin. This gives the stones’ focal points a shiny surface that enhances the design, yet allows it to contrast with the stone’s natural surfaces.

Wonderstone Slab Necklace

Wonderstone Slab Necklace

I also created my first three-strand necklace, featuring antiqued chain segments and iridescent butterflies.

Triple Butterfly Necklace

Triple Butterfly Necklace

I’ve also experimented with new components in my newly created earrings.  These include using transparent glass macaroni noodles, glass-fringed filigreed heart components, and beaded baubles. Two of the new sets of earrings match the new necklaces I made.

Aqua Fringed Heart Earrings

Aqua Fringed Heart Earrings

You can see all these new creations in the Jewelry Gallery on my website where they are available for purchase. If you’re a local customer, I’ll be happy to reimburse you for my website’s shipping charges if you arrange for pickup of your purchases at my studio in Lamoille, NV, by contacting me.

I’d be pleased if you’d post a comment as to how you like these new pieces and/or what types of jewelry you’d like me to make more of.

UTEEite Pendant Necklaces

Rock the Leaf Necklace

Rock the Leaf Necklace with UTEEite pendant

I recently turned two of my UTEEite components into pendants and incorporated them into two new necklaces. The UTEEite colors in these pendants are swirled purple, silver, pearl, gold, and clear.

Rock the Leaf Pendant

Closer view of Rock the Leaf Pendant

A leaf-shaped pendant inspired a necklace containing polished gemstone nuggets and picture jasper beads, emphasizing the natural tones.

Purple Heart Pendant

Purple Heart UTEEite Pendant

A whimsical heart-shaped pendant begged me to highlight the purple in the UTEEite and combine purple glass beads with brown faceted cat’s eye beads and gold plated spacer beads. As a purple lover, this is my fave! I also adore faceted cat’s eye beads, which I’m seeking out for future jewelry components.

Check out these two UTEEite necklaces on my website.

Which do you like best?

Repurposed Jewelry

Patriot Necklace

This Patriot Necklace has matching bracelet and earrings. The original necklace only had the red beads.

A friend recently mailed me an enticing box of broken and cast-off jewelry to repurpose into new pieces to sell on my website. From the components sent, I created four new necklaces, five pair of earrings, and a bracelet . . . so far!

Blue on Blue Necklace

My friend was sent this "Blue on Blue Necklace" as a thank you gift.

I offered my friend any of the repurposed pieces as a “thank you” for what she sent. She chose a lovely “Blue on Blue Necklace” that was inspired by the silver pendant she sent me.

The other pieces I made include:

  • Sea Green Necklace and Earrings
  • Patriot Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet
  • Scrimshaw Ship Necklace Set
  • Agate Teardrop Earrings
  • Teal Teardrop Earrings

I wish I had taken “before” pictures of the jewelry components she sent, but the “after” pictures are quite lovely! What do you think of these pieces?

If you have any unwanted and/or broken jewelry to donate to me for repurposing, please let me know, and I’ll tell you where to send it. I’ll be happy to offer you a selection from the resultant pieces as a “Thank You!”

Four UTEEite Pendant Necklaces

Teal Snowflake Necklace

This UTEEite teal snowflake pendant may also be worn as a pin.

Four new necklaces containing some of my recently created UTEEite embellishments as pendants are now available for purchase on my website. I wore a couple of them to recent local events and got so many compliments I was tempted to keep them myself, but I decided to let you have the chance to make one or more of them your own.

Green Butterfly Necklace

This butterfly pendant was made in a mold with two UTEE pours.

Two of the necklaces feature pendants made using a silicone butterfly mold instead of the cookie cutters I’ve been using for other UTEEite embellishments. I experimented with pouring molten transparent UTEE into the high-relief butterfly portion of the mold, and then, before that cooled and hardened, I added swirled opaque colored UTEE around the edges of the butterfly until the mold was full. This technique allowed portions of the butterflies to have transparent UTEE in them from front to back. This makes the back side of the pendants quite interesting and also allows the color of the clothing worn behind the pendant to affect the butterfly’s color.

What do you think of this technique and these four new necklaces? I have lots of UTEEite embellishments waiting to be made into various creations, so watch for more coming soon!

The gold area on the smooth back side of the pendant reveals portions of the butterfly in relief.

Gold portion of the pendant's back side is transparent, revealing the butterfly's wings.

UTEEite Star Suncatchers/Necklaces

Rainbow Star Suncatcher Necklace

One of four new Star Suncatchers/Necklaces on my website.

Inspired by the holy star of the Christmas season, I created four new star-filled suncatchers, three of which may also be worn as unique necklaces. I first painted both sides of three different sizes of wooden stars with various shades of nail polish and made sure each star had a glittery finish of some sort. Then I embedded the stars and a strand of wire in molten UTEEite (ultra thick embossing enamel), leaving parts of the wire exposed for hanging loops for suspension cords and suspended glass bead dangles in complementary colors.

Ever interested in multifunctionality, I fashioned the hanging cords of three of the suncatchers with sliding beads that adjust the hanging length when the suncatchers are worn as necklaces. An additional glass bead hangs down your back and prevents the sliding bead from coming off the cord. These creations definitely have a wow factor that will invite awe and comment whether they are hanging in your window or around your neck.

Check them out on my website and let me know what you think!

New Jewelry Creations!

I recently completed two new jewelry pieces and listed them on my website. The first is a orange and yellow cane and Millefiori glass dangle bracelet that is very vibrant and fun. It is a lively blend of hearts, flowers, and striped cane glass beads, perfect for spring! Check it out here.

Mt. Fuji Dichro Necklace

Mt. Fuji Dichro Necklace

The second creation is an absolutely dazzling necklace that features a unique dichroic glass pendant in which a shimmering gold Mt. Fuji seems to float on an iridescent purple, teal, green, and blue background. This pendant is flanked by eight rare Swarovski faceted crystal vitreal round dangles that radiate rainbow colors in a way that is quite mesmerizing. See this listing on my website for details. If you love bling and rainbows, this necklace is for you!