HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
I'm taking advantage of my two extra days off by spending time at my clay table experimenting and preparing for my January blog month on Sculpey.com. These were *supposed" to be bracelet blanks I was going to cover. (You know, the kind you put on a soda can like I did years ago, but this time they were already cut in pieces.) I had some 18K Gold Premo and some Gold Premo on my work table that I decided to mix up to use as the base beads. But the mixed gold patterning came out so beautifully, I decided to keep them and not cover them. (The 18K was a little stiffer than the Gold, which caused this patterning. I've done the same with Copper/Bronze and Bronze/Peacock before.)
I still intended to create the bracelet, but as I cleaned off space to string the bracelet (you know that 10x10 inch space we all tend to work in), I stacked the pieces to the side. When I saw the stack, I was intrigued and decided to make a pendant. I strung the bottom 3 pieces with the beads before gluing the other 3 pieces on top. Doing it again, I should have used Oven Bake Clay Adhesive to adhere the pieces together (and rebake of course!) before stringing to make it even stronger. It's a dramatic piece, but it's certainly a left turn from where I began! Now I'm considering doing a necklace where ALL the beads are made this way - sort of Game of Thrones neckpiece (Oh! with pearls in between!). What do you think? Will it lay right or do I need to wear massive velvet doublets to support it?