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New giftware products

2010Pendant

I have been working on some new giftware items the past few weeks, in between cleaning greenware and detailing some horses. The first is the new pendant, shown here in my favorite purple art glaze wired from the top. The piece is designed so I can drill a hole for hanging at the top or one on each side, depending on how the necklace needs to be strung. This particular one has a twisted antique brass jump ring for the bail, but I’ve also experimented with wrapped wire bails, too. Those are fun because I can add a bead accent to them, as well as work with less common metal finishes.

ZipperPull

My second item is a zipper pull. I’ve taken the same cabochon that I’ve used with the bookmarks and trimmed it to fit inside a heavier setting. I thought these would work well as zipper pulls because the bead is almost entirely recessed, which makes it a little more sturdy. I have to admit I have yet to chip one of the unset cabochons, despite intentionally treating them carelessly, but it never hurts to have a little extra protection. This is especially true when you hang around a pony that has an obession with zippers. This particular one has been hanging from my barn jacket for a few weeks now and is none the worse for wear, so I am considering it suitable for the task.

I hope to add both items to the Etsy store in the next week.

[Edited to correct the link to the Etsy store. Sorry about that!]

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More bookmarks and pendant settings

I received more cabachon settings, including some in silver, so I thought I would share them. This silver filligree one was among my favorites. I made a handful of them, thinking that I would link them together (see the corner connectors) to make a Victorian styled cuff bracelet. Unfortunately I didn’t have any beads in colors to match the glaze that I used. (I wasn’t able to get the color in the photo right, either. It’s actually a lot more lavender than rose in tone.)

The order also contained more bookmark blanks, including silver. I suspect another color of glaze would compliment the silver better, but I had done a large batch of this shade of green so it was what I had. (It’s my favorite for testing things because it is a very predictable glaze, which is a rarity in the colored glazes.)

Here are two more of the pendant setting styles in antique brass. There are other styles, and most came in silver, too. I ran out of beads before I ran out of settings. They are also different glazes, though I suppose dark and light turquoise aren’t that far from green. I need to pull out some of the red and blue glazes when I get back from Kentucky.

Speaking of which, while I won’t be selling at the Artisan’s Gallery this year, I will bring samples of these and some of the other jewelry components for anyone who would like to see them in person. I find art glazed pieces harder to accurately photograph, especially at this level of magnification. (The filligree piece, which is the largest of them, is only 1.25″ across.)

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