New giftware products


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.


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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2 Responses to New giftware products

  1. D.J. December 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I’m so glad to see you’re making pendants! Beads of Clay has an Etsy team and a fantastic blog, if you’re interested. We’d love to have you!

  2. Lesli Kathman December 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    I would love to participate. I really enjoyed the Beads of Clay mailing list some years ago, though I don’t do many online discussions anymore. (I have no self-control and spend too much time chatting!)

    I have to confess, though, that I don’t know how Etsy teams work. Is there a place you sign up?

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