Art Elements blog is hosting a Sunflower blog hop challenge today. Participants have all agreed to create jewelry or other art forms with a sunflower theme. I love sunflowers, so I hopped right in.
I took this close-up photo of a sunflower I had in a floral arrangement I’d made. I love the streaks of reddish-brown on the yellow petals. To achieve that effect on my ceramic pendants I layered two specific glazes. The top glaze crackles when layered over the reddish-brown glaze beneath, allowing some of that lower layer of color to bleed through. I was so pleased with this effect that I made a whole pile of sunflower pendants, just because I was having so much fun with them. As you can see, each one is a little different as I played with different aspects of the design.
I made one pendant that was a bit larger the those above and which had a big enough hole to accommodate some leather. I used that pendant in my necklace for today’s challenge.
I attached the pendant to the leather with a simple larks head knot and above it I placed two hand enameled tubes that I believe were made by Mary Dodd. The leather then connects to some Terra Cast copper rings with a nice surface texture. I love how the copper color echoes the browns in the pendant.
I added a short strand of vintage glass beads and peanut beads, that I suspended from the rings, as well. When worn, they drape just on top of the leather and end about an inch or so above the pendant . Leather cording finishes off the back of the necklace, which ends in a copper-colored lobster clasp. This is a nice long necklace, which I could have made without a clasp, because it slips easily over the head.
I have one sunflower pendant listed on my website, but if you want more, just message me here or through my website.
My thanks to Sue and to Art Elements for hosting this fun summer challenge. This is a blog hop, so be sure to share the love with all these other great artists!