Another in progress piece Friday, Jun 29 2007 

altoid tin resin pendant, in progress

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silver and pearls Monday, Jun 18 2007 

scrap silver and pearls pendantThis pendant was made with sterling silver scrap wire and some freshwater pearls. Sculpted and fired with my torch, pearls added using cold wirework.

BIG resin pendant – in progress Monday, Jun 11 2007 

large resin pendant in progressThis pendant is very large – I used the lid of a tin that had candy in it as my frame. Next I added the colored background and the long, snaky copper shape.

The feather is a pheasant feather that a friend from a bead forum sent me a few years ago – her husband hunts pheasants for food, and she had the idea to save all the feathers in case her crafty friends could use them in art projects. I like the idea of making use of every part of the animal, and not letting anything go to waste.

The little hardware bits were a find at the local salvage store near my studio. I bought a pound of assorted random hardware parts. I’ve been using found hardware in some of my resin work, but had used up all the interesting things I’d found on the street. Since the whole point of using found objects is that they are used and/or discarded, I was really excited to find neat looking scraps and tiny screws and things at the salvage store. I’m using someone else’s discarded items, and they were exactly the right things for making jewelry – tiny screws and nuts and washers, and some other tiny hardware bits that looked interesting. I spent some time sorting through the area that had metal and hardware scraps to find what I was looking for, but it was worth it. I plan on purchasing more jewelry supplies this way in the future – it’s economical, I find really interesting things, and it’s good for the environment to buy used and reuse things that would otherwise probably go to a dump somewhere.

I’m not sure what else is going into this pendant, but I think it’s going to be a good one. Definitely for the person who doesn’t mind making a statement – I think it’s three inches in diameter.

New Resin Pendant Wednesday, Jun 6 2007 

resin pendant with found hardware, paper flower, eyeshado This pendant includes a paper flower (still leftover from my wedding, which was a few years ago), an interesting piece of hardware I found, and a background I made from blending eyeshadow colors.

Knot – finished Wednesday, Jun 6 2007 

argentium silver knot pendant