Mom and I started planning this piece from the beginning (though I almost forgot to sign up for the monthly theme challenge). You can learn more about the Selkies theme here on the Art Elements blog.
I actually was smart and (finally) started an idea board on Pinterest for Art Elements themes. I did a little reading - this link has some good information. The only issue was mom and I agreeing on the image idea and then mom coming up with a pattern for our piece.
This is the only photo I have that mom took after she sawed out the pendant. I didn't get an photos of mom sawing, filing or sanding.
|I use a dental pick to get the enamel out of the holes.|
This is the process of me enameling the pendant in the kiln. I always start with the back of the pendant first and then finish off enameling the front. This time I actually like the back of the pendant more than I liked the front of the pendant (you will see shortly). So, depending on what side you like; you can flip the necklace (two for one - score!).
The necklace was actually re-strung twice (my name was mud with mom). The first layout I really didn't like - too much brown. I told mom if she laid out the beads the second time I would re-string it, but she had it done by the time I got home from work. Mom said you better like it or you are figuring out what you want in the necklace. Thank goodness I like the new layout!
This is the backside of the pendant - but I really love how the colors turned out.
Here is the Selkie necklace with beads.
The lampwork beads are ones I made a few months ago and just have been sitting in the storage bin. I like how they worked really well with this piece!
Now to the flip side - the front side of the pendant.
The front side ended up being too dark for me. I still like the way it turned out, but I really like the backside of the pendant.
So, that is our piece for this month's Art Elements Theme - Selkies. I hope you take the time to see what everyone else created because I sure am.
Here is the list:
Ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com - you are here