Crackled Earrings

I finally used a couple of lentil-shaped hollow beads from the bunch of items that I’d created almost a year ago using crackled veneer. And what a charming pair of earrings they make!

Crackled Hollow Lentil Bead Earrings | Anita

For these earrings, I tied strips from two different fabrics to a large jump ring that I passed through the top of the crackled beads.

There was still something missing though, so I made two bead rings, each from around 40 non-uniform 11/0 seed beads. I added each ring behind the fabric for some intrigue.

The fabric is not very drapey and it sticks out, so I used a tiny bit of E6000 to adhere the ends of the black strips to the bead below, while leaving the peach strips be.

Since I used beads that I made earlier, it felt like I finished in a jiffy. As if to compensate, I ended up adding the earring findings only after a day or two. 😉

That’s it really, this assembly project was a total no-hassle one. I love these earrings since they look good, are extremely lightweight, and are fun to wear.


Clay buttons

Button 1

Polymer clay button For this button, I started off by making a partially-done swirly lentil bead. I then rolled a thin strand of dark green clay, cut it into 6 equal pieces, and arranged them on the bead by gently pressing them onto it. I then continued to swirl the bead until the green strands, in the center, merged a bit with the green of the main bead. I then poked holes before I baked it.

I like how the strands are very distinct at the edges of the button, and grow less distinct as they near the center.

Button 2

Polymer clay button For this button, I used a cane that I made. I started off by making a marbled medallion from cream and brown colors. (And realized how easy marbling is! ;) ) I then cut two slices from the cane, and arranged them on the medallion for a more or less organic look. I rolled and pressed the medallion enough to make the cane surfaces lie at the same level as the medallion. I then poked holes before I baked it.

As for this button, the look is what wins me over!

These buttons are so much fun to make — and so many possibilities, too — that at this rate, I think we’re gonna end up with too many buttons and too few items to use them in. What can I say, one can never have too many buttons, right? 😉

Swirly lentil bead… button

So I made a decent cane.

I didn’t own decent claying tools though, and found that slicing across the cane with a razor blade makes the cross-section pretty distorted and untidy. And that means I went and ordered a flexible blade, a roller (again, I was finding my makeshift roller inadequate), cutters and silicone molds. That’s right, I’m beginning to get serious about polymer clay. 😉

Well, I wasn’t going to sit around waiting for the tools to arrive. I decided to practice making a swirly lentil bead since that doesn’t require many tools. So I rolled a ball of green clay, and got to work practicing the swirling hand movements.

When I became comfortable with the hand movements, I decided to add some actual swirl to the bead. I cut slices from the cane that I’d made — and yes, they got distorted and untidy — and placed them on the lower half of the bead, and continued swirling it. After a while, it turned into this.

Swirly lentil bead button

Swirly lentil bead button

I’d made it slightly big, thinking I’ll make it into a pendant. I thought of some ideas for the pendant, which included a macramé addition, and I pierced three holes near the top for that. I baked it, and set about adding the macramé section. Sadly, it didn’t work out, and I undid all the knots.

After a lot of thinking and looking around for a different jewelry use for the pendant, and not finding any, I thought it could be a button instead — a decorative button though, due to the weird positioning of the holes on it.

In fact, I don’t think any of the clays in my sample clay pack will become jewelry, mostly because the limited number of colors in it don’t work for my clothes or those of my sis. I’m thinking that all my practicing with this sample pack might result in buttons — ones with normal placement of holes, of course. No worries though, sis and I have lots of uses for buttons in our tote bags, purses and cushion covers. One can never have enough buttons! 😉