Friday, May 27, 2011

Black Hole Sun~ Artisan Clay Design Team Reveal!!!!

Whew!  I love Kristies beads, she know's I am a big fan.  The only part where we differ is she LOVES primary colors, and I, well, I just don't know what to do with them.  So I think she was really stretching my creativity when I got a little charm set in YELLOW and black.  But, stretching is good, usually.

(I got that black set second from the left)
(If you are not familiar with Artisan Clay work, I encourage you to check it out.  Her style varies to fit so many people, and I LOVE that she uses recycled glass in her bright and fancy charms and donuts).

So- I had these charms sitting here and sitting here and sitting here.  I also, don't do many pendant or charm sort of focals.  Whew.  More head scratching.  So, I knew this had to involve metal.  Ok, now some ideas were forming.  I thought of pie crusting some sort of leaf or eye like form around it, since it makes me think of a cats eye or something.  Problem being, I haven't tried pie crusting yet, and it looks pretty hard to get just that right result.

Then it hit me.  Black Hole Sun, you know that song, right, by Soundgarden?  It had to be a sun.  While all these ideas were playing around my head, Izzy Winterhart won the monthly Love My Art Jewelry Challenge with her amazing cuff bracelet.  She bezels in some amazing way using rivets????  And I remembered seeing some sort of tutorial long ago on something like that.  So, I did what any artist would do, and I winged it.  I am not really happy with it.  Its bigger then I had wanted it to be.  I wish I would have used brass for the background ILO copper on both layers.  Oh well.  The best part is is the charm, and I guess thats what counts.  I didn't get to make the other one into something, but I will.  When I do, I will post it.  I promise.
So here it is, Black Hole Sun.

So- thanks to Izzy, for the inspiration.  If you haven't checked her work out, please do.  She has some really amazing designs, and makes copper classy!!!

Have a great weekend!  I hope you all have lots of sunshine and smiles!

Thanks to Kristie for allowing me to be a part of her design team!  I love it, and I loved the challenge that this month presented for me.  It pushed to try something new.

Also- I am listing in my Artisan Accents Shop.  Please use coupon code SLO10 to receive 10% off your order.  Good until June 4th!
Here are some pictures of my new items!!!!


  1. I think it's cool :-)
    A lot of work went into it, you can tell.

  2. It is cool, and you can definitely tell you put a lot of work into it! Great job!

  3. Hot damn but that is cool! It might not be your favorite, Staci but I think you are onto something. And piecrusting? Never heard of it! I am off to learn my something new for today!
    Enjoy the day!

  4. Wow! I love it! Very, very cool! Now I have to go google piecrusting.

  5. It's fantastic!!!! And I love the story about how it came together. Challenges can be real creative gateways if we let them. ;)

  6. I think you're crazy! There's no way that this is too big. I think it's perfect. Great job!

  7. I think it's great! Kudos to you for going to something completely out of your norm!

  8. Love that Soundgarden song and love your piece, it's stunning!

  9. I'm so far behind on my blog reading from the weekends festivities, so sorry I'm late to the party. OH MY I LOVE IT!!! Seriously it's gorgeous and the wrapped bead is such a nice touch. Well done!!! =)

  10. HOLY CRAP, is that AMAZING!I just LOVE the sun!! That crackle is incredible as the center! Wow!

    xo Genea