Monday, May 14, 2012

Week 4 - MonSwirl Earrings!



This week I decided to use the two swirl beads I made last week out of Stroppel Cane as my earrings for Week 4.  I made these beads using a Stroppel Cane.  The idea was invented by a lady called Alice Stroppel. Now, I had no idea this technique even existed until I was taught by Cara Jane during one of her clay days.  Cara told us all about Alice and how this was a great way to use up all of your clay odds and ends.  The effects are fantastic and now I can't stop using it!


The colour combinations I have used here put together within sandwiches of black clay really remind me of a chewed up Mondrian - hence the name of the earrings .... MonSwirl!

I did make a necklace as well this week but not out of the same cane as the earrings.  I have yet to finish that pendant (above).  I decided to use the heart pendant I had made using the same Stroppel Cane as the earrings.  It was Caroline Casswell who taught me how to make heart pendants. 

I started by making an oblong out of some 'left over' pink clay and added very think slices of the cane.  Then I turned this into a pendant.  I was really pleased with the finished result, especially after sanding and buffing.  It really helped to accentuate the colours. 


I added some more cane to a flat sheet of pink clay and put it through the thickest setting on the pasta machine.  Then I cut out 4 circles.  I was going to leave them as circles, then for a reason unknown to myself, I decided to distort them slightly.....and this was the finished result..



Sarah xx


8 comments:

  1. Hello those are some nice earings. I wish i could see how you make them

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    1. Next time you come over Charleigh we will have a go. xx

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  2. I'm so glad Cara Jane showed you how to do a Stroppel Cane, look at all the fun you've had and the great pieces you've made. Say hi to Cara Jane next time you see her.

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    1. Thank you Alice. I can't stop now! It is great.... I will definitely pass on your message to Cara. xx

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  3. You have been having fun! Love the way the Stroppel pattern looks on that heart when you make it the way Caroline showed us. Those distorted circles look cool too! Must arrange to get together again soon! x

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  4. Thank you Cara. I can't stop myself now, I even have a backlog of beads to sand and clean heee heee... We definitely need another meet up soon. xx

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  5. Hi Sarah!

    I like your etsy shop and your creation. All items are beautiful.

    ♥❤ Ratcha

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    1. Hello Ratcha, thank you so much for your lovely comments and for following my blog.

      Sarah xx

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