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Friday, September 3, 2010

Red Panda Beads to the rescue....!


I cooked up a batch of polymer clay skull pendants that I had made in a nice lavender color, envisioning black accents in the embossed areas. But yikes, I over-cooked them (forgot to re-set the temperature from my last project), and so I had to save them with paint and embossing powder, so they turned a bronze color. I had just received my color mix of Earthtone size 10/0 Delica beads from Red Panda Beads in the mail, and they were a perfect compliment to the bronze skull pendant. I just worked the main bezel by randomly selecting the colors, because they all worked well. The main bezel was herringbone stitch, and the bail was done in square stitch (this I striped with rows of one color). I then added a citrine crystal as a pendant drop and a golden link chain, and my weirdly pretty skull pendant is ready to wear! I also discovered that I LOVE working with 10/0 Delica beads; even my 'cheap' needles (with larger eyes) fit through their holes for several passes of thread, and I didn't even have to wear magnifiers. The size makes a difference!

Note: Why a skull? I guess it's my latest phase... check out my Boneyard items at http://www.zazzle.com/busycrowstudio