Monday, December 12, 2011
Mandala Neck Piece
I had a great time at the show and met lots of interesting people. I even met a woman who was wearing a genuine Ford and Forlano neck piece. I had all I could do from asking her if I could touch it but I was restrained and just oogled it! I hope she didn't think I was nuts but it was the first time I had ever seen one up close and personal!
So now back to work. I am currently working on a round series of pendants. I call this my Mandala Series. Many years ago Mandalas were all the rage. This piece is a combination Zentangle/Mandala. I really like it. I have been trying to get the channel to work and have had many failures but I think I finally have it figured out. My channels were always a tiny bit too small for the cord. This time I used the thickest setting on my pasta machine for the inner channel and it was perfect. It gives more solidity to the piece as well.
I don't like flimsy pieces and so here I have used the thickest setting on the pasta machine both for the top and the center and the second thickest setting for the back piece.
Every time I try something new it takes me 5 or 6 times to get it just right. I am also experimenting with brass wire coils as beads. I really like the warmth of brass with polymer. Of course gold would be nicer but that is quite out of the question.