Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bails, Bails, Bails

Bail added by Roberta Warshaw
Bail added, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I've had a rather bad week, which I am not able to talk about at this time. Perhaps later when I feel more comfortable with it. So for now, it is all about the work.

I decided that my beads really needed some metal added. I kept trying to figure out how to embed the metal within the clay itself but I hated the way it looked. A jump ring was too boring. A simple post, not much better.

I was browsing through one of my many jewelry books and stumbled upon something similar to this. The one in the book was more trapeze-like with movement but I really liked a tight fit. I didn't want it to swing at all. So I adjusted the design a bit and came up with this.

My next thing is to try and figure out what to string it on. I had been using leather cord and rubber cord, but these pieces seem to scream for something more elegant. I am working on some micro-macrame ideas. They will be simple since the pendant is so ornate. I have sent off for a book on the subject (surprise, surprise) so hopefully I will have something to show you soon.

That's it for now.......

9 comments:

Kristi Bowman said...

A beautiful piece Roberta!! I hope things get better for you!

Davinia said...

The pendant is lovely. Yes it's a problem working out a bail design for clay, I usually glue something on but I really like your idea. Can't wait to see the micro macrame. Let us know about the book too.
Hope your week is getting better and your troubles a little easier to bare.

jenna said...

I think your tile-shaped beads would look great in bezels. That's an option to explore for adding metal.

I hope whatever's going on gets better very soon.

Roberta said...

Thanks Jenna. I have been thinking about bezels for a while. Maybe Vintaj or something. I am just not sure how to make them work. What glue? Bake in the bezel etc. I need to figure it out.

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

Wow Roberta. This is gorgeous. And I like the wire. When I was doing a lot of work with polymer clay, I had the same problem. Most of my pendants were baked in clay bezels, but then they still had to have a hanging devise! And I didn't like anything I tried!

Saturday Sequins said...

I love the way you made the wire bail! Simple and elegant.

I'm sorry you're having a rough time. If/when you're ready to talk about it, we'll be here! *Hugs.*

Patti Van said...

This is a great bail...love it! Hope things are better for you!

Barb Fernald said...

I like the way this bail looks. I also like the bezel idea. I hope this week is off to a better start.
Take care.

artandtea.com said...

Hi Roberta,
I just discovered your blog in my online wanderings. What a beautiful pendant and I love how you fashioned the wire bail! I see that you live in Brookline. I live out in Milford. Small world. :) I hope that things get better with your health issues.
Take care,
Karen (Art and Tea)