Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rust and Rocks / Fun with Focals

Here is the first necklace using one of my handmade sagger fired ceramic Artbeads. I made it after reading about Heather Powers (humblebeads) Fun with Focals Challenge.
One of the Challenges is to make a piece with a horizontal focal. I Jumped right on the challenge... After all I have a brand new style of Art Beads to work with, and was just looking to channel all those options into one project at a time!

My Square Art Bead has so many rusty and brown colors, greys and tan... It really has different looks depending on the side of the focal you are looking at. I added some stone beads and the body of the necklace is made with my current favorite material waxed linen.

I also added a few Medium sized donut beads from the sagger fire last weekend to my etsy shop.
I really like how they turned out, and I really like the medium size! If you missed the photos from my outdoor sagger pottery firing last weekend... there are pictures here-


  1. kristie, these really do have outstanding colour effects... worth every minute you put into them...

  2. This turned out great Kristie! I am always a sucker for rounds inside of squares or rectangles. The colors are most awesome :)

  3. Beautiful pieces... and your post of the outside kiln firing was fascinating! Amazing work!

  4. This is great! You did such a good job with the challenge! Congrats!

  5. Thanks Everyone!! I might just have to try the rest of the challenges now...

  6. Very cool Kristie!

    (I also wanted to stop by and thank you for the BOC post re: the breast cancer auction necklaces Mary Jane and I have going- I appreciate the extra mention!)

  7. I used to love to do saggar-fired porcelain pots. So, from my standpoint of having experience I can honestly say that these beads are absolutely beautiful! Just wonderful work!


Your comments are much appreciated