Year of Clay – Flower on a Necklace

I have been making these tsumami kanzashi-inspired, faux fabric, clay flowers for almost 4 years now. And I have made many, many hundreds. Have I used more than a few? No. They sell even as ‘beads’ at shows but I don’t think I’ve done a thing with them. So I decided this after noon I would turn the larger one from the weekend’s batch into a pendant one way or the other!

clay kanzashi necklace

I stared at the pendant for a while and was lacking inspiration – I am out of practice with jewelry design! – but I didn’t think my usual leather choker was going to do it for this one. In the end, I settled for two strands of glass beads. The pendant is large enough (about 2.5″) to hide the front clasp attachment and the necklace is nice and light.

3 comments

  1. Cindy Lietz says:

    Elaine that is simply gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the design and how the emphasis is on the pendant. (Where it should be.)

    I know what you mean about jewelry design… Sometimes I get making beads and find myself ‘stumped’ when it comes to what to do with them. I find if I just spend a chunk of time focusing on making jewelry with my beads, the inspiration comes back.

  2. Elaine says:

    Thanks Cindy!

    And you’re right, about the inspiration for jewelry design. It does come back if I work on it a bit.

    The bead shape in this case (I made many that were much smaller, some under an inch) is so unusual I wanted to make a few designs up to show to people / give people some ideas before I try to sell them online. Sometimes I find people a little concerned about buying the non round or lentil shapes because of that, they are unsure how to design around them.

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