Thursday 29 March 2018

Honey Do List, March Challenge

Sarajo Wentling hosts a blog hop challenge on her site every month. The inspiration is a photo taken by her husband Eric. The challenge is meant to inspire Sarajo to design outside of her comfort zone and use up some of her stash. Happily she shares and invites us to join along

This month’s inspiration is this photo of a rusted, crusty window with lots of heavy streaks of rusted iron and copper minerals, blackened areas and even a bit of what looks like very white snow around the edges of the glass panes

Photo courtesy of Eric Wentling

The brown colours on the lower window panes and the light yellows on the top ones seemed like a perfect fit to me.

Going through my stash I found the perfect stoneware pendant with a pretty daisy on it, created by Leslie Watt. The background is glazed in brown with the daisy in white and the perfect yellow centre. Digging further I found the perfect brecciated jasper rounds, a great complementary colour for the pendant background. Since the jasper rounds were so large I only used a few and needed something to balance them. Some glass rondelles filled the bill. I used a pale ivory waxed linen to string everything. To keep the necklace from being too heavy I added length with an antiqued brass chain and lobster clasp

Daisy Burst Necklace

I was in the mood to continue this colour exploration and made another necklace. This time I used a large mandala inspired polymer clay bead from Staci Louise Smith. There is a different pattern pressed into the front and back along with different colours on each side. For fun I added an antiqued brass key to swing from the bottom and used a very large antiqued bronze open loop as the bail. To bring out both sets of colours in the focal I decided to use gemstones again, this time surreal jasper ovals with streaks of different colours and hand carved yellow jade. Everything is strung on waxed linen again, with a chunkier antiqued bronze chain to add length

Iron Age Necklace

And here’s the reverse side of the pendant

I had a great time making these necklaces and hope you like them too.

You can find both in my online shop. Please check out all the other creations here

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day


  1. I somehow never saw the offwhite and the mid tone brown in the picture until you pointed it out. All I saw was amber and copper. Its interesting how different people see different things in a picture

  2. Nice work playing with the colors in both necklaces! Don't you just love it when you have just the perfect art beads in your stash? I really like both pieces, but there's something about that first one that just makes me happy! I'm so glad that you got inspired by this one! Check back on April 2nd to see what Eric dreams up for us next!