Recently, I met my friend Sharyl, from Sharyl's Jewelry for lunch and she was kind enough to invite me to her home to see her work space.
Sharyl is a multi media artist/designer who creates gorgeous jewelry and beautiful metal components. Lately, Sharyl was bitten by the polymer clay bug and she has been creating fabulous clay components.
While I was visiting Sharyl, I picked up a few things and she gifted me a pendant.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, which is unusual for me.
I made a cellini spiral and started a few lengths of chain maille and started them in an ammonia patina.
Unfortunately, the blue color from the ammonia wasn't quite what I wanted. It's gorgeous though, and I have other ideas for it.
I went back to the drawing board and dug out ribbons, chain, leather, and anything else I could find.
After several backs and forths, I settled on leather.
Sharyl does an amazing job with color on all her components and I love how the color and texture play off of each other and the leather.
You can find a similar pendant (with a Kansas wheat coloring) here. (But only if you hurry, this one is on my wish list.) :)
While I was contemplating how to finish the necklace, I started browsing though my (not so small) collection of Sharyl's components.
I found that her metal components worked well with her clay pieces and made a pair of earrings.
The large rings are from Miss Fickle Media and were the perfect size.
I loved how these looked and went to town!
Sharyl mentioned that the products she uses on the metal components are different than the ones she uses to color the clay. I would not have imagined that, as the colors compliment each other so well.
When I ran out of metal links, I tried something else.
I love how these look like little flowers. I couldn't decide whether I should hang little drops from the bottom or not, so for now, they are plain. I might go back and add something later.
You can find Sharyl's creations in her artfire store.
Check out the polymer clay section of her store for more clay components.