Art Bead Scene ornament blog hop

Art Bead Scene are having an ornament blog hop so I decided to jump in, it’s my first blog hop so I hope I get it right.

I first set out to make a traditional Christmas decoration but at this time of year I feel really connected to the seasons, there is something very comforting in the rhythms of nature, so my decoration is nature inspired.
decoration

Inspiration

There is a place nearby that’s quite special to me, I love to walk in the conifer woods, I love all the mosses, lichens and ferns, and there’s some lovely stripy rocks which contain iron. My special place may be a little off the beaten track and peaceful now but it used to be a mining area, even  as far back as Roman times.

The components

All of the components in this piece are handmade by Kiln Fired Art, that’s me! I hope to be adding more metal clay and ceramic components to my Etsy shop in 2014.

IMG_0349aThe ceramic pendant was made from a cast taken from a branch found in the wood, I used some copper lustre on the high points to give a bit of extra sparkle.

The fir cone and fern charms were also made from the finds on my woodland walk, they are made from bronze and copper metal clay.

IMG_0346bI decided to make this ornament to hang on my door handle so I wired everything onto a copper washer, including one of my lampwork beads, I wanted to keep it looking rustic. The copper hook was forged from a scrap of copper wire I had left over from making a bangle, I ran it through the rolling mill to flatten it out, then textured it with my hammer.

All I need now is to find a bit of jute ribbon to tie it to the door handle. Edited to say the ribbon arrived just in time

IMG_0352Now grab a coffee and hop over to ABS blog  and visit the other blog hoppers to see what everyone has made.

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About eganj1

Obsession making artsm crafts, and all things creative
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14 Responses to Art Bead Scene ornament blog hop

  1. Vas Dea says:

    Oh – that is just lovely, what a delight, your components are beautiful and you have made such a pretty piece with them.

  2. Wow! What an elegantly rustic ornament. Such a beautiful mixed-media treasure – and you made all of the components yourself – wow!

  3. I love it! Very rustic, peaceful and natural.

  4. Heather says:

    I love this ornament so much! I hope to see much more of your work in 2014 – your ceramic and metal clay treasures are awesome. And this ornament – I’d be putting it on a chain and wearing it all year after the holidays.

  5. ladyflowersbysusan says:

    Ohhh, when I clicked on your blog your design literally took my breath away. Incredible composition. Wonderful beads. I love that you gave it its own place, on a doorknob, so that it could shine!

  6. I am really amazed at all the incredible work that was created for this challenge but I love your ornament most of all. It speaks to me . . . living in the Pacific Northwest I am surrounded by so much natural beauty and that is where my heart is. I look forward to checking out your etsy shop as I would love to use some of your beautiful beads in my work.

  7. Ema says:

    Beautiful! I just love this ornament.

  8. I like the organic, natural style that much! Beautiful ornament! And with the jute ribbon it’s just perfect for the big event for sure!

  9. Jo says:

    Fabulous Jill x

  10. Christie M says:

    This is beautiful- and how lovely to be able to hang it so you can enjoy it off the tree. The pendant is gorgeous!

  11. LiliKrist says:

    So full Joy spirit =)

  12. Laurie says:

    Really pretty! I like all the dangling things!

  13. eganj1 says:

    Thank you all for your comments and i look forward to the next blog hop

  14. niky says:

    Really beautiful design and such a lovely feel to it, I love the bail great attention to detail, I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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