Rustic Components, Earrings, and a Surprise

Rustic Components

In the studio, I’ve been busy making more Rustic Components. I am completely and totally in love with the crusty, grungy, antiqued feel of these. Depending on the colors I choose, the pieces can be tribal and exotic, romantic and shabby chic, or distressed and weathered. This particular batch was made with annealed steel wire. A lot of assemblage jewelry is now being made with darkened brass or silver metal and this dark steel will complement that nicely. If you like the look of these, you can make them yourself with my Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial.

Followers of my Facebook Page have already seen a couple of these as I sneak previewed these over there.

Romantic Boho 3-way Rustic Connector made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

Rustic Steel Connector made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

Rustic Headpins made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

Antiqued Rustic Headpins made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

Crusty, Rustic headpins made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

Rustic Connector made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree, tutorial available

See more examples of my Rustic Beads and Connectors on previous posts here and here. See why they’re addictive? I keep trying different color combinations and am constantly surprised at how great they turn out.

Earrings

A couple of weeks ago I participated in an Earring Swap and was unable to reveal the earrings that I sent my partner Silvia because the mail hadn’t cooperated. I’m pleased to announce that Silvia has now received her earrings and I can show them to all of you. I used some Rustic Tribal beads that I made from polymer clay and then accented them with some black and silver beads.  Because I forgot to take a picture before I mailed them to Italy, this picture is of a second pair that I made. This makes me happy because now I have a pair for myself, just like the ones I sent Silvia.

Silvia's black and grey Rustic Earrings

And a Surprise!

In other news, here’s a sneak preview of what’s going on today at my house. A basket of blue bottles? What in the world could that mean? It means that my dad has finished his blue bottle tree sculpture and is installing it today. I’ve only seen drawings and it’s pretty impressive. I will have him put it in the little garden space right outside of my studio. (Get it? A Blue Bottle Tree for The Blue Bottle Tree??) He told me that I need 22 more wine bottles in addition to the ones he’s already collected, so I raided my other two bottle trees and washed up a basket full. I will take pictures of the process and share it with all of you. I am so excited!!

Basket of bottles...these will be installed on my new blue bottle tree!

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