I love the challenge of creating custom designs for people as it forces me to stretch my creativity and try new things. One of our latest requests was for a cross pendant (in brown or beige tones) on a brown suede cord with some sort of matching earrings. I thought of the cross pendant we had made for a friend last year in a mokume gane but decided to try a few other techniques and then let her choose which pendant she liked the best.
This is the pendant she chose and so I made earrings to match. Because she likes her earrings to dangle a fair bit, we added the sand opal Swarovski crystals which added a nice finishing touch.
The filigree cross pendants shown in the photo below were created by arranging tiny strands of clay to form a pattern. These were a lot of fun to create as well as the mica shift ones shown in the bottom photo. A mica shift is a technique where you create a ghost image in the clay. The crosses appear textured but in fact they were sanded to a silky smooth finish and then buffed to create a satin sheen.
We decided to finish the crosses with some rich velvet ribbons to create an elegant look.