Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stone and Shore


I guess when you get right down to it, although I feel that my style has evolved over the past couple years working with metal clay, I just fundamentally like the idea of small boxes filled with bits of...stuff.  As everyone in my family will tell you, I am a collector by nature, so perhaps the boxes are just an expression of this aspect of my personality.   

Anyway, here's another iteration of a treasure box pendant.  This one is pretty simple - I turned one of my Sea Change pendants into a small box - here's the reverse side of the above photo:


Actually, I am completely out of epoxy right now - and the place I usually buy it from is closed for Rosh Hashanah - so I haven't set the tiny pebbles in the top photo.  (It's just as well - I think I'm going to remove the bit of sea glass - the color just seems a little too jarring next to all of those nice earthy tones.)  They are part of the mass of stones that the Short One and I happily collected on the shores of Lake Michigan this summer.  The pendant is reasonably small (for me, at least) at approximately 1.25" x 1.5", including bail.  I think it will make a nice reversible piece once it's finished.  I suspect the stones will look good strung with either wooden or coconut shell beads (or both).

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7 comments:

Carmi said...

I really love this!

SueBeads said...

Can't wait to see it finished, Melissa!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Thank you, Carmi!

Sue, I can't believe I ran out of epoxy! Oh, well!

stregata said...

Oh, I love it!! I am a collector myself and this idea is fantastic!!

Andrew Thornton said...

I like it a lot! I like it a lot! Keep up the good work!

Christina J. said...

I love it. I agree; the sea glass is a bit jarring next to the earthy tones. Great idea!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sometimes I wonder if I'm just weird when I look at unwearable things - like the shore-line at our local beach - and try to figure out how to wear them. It's good to know that other people think this way, too.