Monday, April 23, 2012

Marcie - a thank you necklace

As some of you may know, a few months ago, one of my favorite bead artists Marcie Abney had a project published in Beadwork magazine. In a question to the contributors about whom them would like to take a private lesson with, she was very kind to mention me. I didn't know about it until Mezz (a buddy of mine) saw it in the magazine and mentioned it on the Australian Beading Forum. It came as such a great surprise! Anyhow, to show my appreciation, I decided to make something for her. I asked her what her favorite colours were, and used them all in this piece. I painted the cab on a white polymer clay base, and coated it with resin. The girl is my interpretation of her in my mind's eye. One new technique I have used in this piece is hand dyeing - the lace in the base was white originally, and I dyed it manually in various colours to match the cab and the rest of the necklace. The butterfly was made with bronze clay, in which I set a couple of cubic zirconium to add some extra sparkle, then aged it with liver of sulphur. The orange rose was a resin one which I bought, and I added some highlite with gold Gilder's paste. The necklace is a little longer in real life - I tucked it up slightly at the back for photo purpose. I sent the piece off about a week ago, and today I received an email from Marcie to say that she had receive it. I'm really pleased that she likes it!

Thank you, my friend!

If you haven't visited Marcie's blog, you should! I LOVE her work. And here is the link to her blog:


  1. I can't believe how incredibly talented you are and that I actually own this amazing piece!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. You're most welcome, my dear friend, and thank you so much for mentioning me in the magazine. You have no idea how thrilled I was when my friend told me. You're so sweet and kind!

  3. This necklace is really beautiful. A lot of hand-maded items - I admire your versatility and skills.

  4. A fantastically beautiful necklace with so many romantic, delicate details. The cabochon is first class. I think Marcie's face is painted very well.
    She will have a lot of fun with this piece of jewelery.
    All the best:
    Uli from Lower-Austria

  5. Another piece of wonderful and great ... I love it!!!

  6. Una pieza preciosa y muy, muy original!!!
    Saludos y hasta muy pronto.

  7. Thank you, ladies, for all your beautiful comments. I had a lot of fun making this piece. Your lovely comments make my day! :)

  8. What a wonderful gift- both of you, and what a great necklace. I love all the colors and textures you were able to incorporate.

  9. It is from a... fairy tale?
    The color combinations is wonderful!
    Your creations are invitation to work harder!

  10. Hello KJ and MIX,
    Thank you both for taking the time to leave me such positive comments. All your comments mean a lot to me. Thanks again! :)

  11. And thanks to you too, designbyjoanna. We must have been typing our comments at about the same time. Much appreciated. :)

  12. What a totally gorgeous necklace, you have such talent, so glad I found your blog.

  13. Ohhh what a lucky girl Marcie is.

    I have been following her blog for some time now as well as following your amazing work for many years through the Australian Beading Forum as well as your blog...a great combination of talented girls! So generous of you Caroline - gosh I'd be happy enough to see one of your pieces up close let alone be gifted one.


  14. Hi Jackie, turkusowekorale and Karyn-buddy,
    Thanks for your lovely comments. I really appreciate them. And Karyn, hope we get to meet one day and see each other's creations in person. :)

  15. Una maravilla me dejas alucinada me encanta este tipo de collares Vintage. Felicitaciones

  16. Hello Noelia,
    Glad you like Marcie, and thanks for leaving me a comment. Have a great day!