A few weeks ago, I bought some miniature cookie cutters in the shapes of butterflies. As soon as I got home, I used one of them to make a couple of bronze clay butterflies. The first one I added to the necklace I made for Marcie, shown in my previous post. The second one, well, was used here. I have always loved butterflies. When I was 5 or 6, I didn't want to be a fairy, princess or ballerina, but rather, I wanted to be a butterfly. I would put my Mom's long lacy petticoat on, and hold one of her colourful silk scarves, flap my arms around and pretend to be a butterfly. Anyhow, I decided to make a necklace with a butterfly theme. I painted the lady's face on washi paper on a polymer clay base, and covered it with resin. The lace motif was white originally, and I dyed it manually to match the cabochon. Am quite happy with how this turns out. Interestingly, when I showed the necklace to my husband, he said that the bronze butterfly looked just like one of those butterfly shurikens that a Ninja would use. Guess men and women do look at things differently, LOL. The picture below shows the back of the necklace - I used ribbon in matching colour to finish it off.
Hope you like the piece. Please click on the photos if you'd like a larger view.
Making jewelry is my passion. I work in the health profession during the day, and spend most of my free time designing and making jewelry. I do beading, wirework, metal clay, polymer clay, enameling, and a little lampwork and traditional silversmithing. I'm also a member of a lapidary club where I learnt to cab stones and teach classes. I've written multiple projects for Australian beading magazines, and many of my pieces have been published in magazines in both Australia and overseas. I have won multiple awards and competitions, and I'm a member of the Australian Beading Forum. That's me in a nutshell!