Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Linen Design Blog Hop

Ceramic Paisley Waxed Linen Necklace and Earring Set
I am excited to be experimenting more with new jewelry making supplies, and waxed linen is one that I am really enjoying.  It takes away the worry that your wire crimps won't hold up.  I also sell my jewelry in many gift shops and galleries, and every now and then, a customer will break a necklace by attempting to pull apart your toggle closure.  Not cool!
I am a ceramic bead artist, so my first step was deciding which pendant and glaze I wanted to design with.  I love my new paisley and I am a blue fan, so I chose Blue Lotus glaze by Mayco.  It has a fun brown crystal burst which gave me my second color inspiration.  Plus, I like the way wood looks with the ceramic, so that's what I used as my accents, along with some 8mm hand rolled ceramic spacer beads glazed to match the pendant.  My favorite metal color is antique copper, so I reached for some chain and a lobster claw clasp to finish the necklace.  I also wanted a pair of earrings to match.  Here is my tray of beady goodness before I sat down to create the finished designs.
While designing the necklace, I though it would look nice to have some vertical drops, so I did add 4 more ceramic spacer beads glazed in Caribbean Blue to the mix.  Here's what I came up with....and I love it!  I hope you do, too.
Thank you to Diana P. from Suburban Girl Studios for being our blog hop hostess!  She also makes gorgeous ceramic beads.  I am the proud owner of quite a few of them!  Please hop around to visit the other participants blogs and see what they designed.  If you'd like to design with my ceramic paisley pendant, they can be found in my etsy shop at
Diana Ptaszynski  

Kelsy Vincent

Susan Kennedy

Linda Landig

Kashmira Patel
Jenny Davies-Reazor

Vanessa Gilkes

Sandy Huntress
Kay Thomerson

Sarajo Wentling

Kari Asbury

Rebecca Anderson

Melissa Trudinger

Ann Schroeder

Shai Williams

Blanca Medina

Cheryl Brown

Johana Nunez Rivera

Lori Bowring Michaud
Kelly Morgan
Barbara Bechtel
Kristen Stevens
Heather Boardman

Janet Bocciardi

Kathy Lindemer

Lesley Watt

Susan Kolovson

Jayne Capps

Cynthia Deis
Erin Siegel
Becky Pancake
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Inge von Roos
Linda Younkman
Sandi Volpe

Toltec Jewels

Michelle Mach

Jen Cameron

Dorothy Winchell

Darlene Mansue



  1. Love your paisley focal and the color combo!

  2. Lovely necklace and earring set. I also do love your paisley focal.

  3. I love paisley so you had me at the focal! Great necklace with good balance and feeling.

  4. Really nice necklace and earring set! That focal you made is GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for participating!

  5. Wow, I love that paisley pendant. Gorgeous and my favorite colors! I'm so envious of the bead artists who can make their own components.

  6. Hi Michelle, Your paisley pendant is wonderful. Good job designing your necklace and earrings.

  7. Beautiful! love the color choices and your paisley pendant is gorgeous!

  8. That focal is gorgeous. I love the way you attached it to the necklace and all the color you used in the piece. Very pretty.

  9. Lovely work and the paisley pendant is fantastic.

  10. Your pendant is just lovely! How great that you could make a necklace that complements it so nicely. Great work!

  11. Wow, I really love your ceramic paisley and your necklace is awesome! Great colors!

  12. Oh, that paisley pendant is gorgeous. I love the color scheme of your necklace design and I love the dangles. Great job.

  13. I love your color choices and that paisley pendant!

  14. Your necklace design and color choice flow together well. What a lovely piece.

  15. Cute paisley piece. The chain added is a nice touch.

  16. Love how you oriented the paisley sideways...makes a world of difference!

  17. Love it Michelle, the pendant is a winner and looks fab strung up on the linen like that!

  18. Beautiful paisley & lovely design! The colors are fabulous, too!