Fickle Heart necklace

February 28, 2011

Hi bloglandia!  This is jewelry designer Cindy.  I was asked to write about my favorite piece of jewelry that I myself created for Rings & Things’ 2011/2012 catalog…

Fickle heart necklace

Finished "Fickle" copper clay necklace

I picked Fickle because I love working with COPPRclay.  Yes, you need a kiln (I bought the Caldera).  I know that is an obstacle for a lot of people as kilns aren’t exactly cheap.  Best to view it as an investment rather than an impulse buy.  But once you have it, all kinds of jewelry-making doors are open to you: fused glass, ceramics, enameling and, of course, metal clay!

I made the Fickle heart pendant during an in-house training session.  Since it was my first time working with COPPRclay, I didn’t have any big goals in mind when I started.  I just wanted to see how the copper clay behaved compared to bronze clay and silver clay.  I was really happy with its workability.  It took textures easily and didn’t dry out too quickly.  It was easy to connect pieces with a little slip.  As you can see, we had a full range of tools and textures and other fun things to play with.

clay chaos

copper clay workshop supplies

I don’t know why I wrote “fickle” on the clay.  I had just finished a trail run, despite my insistence that I am not a runner, so maybe my subconscious was just acknowledging what the world already knows: I change my mind every 3.2 seconds.

Anyway, I just Googled the phrase “fickle heart” in the hopes that there was a meaningful, well-known quote I could claim as my inspiration.  There wasn’t.  But, I learned that the Brit band Sniff ‘n’ the Tears released their first album, titled Fickle Heart, in 1978, which just so happens to be the year I was born.  How’s that for serendipity?

COPPRclay before being fired

COPPRclay before being fired

I hung my fickle little heart with night blue Swarovski crystal pearls, using dotted copper ring beads as spacers.  The back of the necklace is two strands of silky rattail.  I really wish rattail wasn’t called rattail — it is such an unappealing name for such a nice, soft, affordable cording.  The only drawback to working with rattail is its tendency to fray when you cut the ends, but that is easily solved by wrapping a little piece of tape around it before you cut.   Dabbing a bit of glue on the cut end also works.

Whether you are fickle like me or constant and true in your affections, I highly recommend COPPRclay as a way to create jewelry that is personally meaningful.  Have fun creating your own designs!

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  • Reply Krista French March 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I love your heart necklace it is a real stunner.

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