Can I possibly pull this off? I don't know, we shall see. I was desperate the last few days to try something new, and out of of my current comfort zone, and when I picked up the design booklet at Michael's yesterday, for the new Industrial Chic line from Susan Lenart Kazmer, I thought, maybe this was the ticket. Needless to say, I walked out with $39 worth of doodads, nothing major. Here's what I came up with.
I bought a package of these twisted links, and added some of my art beads to the ends, dangling them as a charm type necklace on copper bar chain from Ornamentea. The Stamped copper charm is from Zoa Art, the Ceramic flower is from Lisa Peters Art, and the Glass headpin is from Gardanne Beads.
I created this necklace while chatting with Debby on Facebook. I had gotten to the end of it and was complaining to her how I wished I had some sort of small word charm to add to the other woodland charms. Didn't end up finding anything but I still like the way it turned out anyway. I bought the Industrial Chic metal washer type rings at Michaels , and thread them onto small chain, and hung a Green Girl Studios Mushroom charm, a bee and mushroom from Jangles, and a ceramic leaf from Every Heart Crafts. I like the Steel wire up around the back of the necklace. This is a new thing for me, I think I like it. Added a bit of softness with a little teal silk tie.
This bracelet was inspired by one of the bracelet designs in the technique booklet. I bought of these cute little metal tins, and took the loops off, and added my own brass wire and spacers. The clasp at one side is also from the I.C. line. Used some brass wire, in a bangle style, and strung more of those washers, and a few lampwork discs (HMB Studios, and Ellen Dooley) I had originally made this piece with steel wire, but liked the look of the brass much more, so I switched it all up. I also love the contrast of the metal sliders on the brass wire.
These were fun to make, I feel satisfied. I had been holding off buying some of these things at Michaels, because of a few reasons. It was hard for me to buy components that weren't "the real thing"- especially since Objects and Elements has such a great selection of components that are heavy duty, real metal, handmade items. But once I let this go, and realized that yes, Michael's recreated these components on a more affordable level for beaders on a budget, and that yes, you get what you pay for- I decided to try a few out.
I have bought certain things at Michael's before- where the quality of product just wasn't there, so this was another reason I was hesitant. I think I made smart decisions, and bought components that seem solidly made, that I can actually use, and sell my designs knowing that they won't fall apart. I love the fact that Susan encourages you to alter the pieces any way you want, for your designs.
Well, anyway, that's my 2 cents on that.