Dingle dangle day

I celebrated the first day of spring with a long walk this morning and a long walk this afternoon. In between, I put together some earrings with some of the patinated pieces I finished waxing yesterday. (The weather was so nice, I decided to go out rather than take time to take additional photos for listing these on my Etsy site. Maybe tomorrow morning…)

Copper metal clay beads with tearaway texture, russet red patina, fine silver disc, ceramic disc, sterling silver head pin:

More russet red patina on brass paddle beads, sterling silver head pins and beads:

More brass paddles with ocean blue patina, enameled headpins, sterling silver and glass beads:

Brass leaves from Beadin’ Path, verdigris patina, enameled head pins, patinated head pins, s.s. beads, glass beads:

Ceramic beads topped with copper bead cap treated with mix of Persian indigo and laurel green patina; copper headpin with same patina mix:

Bronze clay bunchberry leaves with chestnut brown patina, s.s. beads:

Stamped copper rings, brass discs, treated with ocean blue patina, freshwater pearls:

Earrings below from a few days ago. No patina pieces, but a pair of the cool enameled fluted bead caps made by Sue Kennedy at SueBeads. The Über handy, Über useful enameled head pins are also made by Sue.


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14 responses to “Dingle dangle day

  1. Oh my goodness!!! I knew whatever you created would be beautiful…but these are ridiculously gorgeous! It would be impossible to pick a favorite! WOW!


    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Patti. It’s hard for me to decide on one favorite. My favorite idea to pursue is to make more of my own copper and bronze beads and patina them. I can tell you that in this batch, the russet red is my favorite color. There are so many directions to take, this was a fun way to start.


    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Ruth! Nice to have you stop by! Are the lilacs out early this year? I guess this is still too early, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear they are budding. Everything is early in Maine. Which means crocus flowers are starting to open up in the morning. Daffodil shoots are showing promise. We are usually quite far behind you, but this is early stuff for us!


  2. holly

    nice! you’re SO productive! i had a chance to get in the studio and i read a book instead…..
    i’m more likely to pop in for a half hour if i’m in the MIDDLE of something, so i should probably take some time to start a FEW things…then there will be half-finished projects to pop in and work on for a stretch of time…


  3. LeAnn

    All this color is so nice and so fitting a celebration of spring.


    • Barb Fernald

      I love thinking of all the color you are already seeing LeAnn. You deserve every beautiful flower coming your way my strong friend!


  4. Thanks for turning me on to Miss Ficklemedia’s patina tutorial and recipes, Barb. They have become the backbone of my new copper line. I love the laurel green best of all, but the russet red is a close second. I also dig the peacock blue. Yummy!!


    • Barb Fernald

      Hi Wendy! Isn’t it fun to use those with copper clay? I love knowing that you use them too. Now I don’t wait with fingers crossed hoping for interesting patina when the copper and bronze pieces come out of the kiln. They get brushed and thrown in the tumbler so they’re ready for Shannon’s patinas. I haven’t tried the laurel green yet, except for mixing it with some blue. The red is still my favorite.


  5. love those earrings Barb!! the shapes, the colors… fun!


  6. Wow, Barb, I love all your earrings! Heading to your shop!


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