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This week I made yellow polymer clay focals. I started off making a domed slider pendant that could also be used as a cabochon in a bead embroidery project.

Mokume gane slider pendant by Cate van Alphen

Mokume gane slider pendant by Cate van Alphen

I made a shank button to go with it too. (The wire in the pictures is there to show the position of the hole in the slider pendant.)

Back of slider pendant and shank button

Then I remembered I had timed yellow to this time of year so that I could make daffodils :). I decided to sculpt little daffodils, and to protect the tiny petals while the pendant is worn, I reused the mokume gane dome idea and cut a window to show the flowers inside.

Daffodil pendant by Cate van Alphen

Daffodil pendant by Cate van Alphen

Since I had matching beads from an earlier week, and a shank button to use as a closure (made using the clay from the hole of the dome), I couldn’t resist making a necklace.

Daffodil necklace by Cate van Alphen

Daffodil necklace by Cate van Alphen

The back of the pendant also has a mokume gane pattern.

Back of Daffodill necklace by Cate van Alphen

Back of Daffodill necklace by Cate van Alphen

But that’s not all! I also made a tassel pendant using a cylinder bead and some of my rustic sequin beads together with silk yarn, satin ribbon and coloured copper wire.

Tassel pendant by Cate van Alphen

Tassel pendant by Cate van Alphen

The last pendant is a work in progress. I still need to clean off the sanding dust and finish the edging. But I thought it was interesting to show the progression of the dome idea.

WIP Concentric dome pendant by Cate van Alphen

Concentric dome pendant by Cate van Alphen (WIP)

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