Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ornament Thursday

Hey, Hey....It's Ornament Thursday! No that we have moved past the Holidays, I'm making ornaments for your neck instead of the tree. This is my project for today's Ornament Thursday. I have made these cute little heart beads to look like candy. I stamped the letters into wet clay and once they were fired, I could rub an underglaze into the letters. Next, I wiped off the excess glaze and covered the hearts with their color. I had to mix these underglazes up to get the exact colors I wanted. Three coats of a satin clear were painted on and voila, they were ready for the kiln.

I strung the necklace with size 6 seed beads and some pink stones. Here's a close up below. If you don't want to make the beads yourself, I made some extras and put them in my Etsy shop today.
Make sure you check out every one's projects for this month's theme of "Love Story". Melissa Lee's project has my beads in it too! How exciting!

Ornament Thursday Blog
January is coming to an end and Valentine's Day is looming on the horizon. Whether you wish to shower the people you love with love or show yourself a little well deserved affection, the Ornament Thursday Gang has a bevy of beautiful ideas to inspire you!

Art Bead Scene
The designers at Art Bead Scene have two jewelry love stories for you! Elaine Ray links together a little love with her ceramic heart components while Melanie Brooks Lukacs tells a little tale of romance in a Gothic Garden

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy's Love Story is about a hook and beads

Earthenwood Studio Bead Blog
What is sweeter than a mix CD for your Valentine? A yummy gift box in which to present it, filled with candy themed decorations, including a cute bracelet and cell phone charm!

Heart mobile
painted paper pulp hearts

Heather shares her favorite bracelet design in a Valentine inspired color scheme.

Jennifer Heynen of Jangles
Jennifer has made a fun "Ornament" for her neck that looks good enought to eat.

Joolz by Lisa
This "Love Story" will last all year long! Lisa shares how beads and books work together.

Katie's Beading Blog
Here's a happy little heart project for you - use it to embellish a bag or your jeans, or as inspiration for a necklace or bracelet.

Kriss Cramer - Art Interrupted
Grow Love! Nuture and care for your loved ones every day. Use this heartfelt book, you can make yourself, to remind you of all the love you have to give.

Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine
Linda's love story project is a dress she embellished by stenciling dancers and a big band along the hem. Read why and learn how to do it yourself on the Make It Mine blog.

Michelle's Love Story...
The band is getting back together again! Ornament Thursday celebrates the story of love...

Savvy Crafter
Candie's love affair with big rings continue...she's making her own now! Love Stories and more over at the Savvy Crafter! XOXO!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Ah, Love ! This satirical creation of Jean's immortalizes certain women's profound affecton for their ... handbags!!!

Strands of Beads
Love speaks many languages. Learn how to say "I Love You" in an untraditional way with Melissa Lee's whimsical jewelry project.

Alexa shares with you her truly swell and punny Valentines!

The Impatient Blogger
Love is in the air at The Impatient Blogger! Margot shares two vintage inspired jewelry designs that are oozing with a good way!


  1. Jennifer

    How cute is this necklace?! I love it! Those beads are the coolest.


  2. I love this! I always loved candy hearts...not to eat, but to read. This is perfect!

  3. Sweets beads are my weakness! I love this necklace!

  4. I LOVE this!!! This is ADORABLE!!! :-) Hali

  5. So yummy!!!! Love this necklace! Great job!

  6. I love it, love it, love it!!! I want it ! hahahaha!!!

  7. Oh - you could wear a love poem across your chest! Inspiring....

  8. Thanks everyone. I don't know what the obsession with food beads is all about. I sem to making a lot of them lately. It must be the New Year's diet!


  9. I LOVE these hearts! I saw you had some on etsy (not for long I bet)...might have to get some to make a V-Day gift for Emma. Great project.

  10. Lisa,
    Yep, I just put some of these hearts on Etsy yesterday. I only made a few sets. Thanks for checking in.

  11. Jennifer - wonderful beads! I'm licking my lips they look soooo much like the real thing! Awesome work!

  12. Jennifer,

    It's just like candy! What a great idea.

    Hope you're warm and toasty in the South. ANOTHER snowy night in Wisconsin--but at least we're not in the negative digits like we were earlier this week!


  13. Beads + Candy = YUM!

    Another great design and awesome beads, my friend!

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  15. I love candy hearts, too, but not as much as I love your beady version! These are awesome!

  16. Adorable! I had a conversation at work about "conversation hearts" and so many people had no clue that they were called that! I love this.

  17. Be still my heart, is that a conversation heart necklace!?!?! I love it!!


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