A few more things I’ve been wanting to make and couldn’t wait for the studio remake because the HCMT/Pittsburgh C.A.T. Spaghetti Dinner is this Sunday!
Black Cat Collection Cabochon Pendants
Like so many other items, I’ve been envisioning this style of cabochon pendants with my art and photos in them for quite a long time. I hesitated to bring in one more set of parts to my overcrowded studio until I had the storage space, but these would just not wait. They are a 1″ antique brass frame with a 1″ wide by 1/4″ deep convex cabochon of clear glass. Each comes with an 18″ antique brass chain.
I purchased a set of four to try out so the only hard part was narrowing down the images to use, and, honestly, that took me days of collecting them on my computer, compiling them into contact sheets, taping them up on the wall and setting them out on my desk so I could get quick glances to see which images would work best for these tiny displays. Then this morning I had eliminated many of the images but still could not decide which to use and sent a set to some trusty friends for their opinions.
These were fun to make and I have already begun to make more in different shapes for Sunday. I’ll be sure to make them after the dinner too, and then I’ll list them here. I have both silver and solid black frames, and of course I’ll also be featuring torties and orange boys and fluffy white kitties and more! If you have any comments or requests, please let me know.
Three Cats Trinket Dishes
Another new idea for the spaghetti dinner this weekend—a new trinket dish design. The dishes are 3″ white polymer clay but this time I’ve stamped “Three Cats Looking” in Royal Violet ink. I love this little brush pen sketch and I’ve always wanted to do something with it, so I had a stamp made and here is the first something. I wanted them to look as if they are looking over the edge of the dish so they are way at the top. I may paint one or two of these before Sunday, and some other ideas include a square or rectangular dish, and a flat coaster. I really, really want to do something with the tail to let it hang off an edge or something, but I’m just not sure the polymer clay will stand up to a beating with a tail that thin.
It’s always exciting to see a new design in its first use, and it really gets the creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to play around with these trinket dishes just a little bit this weekend and see what people think on Sunday, and get to other new things later!
And just to prove that my designs are “inspired by cats you know”, here is the photo I took when I sketched the three of them. You can read about the designs in my original post for this daily sketch.
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