Monday, February 20, 2012

Stringing and Hanging Pendants

Saturday I spent time putting jump rings and stringing pendants on leather cord. I took more photos of the pendants with cord and uploaded them in my Etsy Pottery Shop. I took a few photos of the pendants on the vine trays I made. I think it helps to visualize the colors of the pendants when they are photographed on a different background color rather than the neutral burlap background.

I had previously purchased leather cord in black and brown already made up with chain and lobster clasps on Etsy. I have a hard time visualizing the size of items in millimeters so I thought if I could see some jump rings in person that might help me decide which size to use.

I went to Michaels to look at some jump rings in person and I took my pendants with me. Michaels has packages of jump rings in mixed sizes. Later I went to Hobby Lobby around the corner and they had packages with all one size. I ended up getting 9 mm jump rings from Hobby Lobby. 

Earlier on Saturday I put more pendants on hemp cord for Gary to sell at the flea market. I wanted a way to display them upright. I use the  hemp cord for the flea market cause folks are there for bargains, but the pendants look so much better on the leather cord I may switch over to that.

I had a canvas for painting and put some self adhesive hooks on the back. This is an inexpensive, quick and easy way to make up a pendant display. I have too many pendants displayed on the canvas right now but you get the idea. For transport I thought I'd just put a piece of painter's tape across the pendants to keep them from swinging to and fro. If the canvas gets dirty it can be painted or covered with another type of material. A frame around the canvas might look nice too.

The hooks are attached on the back at various levels so the pendants hand at different levels on the front and so the hooks and ends of the hemp cord don't show on the front..

These self adhesive hooks could even be put on the front on a nice piece of wood to hang earrings or could be used other ways. I ended up using some glue to make the hook attachment stronger.

Here's a quick photo (sorry about the lighting) of the pendants displayed with the leather cord instead of the hemp, they look better with the leather cords and not so crowded.

I finished smashing my pottery rejects and those pieces with cracks. Sometimes it's hard to smash certain pieces of pottery I've made. I'm finally getting around to sending out packages of pottery shards to several mosaic artists I know today. Gee, I wonder if the post office is open today? This post is part of Artists in Blogland show and tell Saturday. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. The pendents look great, why not have some with hemp and some with leather at the flea market and let the customer's choose?
    I tried to smash a very old pot of mine during a really frustrating part of my weekend electrical problems. It's good to have a few pieces around just for those times.

  2. that is a great idea for a display... thanks for sharing!
    I have trouble trying to figure out how big 9 mm etc. is without seeing it in person. i guess if we were working in jewelry all the time eventually we would remember.

  3. lovely, simply lovely! I wish I had the money to buy them all.

  4. Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by my blog, I love your pendants, they are so earthy and organic.

  5. Don't bother going to the PO today, they have yet another holiday.

  6. I like them displayed with the cords and not crowded. You can see each one better.
    I am glad there is a use for the shards. I wondered about that.

  7. Hi Lori, thanks, yes smashing gets out a lot of frustrations of many of the foolish circumstances of life. Good idea, I've made up two boards one with the leather cords and cone with the hemp cords, thanks for the tip.

    Hi Michele, thanks, at least I know now what size to get the 9 mm just barely fits the cord and the depth from the hole to edge of the pendant. I try to make my holes as close as I can but if they are too close there is a danger of cracking there. The next size up was 12 mm at Hobby Lobby, I am hopeful someone has 10 mm which would give a little more leeway without being too close for comfort or too big.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, I will sell them at a discount without the cord, let me know.

    Hi Ellie, thanks, glad you like them, they are made with real leaves.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, gee no wonder they had to raise the price of postage. I think they should have closed one day a week and kept the postage the same rate.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yeah the shards could also be used in the bottom of container plants for better drainage too.

  8. Lovely pendants!

    You know who would appreciate and love them? The people over at Art Bead Scene Blog.

    I'm glad you've got a use for the pottery shards! Another might be to sell/give them to wire artists who could wrap them in interesting ways.

    -- Sarah, visiting from Artists in Blogland

  9. Hi Sarah, thanks so much for visiting and for the tips.

  10. I am visiting from Artists in Blogland - love your pendants!

  11. Love the necklaces! Simple & pretty. I wish that I could buy one.

  12. Love the necklaces! Simple & pretty.


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