Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Whimsy Wednesday!! Ice Cream!!!

Hello Hello!!!
I have a treat to show you-all today!
I was fortunate enough to win a guest spot on the Earthenwood Design Team and have the opportunity to play with one of Melanie's Ice Cream Cone pendants and matching round link!
So now you know the part about the treat!!
With such an awesome set of beads to work with, I wanted to create something very special and very summery.

I naturally tend towards a vintage or earthy feel with much of Melanie's work and this creation is no exception. I found the vintage-inspired filigree pinwheel and Sun link and knew that the design was starting to take shape! I've never been good at leaving well-enough alone, so I decided I would paint hand-coloured resin on both the Sun link and the pinwheel.
The Sun link is painted a sunny yellow, naturally! Take a peek at it with the delicious Ice Cream Cone pendant suspended from a wonderfully fluid spiral connector!

I'm also not one to necessarily take the easy way out and besides, who ever saw a pinwheel that was all one colour?! I decided that I would paint 3 different colours on that pinwheel! That was a little tricky, but I think the end result turned out fabulously!!
Here! Let me show you!

I wanted to show the next step as the creation was growing into completion...

The marvelous Ice Cream Cone and coloured Sun link are in the center, accented by that nifty spiral. The matching ceramic link to the left. I decided to pair that with a hook and use it as the creation's clasp! The coloured pinwheel is on the right with some dainty glass drops that reminded me of melted ice cream drops.

The rest of the creation grew together around the central idea of SUMMER! and what that means to me...
To evoke the light and airy feeling of summer, I used a vibrant green Fairy ribbon as the neck cord.
To add whimsy and yet more sweetness, a Venetian glass heart and green ladybug (for luck!) became linky-connectors.
And to sweetly top the creation off, I added Swarovski crystal danglies suspended in front of the pinwheel as well as a hand-distressed brass star.
And so here we are at the finished creation!
Title: The Sweetness of Summer
Ingredients: Earthenwood Ice Cream Cone Pendant and matching Link, hand-coloured links (with non-toxic resin), Venetian glass, Swarovski crystal, hand-finished brass and brass filigree, Fairy ribbon, Czech Glass, thread.

Now, click on over and feast on the rest of delectable creations by the Earthenwood Design Team and those nummy ice cream cones!

Andrew Thornton
Gaea Cannaday
Denise Yezbak Moore
Erin Prais-Hintz
Heather Powers
Lorelei Eurto
Lori Anderson
Jean Yates
Marie Dodd
Erin Siegal
Guest Designer:
Michelle Mach

See you Friday!


  1. Great work, Amy! I particularly like your unconventional use of the Vintaj components, like the pinwheel and the swirl clasp as the connector. And I love that the sun is melting the ice cream with a drip, drip, drip of the dangles. So glad you could play along!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. Hello Erin!!
    Why Thank YOU so much!! It is so much fun when others see all the little details that are lovingly built into a creation!!
    Have yourself a fabulous day, too!!!