In this workshop, I’ll begin by sharing how to easily create a tube bead necklace, with a custom clay bezel. Then the real fun begins - I’ll be showing you how to make five different succulents to fill your bezel for this very unique piece of jewelry.
Why succulents? Succulents really are on trend right now - they are popping up everywhere - not just in home decor and gardening centers - but in jewelry and fashion also - bracelets, necklaces, headbands, barrettes, earrings, and even rings. Big, bold pieces packed with succulents. Especially on wedding jewelry. On sites like Pinterest, you’ll find a wide assortment of jewelry made with real mini succulents, that the wearer can plant after the event. There are a few polymer clay options out there also. I wanted to design something that was a bit of a blend between the real versions, and the polymer clay versions I saw, and this mini succulent garden necklace was the result.
Not interested in creating a wearable succulent garden? The techniques you’ll learn can be used to create life size home decor pieces too - made entirely of clay. Just alter your sizes as needed and let your creativity take care of the rest.
Cindi Bisson McGee has been working in the craft industry for over 15 years as a mixed-media artist. She is multi-published via web TV, websites, ebooks, books and magazines, and recently represented KellyCraft™ Innovations on HSN. Cindi enjoys experimenting with many types of mixed-media to create home decor, jewelry, wearable fashion, textured/dimensional projects and paper crafts. Cindi has a passion for teaching and sharing the world of creativity with others and can often be found at events, trade shows and in stores demonstrating products, hosting make & takes, and teaching workshops. Her motto is “Dare to be Different.” Her style is diverse, and she is always seeking new opportunities to share her creative abilities and work with new products in unique ways.