Etsy Metal Clay Team Challenge "Hinges"

The Etsy Metal Clay team took a vote and decided that our second team challenge would be hinges. All jewelry pieces would incorporate a hinge into the design. Below are some of the designs the various artists of the EMC team came up with.

Jennifer Smith-Righter of Wearable By Design sent me the lovely purse pendant shown above for her hinge challenge submission. She describes her process as; " I created it by making two templates, one for the front and back of the purse and a second for the flap. I joined the front and back of the purse with a single strip of metal clay. The handle was created from a mold of a brass picture hanger, in which I set three (2mm) faceted sapphires. The flap also has a tube set faceted sapphire. The hinge was created by making a snake of metal clay, which was hollowed out and sawn into three knuckles. I then attached the three knuckles to the back and the flap of the purse, creating a hinge. The hinge is held together with argentium wire, slayed at both ends.

Lori Magno of Moda di Magno submitted the above hinge pendant. Lori calls this pendant her "Al Green pendant". The pendant is inspired from the lyrics "Lets Stay Together" (when times are good or bad, or happy or sad) The pendant has all of these words and can be flipped to the word you are most in the mood for depending on your day. Good luck to Lori as she prepares for the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia next week.

Nicola Callow of Murano Silver submitted the Holy Curiosity Pendant listed above. The quote listed inside the pendant is from Albert Einstein, Nicola said what artist doesn't need to have holy curiosity? This was Nicola first hinge she made purely out of metal clay.

Catherine Witherell of Happy Day Art submitted the gorgeous cuff listed above for the team challenge. She calls her cuff the teeny peony hinged cuff. Her hinged cuff is made from PMC+ and the hinge is held together by a rivet made from argentium silver. The clasp is closed with a peg made of argentium silver and a small length of sterling silver chain.

Ruth Baillie of Birdland Creations submitted her Nesting Place Pendant. The Nesting Place pendant depicts a little songbird perched on her birdhouse. The roof of the birdhouse opens to reveal three little eggs in a nest tucked away safely inside. All components were made with metal clay other than the sterling silver chain.

Bev's Beach House Pendant

Bev Gallerani of Mango Tango Designs submitted the Beach House Pendant listed above. Bev's pendant is composed of precious metal clay. She has Incorporated her famous shells onto her beach house pendant.

Lisa Butterfly Pendant

Lisa Woinarski of Lillipilli Designs submitted this beautiful butterfly. Lisa described her butterfly pendant process; "This little butterfly fluttered out of my head one day and into PMC. The hinges mean that the wings actually flap and move as they sit in the necklace. I used one of my batik textures from a photopolymer plate. I applied liver of sulur patina to give the wings some detail and a gorgeous rainbow patina color. I then polished the high points to let the silver shine through.

Carrie Benvenuti of Uranium Cafe submitted a pendant she calls Arizona Sunrise. Her pendant is inspired from the state flag of Arizona. At the right time in the morning, just before the sun rises above the mountains, the sun's ray beams through the sky is an inspiration to see. The body of the pendant is one inch by one inch with a cold connection at the hinge. Carrie's Arizona Sunrise pendant opens to reveal the lovely sunrise that inspired her.

I hope you enjoyed the EMC Team Hinges challenge. A big thank you to all of our members who participated in this challenge. I hope we can make a themed team challenge a staple of the EMC Team Blog.


Another Bracelet Full of Love - HEARTS FOR HAITI

Here are some photos of the second charm bracelet created by the Etsy Metal Clay team as a donation to a worthy charity. There are 25 silver, bronze or copper charms -- some with gemstones, some with polymer clay, some with concrete or enamel or resin; but every single one made with love.

The bracelet is for sale via the Hearts for Haiti shop on Etsy for only $350 THE BRACELET HAS SOLD!!! - that is a crazy good style bargain and providing aid for people so desperately in need.  Get on over to the shop and get yourself a piece of EMC awesomeness!  FREE SHIPPING because we love you.

The artists involved in this amazing project are (in alphabetical order)
*Click the name to visit the shop



A couple of snapshots of the Etsy Metal Clay team charm bracelet that was donated to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation for its annual gala & auction this past November.  The bracelet contains 25 team charms as well as a special charm created for the foundation and featuring #63 Joe Andruzzi's famous 'finger point' pose from when the New England Patriots won the superbowl.

The team is currently debating where to donate a second bracelet where it will have the most impact.


Wearable By Design in Etsy Vote for Favorite Best Seller

I actually am fond of Etsy Voter series. It is a good way to be introduced to new work on Etsy you have never seen before. The latest Voting Poll is for Etsy Favorite Best Sellers over the Holiday Season. Jennifer Smith-Righter from Wearable by Design is in this latest Voting Poll. Her Silver Cuff Links - Bicycle Gear have made the list. Please help our EMC team member to the top of the list with your vote by clicking on this link! Congrats Jennifer! Well Done.

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