Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Stacked Spinner Pendants

Some time ago I made a lot of little flat beads in circles, squares, and oval shapes with the vague intention of using them in bracelets. And maybe someday there will be bracelets. Instead, for some odd reason known not even to me, I started making these little stacked bead pendants. It all happened when I was using a piece of wire to have a look at different combinations of beads. Then out came the torch to make head pins, the bench block to make paddles, and well the bracelet idea had pretty much flown away by then.

These are actually quite fun. If you squint just right some of them look a little like pagodas. I think of them as interactive pendants because all of the little parts spin. Because of the different shapes of beads you can change the profile by twisting the beads into a new position. I think about those old days when I had to sit in meeting for countless hours, bored to tears, and I would have loved to have one these to play with while I tried to keep from yawning.

These ones are off to First Friday and market this week. All except one that I'm claiming for myself. I'm thinking it could come in handy waiting at the doctor's office or better yet when I'm having my 'oh dear I'm at the dentist anxiety. '

Thanks everyone for stopping by the cranapple post. I had no idea there were so many cranberry lovers out there.

14 comments:

The Joy of Nesting said...

LeAnn,

These are just so way to cool!!! They should be issued to all car pool moms and to every single person as they enter the security check line at the air ports!!!!

Good luck this weekend,I bet you sell all you take and then some!! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Barbara Lewis said...

These are great! Love the colors, especially the bronze and purplish ones. These could be your equivalent of "worry beads." :-)

mairedodd said...

these are wonderful! and you are right, perfect as little worry stones... (just saw that barbara said that! :0) ) love them - all of them - esp the top left, and, and!!

SueBeads said...

They are great - I saw pagodas! I'm sure you'll have good luck with these!

sharon said...

Looove these LeAnn! I thought Asian before I read your post....they are beautiful....tranquil looking. The colors are luscious.

SummersStudio said...

Pattie, you are too too funny! I'll contact the TSA in the morning and see if I can set up distribution centers with the airports. The car pool mums might take a little longer.


Barbara & Maire, I may just have to start marketing these as 'worry' pendants. I actually sold the first one a couple of weeks ago just because the woman liked touching the beads.

Sharon & Sue, while I hardly ever set out to get an Asian feel to things, it always tickles me pink to have people see that influence.

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

Love them LeAnn! Yep, I see the pagoda influence there as well...they're fantastic :) What cute earrings they would make...

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh yeah... I thought about how fun these would be to twist in my fingers. Instead of worry beads can we call them something else? How about "blessing beads" to remind yourself to count them...or "joy beads" to stop and take stock of what brings you joy. There is too much worry in the world. Thanks for sharing. I predict these will sell like hotcakes! Enjoy the day! Erin

Judy said...

I agree these are just great and would be awesome "touch stones". Maybe I could use one when I am having my root canal in a few weeks!

stregata said...

Love them, LeAnn! They are sure to find a big following!

lunedreams said...

They make me think of tiny little cairns. Cool! Sort of ancient feeling. Are those brass headpins?

Aalina Eden said...

Here are a couple of really easy pendants you can make that would be good Christmas or holiday gifts this year. I used CopprClay, but you could use any other metal clay you wanted, or even polymer clay. Since these end up looking somewhat like fossils, it would be interesting to experiment with some of the “granite ” colored polymer clays, or to mix your own faux stone. Vintage Rings

Esther said...

beautifuls!!

Joella said...

Love!