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Both of these barrettes are from the same combination of alcohol inks.  The first one I decided not to trim with copper clay.  I like how it looks.  The leaves seem to blend together with just a little bit of white to separate them.

This barrette has the copper clay trim.  I think that it looks more finished then the first.  You see both of the leaves and they don’t seem to blend together.

This is one of the new fall leaves barrettes that I made.  I colored the white clay with three different colors of alcohol inks and added a copper additive (also alcohol ink).  The texture is done by pressing some of the leaves that mother nature drops in my back yard at this time of the year.

I am thinking of doing other barrettes with different colors of alcohol inks.  I can even add different additives like pearl, gold or silver.  I might even do some and add snow flakes to them.

Well, I have it all done and ready to wear.  The glass beads add a dimension to the barrette that just the flowers does not.

I like that the flowers still show through very well.  The glass beads create a muted look, like you where looking through a rain covered window.  I am thinking of other designs that I can use the glass beads one to create other effects.


After a lot of delay and saying that I should spend so time creating and playing with my polymer clay, I have finally done so.

What actually got me into the craft room was an order.  A customer wanted two of each of the barrettes that she ordered and since I usually only have one, I had to create ones to match.  I have most of them done but was not happy with one of the recreations so I am redoing it. 

I also picked up stuff that I had been planning on using with clay and used it.  I had a couple of jars of tiny glass beads that I thought might make great accents on barrettes.  The beads are clear so that I could use them on almost any of the designs I have.  I made a barrette out of a sheet of flowers that I put together monthes ago and added the beads using liquid polymer clay.  I like how that barrette turned out.  Right now it is cooling and then I will glue the barrette back on.  Hopefully tonight I will get a picture of it to post.

I am going back to the clay room and will be picking up the alcohol inks and trying to create a leaf patterned barrette.  I will post about the results soon.


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