I am so happy to be once again a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Finalist. This time it was for the Metal Competition. The requirements for this competition were to create a design using: metal clay, metal beads, wire, chain, jumprings or findings. Needless to say that I wanted to make something really special for this competition. Then I remembered that I always had in mind to create a necklace with flowers made of recycled aluminium cans. I always keep the soda or the beer cans (I also use them as support for polymer clay bracelets when I bake them) so I had plenty of aluminium cans to cut and shape into petals and to assemble into flowers. The margins of the petals were a little bit sharp so I though it would be a good idea to coat them with polymer clay. I tried also to color the petals with alcohol inks (and the result wasn’t bad), but I preferred the silver look of the raw aluminium. It wasn’t really hard to cut and shape the petals, but I had to be very careful not to cut my fingers:) I have also used jumprings, findings, memory wire to make sure I meet the contest’s requirements.
To add a little bit of glamour to the necklace, I placed a beaded rivoli flower to act as a focal on this slightly off-set necklace. Even tough it is a made mostly of recycled aluminium it does not have a cheap look (in my opinion) and I must say that I love the combination of recycled aluminium cans and polymer clay and I will surely use it in other designs.
Have a wonderful day! Mihaela