November Component of the month – I’m “lichen”it!

November! As I write this I have second Thanksgiving in the oven – the goal being turkey leftovers… and the first of my Holiday shows happening tomorrow! Its here! The holidaze is upon us… But as November draws to a close, let me share with you the phenomenal ceramic focals that Caroline Dewison of Blueberri Beads has created for the COM this month: 

Carolines lichen pendants

Crusty amd organic! Saturated color! Matte and glossy! And the texture… She calls them Lichen pendants and I totally see that. I confess – I have taken to calling mine barnacles. When you see the stunning colors I have you will understand – pewter, deep teal, smoky plum… The barnacles spoke to me of the sea, of sirens, and treasure and depth and age. So the barnacles were the inspiration – to create a nest of similar shapes… 

additional barnacles

I created a few small polymer barnacle shapes to embellish around my cab. ( Caroline made pendants and cabs… ) And I created 2 clusters/connectors – to transition from multi-strands in the front to silk in the back. They are painted and stained in smoky plum and dark grey/blue. I have added Diamond glaze on the inside only to echo the glazed areas on Caroline’s cab. Here they are together; I am content with the colors. 

plan comes together

The small polymer barnacles are in place, and the peyoyte bezel portion is complete: 

Beads begin...

The beading was so much fun! I had set up a balanced/asymetrical composition with the additional polymer pieces and tried to keep going with that… I particulalry like the lentils standing up on the top right of the piece. 

Beads are done

The plan is to do short strands of seed beads, three on each side – you can see the Beadalon in lace below. Sadly I had the larger size, and needed smaller in order to string 15’s! So the piece is on hold for now… The triple strands will be app 2.5″ long, loop into the barnacle connectors, and the piece will have silk from the connectors all the way around the back. 

COM waiting

Sorry I can’t show you the finished piece I am in love with this cab and this palette. Thanks to Caroline for such an inspiration! 

Please check out the diverse offerings from the team and our guests this month!


9 thoughts on “November Component of the month – I’m “lichen”it!

  1. Caroline says:

    I’m in love with your interpretation of your cab Jenny. You’ve got my mind going for creating more now! Your design is wonderful, those little polymer pieces are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the necklace finished. Thank you so much for joining me in the challenge!


  2. Niky Sayers says:

    I love what you have done so far, the sea theme goes perfectly with the piece you got, the colours you have chosen and all the different beads are just amazing! I will really look forward to seeing this finished,it going to be a show stopper!


  3. Cynthia says:

    Jenny this is amazing! I grew up on the Oregon coast, and it truly looks like one of the little tide pools my sister and I used to investigate along the water line. That you added additional ‘barnacles’ is spectacular – can’t wait to see this finished!


  4. Kathy Lindemer says:

    Your barnacle shapes are perfect. Your piece will be gorgeous when done. I think your design and color selection are perfect for your component and barnacle shapes.


  5. patty miller says:

    This is so lovely. I love the additional barnacles in the smaller size as accents and your color choices are wonderful. So earthy and organic.


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