Diane Louise

Diane Louise

Petals and Pearls Spring Blend
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2014 featuring Creative Clays

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
South Carolina

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am inspired by flowers. I love flowers!

What medium do you work with mostly?
I primarily work with polymer clay with glass and metal beads. I hope to soon begin working with metal clay.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
I have made different types of jewelry since I was a child. I love jewelry and wanted to do something unusual.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
I sell my jewelry on etsy and private shows. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClayPlayDesigns

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Spring Petals and Pearls Necklace

What inspired this design?
The colors of spring 2014 and blending of these lovely colors.

How did it come together?
I had originally planned to make a flower and the colors were so pretty I wanted to do something different. I decided to leave the flower petals individual. I thought it would be pretty to add a bead to hang in front of each petal. I had freshwater pearls on hand and decided the contrast of the pearls on the petals would be pretty. Although it took a lot of time, I had to figure out a way to hang each pearl. I ended up placing each pearl on a head pin and bending the wire and forming overlapping loops that I could add a jump ring to. This allowed each pearl to hang properly in front of each petal and have lots of movement.