The Last Empress


When I was making the series of Polish Amber pendants, I first made some where I miscalculated the size of the holes for the spinning beads, so I had to make them all over again. After they were done, it occurred to me that some large lava beads I had might fit in the holes of the "rejects." And voila!

I decided to experiment with Crackle Enamel, which for me has always been too unpredictable and problematic to make much use of. But this time, I was quite happy with the results, so I lacquered the lava bead, sprinkling it with gold aluminum powder while it was still wet, and hung the 1-5/8-in. x 2-in. pendant from a knotted 21-in. faux-leather cord, with a handmade, bronze, hook-and-eye clasp.


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