Anjou Pear Fruit Beads for Charms + Handmade Polymer Clay Jewelry

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Spotlight: “I am summoning my courage and adding a photo of my d’Anjou pear, and 3 little pearlets.” ~Elizabeth-S

As a tutor, the best compliment I could ever receive is to see that all of you are actually applying the techniques being taught here at the blog and in the video library. That is what this new “Spotlight” feature is all about.

Three days ago, you got a chance to see Melinda Herron’s beautiful Jupiter Beads and Disc Beads. Today, it’s some adorable d’Anjou Pear Beads sent in by Elizabeth Schydlower.

Now I want everyone to understand that this “Spotlight” feature is not about seeing who can make the best or most popular beads. There’s already more than enough places on the web to go find those types of venues for inspiration.

That being said, I also know that many of you are in fact creating some pretty amazing pieces that would do well in the jewelry artisan competitions. And that’s great! By all means send in those photos, descriptions and stories so I can help showcase your work.

But on the other end of the spectrum for all of you beginners, please don’t ever feel like you’re stuff isn’t worth showing. Because it absolutely is! Everyone has to start somewhere. And one of my “jobs” as a teacher is to instill confidence in you, through your journey in learning all about polymer clay.

I love it that Elizabeth summoned up the courage to share her delightful Anjou Pear Bead story with all of us today.

Hi Cindy, first of all, thanks for expanding the blog to include pictures of projects inspired by your tutorials. Can’t wait to see what others are doing!  This site just gets better and better!

On another note, I am summoning my courage and adding a photo of my d’Anjou pear, and three little “pearlets”. Mind you this is the very first time I have ever put one of my creations “out there”, so you will understand the mix of excitement and trepidation. Perfect they are not, but in making them I learned, and that’s what counts. Again, my thanks and appreciation.

~Elizabeth Schydlower (El Paso, Texas, USA)

A big huge thanks right back at you Elizabeth. I’m so proud that you actually applied the pear bead technique to make something that made you feel good inside.

Your “pearlets” really turned out great! Nice realistic shading with the inks and the finish looks perfect.

Now according to Elizabeth, she has a little trouble thinking of ways to use many of the beads she makes in finished jewelry projects. In fact she used the words, jewelry design challenged.”

So in the comment section below, it would be great if you guys could give Elizabeth some encouragement and ideas on how to use her d’Anjou Pear fruit beads in some charms and jewelry making projects.

Plus… don’t forget to start snapping some of your own project photos to be included in an upcoming Spotlight Feature here at the blog. Instructions on what to send and how to send it are outlined at this article link: Jupiter Beads

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Maureen, 15 July, 2009

    Congrats Elizabeth! They are “pear-fect”! (oh, now that’s corny, lol). Really they look great. I have not tried to make them yet but now that I’ve seen how cute yours are, I might give it a shot today. I can picture them as a cute necklace/earring set. The large pear as a pendant, maybe hung simply from satin cord. Two of the pearlets could be dangle earrings. I can just imagine all the compliments you would get! The left over pearlet you can hang from your keychain (just so you have it with you all the time to admire). Wow, now I’ve got to go make myself a set. Thanks for showing us Elizabeth.

  2. Carrie, 15 July, 2009

    I completely agree, they look GREAT! I like simple designs when it comes to jewelry, so I also would use the large one as a pendant. The earring idea Maureen mentioned would also be very cute! Great job Elizabeth, and thanks again Cindy for allowing us to share!!!

  3. sarahwww, 15 July, 2009

    Hey Elizabeth!
    Love the pears and pearlets. I got a couple done, but haven’t had the gumption to finish them yet–good for you!
    I too am design challenged. Love making the beads, figuring out what to do with them, not so much. Anyway, keep reading, I bet ideas will be forthcoming. Congrats on a couple great pairs of pears!

  4. Melinda, 15 July, 2009

    Those are fabulous. I think they would look great dangling from a charm-like bracelet. Perhaps with some complimentary beads dangling down with them.

    Good for you dear.

  5. Maureen, 15 July, 2009

    ooohhhh…that sounds good too. Very cute!

  6. Elizabeth, 15 July, 2009

    Boy, what a girl can do with a little help from her friends. With all of your wonderful suggestions I ran up to my craft room and unstrung my original pearlet creation. I had tried to make this organic looking thingy by stringing them with some sort of ugly (but organic looking) wooden beads. In my head combining food with ugly (but organic looking) beads made perfect sense even with a hideous outcome. (See why I describe myself as jewelry design challenged?) Anyway, my little beads are all now part of a lovely set. The big one is alone on a piece of satin cord which I had in my craft stash, two are now earrings and one is dangling on a bracelet. Believe it or not I even had one more which I did not include in the photo for the suggested key chain. I love it!!! Thanks to all of you for taking the time to help me and for your kind words. Elizabeth

  7. Jocelyn C, 15 July, 2009

    @ Elizabeth

    I love them, how wondeful and thank you for sharing! They look totally organic to me, if that helps.


    Thanks to you and Doug for adding this type of blog and the pics. Love seeing folks creativity and hard work.

  8. Silverleaf, 16 July, 2009

    I love this showcase idea. Maybe I’ll contribute myself (I don’t mean I’ll email myself, that would be silly – I mean I’ll email some of my work).

    The pears look good Elizabeth, great job!

    I’m amused by the word “pearlet”, it reminds me of the way my other half uses “-let” for anything small. Catlet, ducklet, treelet, froglet, courgettelet (I guess that would be zucchinilet in the US).

  9. Polyanya, 18 July, 2009

    They’re lovely, I just haven’t time at the moment to make any.

  10. Lisa Whitham, 18 July, 2009

    How cute! They look just like real pears!! They would look great on a charm bracelet…

  11. Laurel, 21 July, 2009

    Awww, these are so cute. I could just eat them up. Good job Elizabeth and thanks for teaching us how Cindy.

  12. Jocelyn, 24 October, 2012

    Elisabeth! Received the most delightful package in the mail today! Thank you so much! Your blend and switch pendant is masterful and gorgeous. Thanks to good fortune, I will be cruising next year, and hope to display many of the pieces I have purchased through the membership here. Yours will be spectacular with a new dress I have being made.

    If you, Cindy, Carolyn and others who have shared with me could possibly send me a few business cards to have in my pockets, I would so love to hand them out to those who complement the product.

    To discuss further, please pm me on FB. Thanks!!!!

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