Millefiori Heart Pendant | Flower Bead | Interchangeable Jewelry

Gerbera Heart Bead Interchangeable Pendant “Thanks for including the interchangeable pendant in this month’s tutorials… I can hardly wait!” ~Carolyn-F

In yesterday’s intro video clip for the Vol-020 Heart Shaped Beads tutorial, I included some shots of the interchangeable pendant and heart focal bead shown above in today’s photo. As you can see, the Millefiori heart design is decorated with cane slices from the Gerbera Flower Cane.

From previous comments, I have learned that many of you want me to do a video tutorial on how to make the interchangeable wire pendant.

I think is an excellent project and definitely would like to see a video. the really cool thing is that it is different. I love the idea of the interchangeable center bead.

Interchangeable sounds wonderful. I fall in line with all those wanting a video on this technique. Thanks Cindy, can’t imagine when your mind has time to rest, you are so inspired and willing to share it all. Thank you again and again. ~Joyce-M

Well you guys are in luck. I will be including the wire working tutorial for this unique interchangeable pendant, in this month’s video line up [Vol-020-4]. On Friday Jan 29, just a couple of weeks from now, it will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library for your viewing pleasure.

Cindy – Thanks for including the interchangeable pendant in this month’s tutorials. I make an interchangeable pendant setting and another for interchangeable beads out of sterling or gold filled wires. My pattern is quite complicated, and uses lots of wire. I am looking forward to finding out how you do yours! It appears less complicated but still lovely and seems to lend itself to PC, whereas mine is for semiprecious stones. I’ve sold a few but they are quite expensive because of the materials and hours I put into them. I would imagine that I could sell yours at a much lower price. Since I sell most of my work at my church I like to keep the prices down, even though I give 100% of the money back to the church. This seems to be my mission. I can hardly wait for this tutorial! ~Carolyn-F

Valentine’s is going to be especially fun this year with your interchangeable pendant jewelry.

In the morning you could start out with a Blue Gingham Heart Shaped Bead, or perhaps with one of the heart beads you learn how to make in this week’s Vol-020-2 library tutorial. Then maybe switch to a mixed media design at lunch. And finally, end up with a winged heart showpiece to go with your evening attire.

For a more masculine or edgy look, you could cover a heart shaped focal bead with skull and crossbones cane slices, or even do something using the faux bone carving technique you learned about in the Vol-019-4 library tutorial.

So many possibilities!

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  1. Peggy Barnes, 13 January, 2010

    Now that is my kind of month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you Cindy, I have been hoping you would show us how to do this since I saw it the first time. Add mind reader to your very long list of super talents
    Love and Uuuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggggggs, Peggy

  2. Jocelyn, 13 January, 2010

    Cindy, you have to find a way to convert that tassle into a belt buckle. Wow. To be able to change out pendants or bead displays? Too awesome!

  3. Elizabeth S., 13 January, 2010

    Can’t wait for this one either! Ah, the joy of Fridays!

  4. Carolyn F, 13 January, 2010

    Wow! Thanks! Am I ever going to be busy the end of the month getting some of these interchangeable pendants made for the sale at the church. My great desire is to combine wire working with PC so you are hitting the nail right on the head with this one!

  5. Cheryl, 14 January, 2010

    The interchangeable pendant will be awesome. I agree wire looks good with PC. I just bought a roll of the black steel wire and I’m going to make some beads and try out the messy wrap- I like that.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 15 January, 2010

    @Peggy: It sure is lovely having someone with your enthusiasm around here! Thanks for all your kind comments!

    @Jocelyn: That’s a cool idea! Will have to think about that.

    @ElizabethS: Glad you’re enjoying the tutorials! They are fun aren’t they?

    @caroyln: I hope you enjoy it. It should be a good one for your church sales. They must sure love you there, for all that you do for them!

    @Cheryl: That is great! Make sure to protect your steel wire with a coating like PYMII or keep it away from water so that you don’t get rust on your pieces. You are going to love the look of the wire. It actually looks quite similar to Oxidized Silver.

  7. June Wright, 24 January, 2010

    I’ve only been making beads out of clay for a couple of months, but I feel the videos in your Polymer Clay Beginners Course where just great for someone breaking into the craft. Some of the topics I had already gleaned from the Internet from various sources but it REALLY helped to have a high quality video to SHOW you up close and personal about the topics you discussed. I definitely feel the series is a bargain and would recommend it. I subscribed to your weekly videos and have made beads from many of the tutorials. I look forward to the new video that comes out each week. I’m just beginning to experiment with mixing colors, so I believe the recipe cards will come in really handy in the future as well. – Keep up the fantastic work!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 24 January, 2010


    Thank you so much for taking the time to write those very kind words. Sharing feedback like this really gives others great insight about what they can expect from the video tutorials. I truly appreciate your help.

    Very much looking forward to hearing more about how your beads and jewelry projects are coming along.

  9. Luthien, 10 February, 2010

    hi cindy,
    thought about you a while ago when i was completing a polymer clay piece :) just wanted to drop by and say “hi” :) hope you are well and enjoying the new year :)
    happy valentines!!
    luthien :)

  10. Cindy Lietz, 10 February, 2010

    Thank you for the kind words Luthien. It’s always a treat to hear from you. The New year is keeping me very busy… in a good way :-) Happy Valentines to you too :-)

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