Like flowers and leaves, the curlicues are much easier to put on a solid surface.
But I eventually created a pair of earrings that I really like.
And later a pendant set with a genuine ruby cabochon.
But the best piece I made this past week was actually one I made using a tutorial. Now there are lots of tutorials out there and they are a great way to learn new techniques. I just haven't found one for anything I really wanted to try. But in an older issue of Metal Clay magazine I found a tutorial by Anna Mazon. She's a metal clay artist and instructor from Poland. While she's the expert on the open work technique I've been working on, her tutorial is for a 3-dimensional pendant called "Hidden Pearl". I spent several hours on this piece and I have to say that it's really nice to have all the logistics of the design already figured out. (Sometimes that takes more time than the design itself.) So I just followed her very clear instructions and pictures and here's the result--
I haven't decided yet if I'll put this one up for sale or just keep it for myself.