My main focus of my art is, of course, glass. Sometimes, though, an idea will strike that I can't pass up. This time, I was looking at my box full of driftwood pieces to put together some wood backings for glass. I had quite a few that were simply too small to be of any use for that purpose.
But, they were just perfect for creating some jewelry pieces. I drilled them from the front or the side (depending on the piece) and did a light varnishing over the whole piece. The varnish really brought out the color of the wood and made them quite rich looking.
Then I simply took some off-white acrylic paint and hand painted a tree on each one. Some are leafless trees, a couple are pine style trees. The solid off-white paint is what makes them very simple, yet classy looking. On two of them I then put some adhesive over the paint and laid on a sheet of white gold leaf. When all was dry I coated the painted surface again with varnish to seal them.
My favorites are the darker wood.
This was such a fun diversion - I can definitely see more of these in my future! And, I got a lot of nice comments on the one I wore this weekend and even sold one at one of my shows! Yay!
You can look for them on my Etsy shop if you are interested.