Brenda Branson

cottonjewelry-headshotCotton Pearls are made from tightly woven, compressed cotton coated with a light pearl lacquer.  Yes, that is the same cotton synonymous with the Deep South.  Cotton Pearls made their debut in the 1920’s when bling was big.  Real pearls were too heavy and costly for the much desired long-stranded pearl necklaces that became the rage.  Many of the vintage cotton pearls from this era were made in Japan, but the real cotton fields are right here in the southern United States.  Donning a pair of these cotton pearls not only shows off a fun pair of Art Deco earrings, but takes you back to the past in “dem ole cotton fields back home.”  (Cotton Pearls are made of 100% cotton – do not get them wet.)

Metal Clays

Fine Silver Clay is a metal clay that can be molded and shaped like clay and then fired in a kiln at high temperatures.  The resulting piece is solid metal.  Fine Silver is 99.9% pure silver.  Fine silver will not tarnish.

Bronze Metal Clay can be molded and shaped like clay and then fired in a kiln at high temperatures.  The resulting piece is solid metal.  Bronze is an alloy of tin and copper.  Bronze can darken over time, but a quick buff with a jewelry cloth will return the shine.