Just a quick post to share one resolution from the last post a couple of weeks ago. The other piece is still ‘under consideration’. That one’s going to take more time to resolve its problems.
What started out as a bracelet focal has become a simple necklace. I did add a pale blue Swarovski crystal dangle as an accent to the glass opal in the setting. Sweet and simple.
I did want to share this piece that I started in last week’s class, but finished this afternoon. About a year ago, I purchased this polished ammonite slice for it’s intriguing spiral design and gorgeous deep brown tones. Had no idea what to do with it until now.
Deciding that a wire prong setting was the best approach, I began playing with 16 gauge wire and shaping to conform to the shape as best I could. A bit tricky with the uneven shape for sure. Persistence paid off. This setting really went together easily and fast. Not bragging, just amazed and grateful. The last time I tried a prong setting, two prongs kept breaking off when I was setting the stone in. Grrr…
Finished up this piece with a strand of polished faceted agates in a matching color palette. The sterling spiral clasp seemed an appropriate closure.
Is there ever a time when something grabs hold of your attention and won’t let go? I’ll be honest and say that this necklace owes everything to a design by the fabulous Lorelei Eurto. I wonder if it’s too much of a copy. Can’t say. I can only be honest about what I know about its inspiration with you all. And honest about how happy it made me to put it together. I hope you’ll visit her blog and see why I’m so gaga over it.
Her recent blog post showcased some new beads by Halcraft (available at Michaels) that just smacked me between the eyes…looked like bleached wood ‘potato chips’. I could barely finish breakfast, before running to my nearest Michaels and buying the one strand they had left. They have three more on order and I’ll be calling on Wednesday to see if they have arrived. Promise I’ll leave some for you all.
So here it is…after that confession and all…
Besides those cool bleached wood chips, there some shiny agates…just like the ones you’d pick up on the beach and put in your pocket… and a gorgeous lamp work bead by Ikuyo Yamanaka. You can see more of her impressive work here.
This one seemed perfect as it looks like a tiny little tide pool for my beachcomber necklace.
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