Category Archives: necklaces

RED TIGERS-EYE/OBSIDIAN NECKLACE

I finished it! Jenna spied the tigers-eye necklace I was wearing, pointed, and said, “I like that one!”  Well, that was mine, but I promised to make her one. Went on Amazon that evening, and ordered 10 mm and 6 mm strands and armed myself with brass jumprings and a nice brass clasp. I had strung it all together, when I realized it needed something, so I got some black obsidian beads from my stash, and voila!  When I took it to her, she was wearing brown, which actually showed the beads nicely when she put on the necklace. Yea!

jenna neck red tigerseye obsidian gold

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NEW DUMORTIERITE NECKLACES

Yes, I’ve been working hard. A lovely woman I know asked me to show her photos of whatever I had hanging around for sale. Oops!  I told her I’d make something specifically for her, and, the next day, I showed her the dumortierite, which immediately engaged her.

Three or four days later, here we are. Too bad the photos don’t show the color.  OH! somebody just showed me if you click on the picture, you can enlarge it and then you can see the color better. I did it on my phone and did that reverse-squeeze thing to enlarge it!

dumo pearl againdumortiertierite/pearl/pyrite

dumo pyr againdumortierite/pyrite

 

WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING

5/21/18
Since the move, I’ve been making pieces here and there, and, finally, I took some photos.
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On the left is a black labradorite that I wired into a pendant when I felt that my new chunky magnesite and pyrite necklace (R) needed something more.

neck sterling beads remake         IMG_20180518_105123
Sterling necklace          Sterling necklace/
amethyst clasp

neck coral rondelles            neck coral rondelles and silver
Coral “slices” & silver      Coral rondelles & silver

neck turquoise pyr bl tourm                 neck lapis tubes and silver
turquoise/pyrite/                     lapis tubes & silver
black tourmaline
neck mag sm quartz silver                              neck mag sm quartz pyr silver
Mangesite/smokey quartz/             Magnesite/pyrite/smokey quartz necklace              sterling/necklace

INTERESTING CRYSTAL EXPERIENCE

cacoxonite ringThis is a cacoxenite/Super Seven/Melody stone ring I bought from Extreme Gems on ebay. Buying it was an accident: I placed a bid, and apparently no one else did, so I won it for dirt cheap unexpectedly.

When I received it, I was a bit disappointed. Although the amethyst showed a little, the rest of the ring was a muddy cloudy color, quite unlike the photo on ebay. I considered returning it.

When I tried it on, I got a most unpleasant feeling, which stopped as soon as I took it off. Now that was interesting. I decided to stick in a bag with a piece of kyanite, to see if I could clear it that effortlessly. I left it in the bag, along with a couple of other stones, for about a week.

When I took it out, the purple was very brilliant, the stone was very clear, and there were these lovely little golden “rays” which flashed as I moved the ring around. When I tried it on this time, it had a very comfortable feel. After I had worn it for a few days, I noticed that the stone seemed to be developing further. It became clearer, and other inclusions appeared.

This is the clearest example I’ve ever seen of how a stone can revive after a clearing.

Now, I’ve been reading up on cacoxenite. While there is quite a bit of information about it on the Internet, curiously, the only book in which I’ve seen it mentioned is Love is in the Earth. (I’ve seen some sites mention other books, but the copies of those books that I have do not mention it). Anyway…. I have this new ring.

I haven’t posted any new things lately because my jewelry-making was on hiatus while I was moving. Then, as I was bent on organizing my new place, I tried to keep away from the beads. It didn’t work so well, so there are 3 half-done projects, and I re-strung two bracelets and a pretty coral necklace which had been in my “Repair” box for 3 or 4 years.

I hope I’ll be able to get it together to post some photos soon.

Meanwhile, dumortierite is on my mind.

WHAT I MADE LAST WEEK

I do make things from time to time. Last week, I fooled around with some wire-weaving practice pieces (frustrating!) and a very shiny long necklace of aventurine and silver Czech crystals (I’ll post some pics of these “masterpieces soon).  

Then, I wired this little shamrock with brass and aventurine.  It’s not perfect by any means, but I just love it! (It doesn’t hurt that it does get a lot of compliments)

shamrock1

The leafy part is maybe about the size of a quarter. I think it might be the smallest thing I have ever made. 

(as you can see, I am no good at photography. Can I blame it on my phone camera? I don’t know why the picture I took with a white background in good light came out a dark, murky green).

I love this little shamrock so much that I want to  make a dogwood flower next. So far, I’ve just wasted some wire, but I feel certain I’ll figure it out soon-ish.

 

 

LADDER NECKLACE TUTORIAL FROM FOR THE MAKERS

leather stone spacer necklaceI found this tutorial at For the Makers . (For the Makers is a subscription site that sends you a box with all the materials and instructions to make whatever they are offering. That’s pretty cool!)  Meanwhile, I was just looking at free tutorials, and this one is right there, and really easy to do.  Check it out.

MALEFICENT NECKLACE

MALEFICENT NECKLACEI found this “knock-off”  Maleficent necklace  tutorial on allfreejewelrymaking.com.   If I were to make it, I’d probably put in some bigger stones/beads, but it does look worthy all on its own.