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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.

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MOVING SURPRISES

I haven’t made much in the past month because I was in the process of moving. Always a delight. I’m moved in now (whew!), but not yet well-organized. The only two areas that are really well-organized as of yet are my closet and, wait for it….. my jewelry-making stuff (what? You’re not surprised?)

Until this morning, I’ve been very good… not dragging out beads, not playing with wire…. but, then…. I decided I needed a new turquoise magnesite necklace. I thought I knew how it was going to be. Ha! When I opened the turquoise color box, I noticed some chunky robin’s egg blue magnesite with black veins. Then I had to play with all the magnesite in that color range. Then I had to play with all the other magnesite. Then I had to put everything back. Then I couldn’t find the right silver beads, so I had to look in all the boxes of miscellaneous. I opened a box from storage that I’d labeled “bead repairs”, and, to my astonishment, found a boatload of the first wire jewelry pieces I’d made, as well as my first turquoise necklace, and some other exciting stuff.

Then, I started trying to figure out what to do with that nice chunky blue magnesite. I went through a magnesite acquisition phase last year, and I have so many pretty strands….. I began to think of doing something that could be layered with other strands of magnesite.  Now what I need to do is get into my silver bead stash and find some silver beads that I have enough of and that will complement the chunky beads.

So, anyway, I have to be careful now. I do need to make my place look more like a home rather than a box storage facility, so I shouldn’t set up a bona fide jewelry work area yet. Okay, maybe just one tray….

Now, though, I want to take some pictures of these boxes full of stuff, and then I’ll try to post them.

Meanwhile, some things  you can use. I’ve tried buying beads on Amazon. It wasn’t too scary. I still don’t feel as certain about buying on Amazon as I do about other on-line vendors. I’ve cut back on working with silver since Metalliferous closed, and I’m becoming a Parawire.com fan. (Happily, I’ve discovered that fusionbeads.com is selling round colored parawire, so, if I want to qualify for free shipping and there is something I want to buy at fusionbeads.com, I can round off the spending requirement with parawire. )

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.

 

 

FACEBOOK JEWELRY-MAKING INTEREST GROUPS

It can be exciting to see what others are doing with their jewelry-making. I especially like to look at wire-wrapped and/or woven pieces, to see if there might be something I want to learn about.

Here is a list of Facebook groups which focus on making jewelry (as of 2/21/18). To find them, just key in the name in the Facebook Search. See you there!

JEWELRY IN GENERAL

Jewelry Making Love hosted by Linkouture
Lisa Yang’s Jewelry Group

WIRE-WRAPPED AND WOVEN-WIRE JEWELRY
Fantasy Wire Wrapped Jewelry
IMNIUM tutorials
Wire Wrap Sculpted Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Jewelry Artists
Wire Wrap Tips & Tutorials
WireWork & Metal Jewelry Artisans
Wire wrapped jewelry
Wire Art & Wire Wrap Jewelry
Let’s Wire Wrap Jewelry

TUTORIALS FOR WIRE-WRAPPED JEWELRY
(some for free/some for fee)
Free Wire Wrap Tutorials
Wire Wrapping Jewelry Tutorials

PLAYING TOO MUCH

I do believed I’ve been playing too much on Facebook and Pinterest, although I am starting to get some ideas of what to make next.

I have found some cool beading groups on Facebook where people show their latest wire work creations.  It’s fun to get to know the people and see what they are doing, even if I know I will probably never do anything like that. It does give me ideas of what I might do.

Pinterest…. oh, Pinterest!  I love to see what new things Pinterest will show me in the way of beading, wiring, or any of my other interests.

To my credit, though, I do not look at Pinterest or Facebook when I could be making something. Oh no! I have other ways to waste my precious time.

Actually, recently, I’ve been going through all my files in Google Drive, and putting them into some kind of order, so that I might be able to find what I am looking for a little more easily.  I’ve also updated a couple of the pages on this blog, with on-line places to buy, and places to find tutorials, as well as various other useful information.

 

NEW MAGNESITE EAR WRAPS!

I meant to make a little teeny pendant from a little teeny bead today, but….. first I had to waste some time updating the tutorials page to this blog (check it out! I’ve removed the dud links and marked the free places. The first listings are the artists whose tutorials have most inspired me on a regular basis)magnesite earrings

 

 

So, anyway, I went back to the beads, and decided to make new ear wraps instead. Honestly, there must be some simple science to making these, but I haven’t discovered it yet. Making them stresses me no end and totally wears me out (*and* it takes up to an hour!) Anyway, I got them done. Copper wrapped magnesite.  They are really a bright “Sleeping Beauty Turquoise” blue, and I am really a great photographer (not)

I was thinking of weaving the wire wraps together, but I worry that it might be uncomfortable to wear. I’ll have to think about that some more..

So, I have figured out one way to upload photos. It’s not the best, but, if I am neat about it, I should be able to get away with it. Anyway, here is a photo of my long-in-the-process “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark”. (As you can see, I am clearly not an accomplished photographer. Never mind! It’s a picture. )

Playing in the Dark

Bodyguard Playing in the Dark started as an idea to combine as many protection stones as I could in a dark-colored piece. It combines amethyst, aqua aura, black agate, black labradorite, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline,  purple fluorite, green jade, lapis, golden sheen obsidian, hematite, kyanite, moss agate, and pyrite. This piece finally came together when I started experimenting with elastic/stretch cord for bracelets. It seemed like the perfect place to start.

Moms braceletMom’s Bracelet finally came together when I decided to see if the elastic/stretch cord would work with larger/heavier stones than the 8mm ones I’d been working with. I unstrung it from its original jewelry wire and had it together one-two-three.  Mom’s Bracelet is “purpose-built” to address some physical needs that she has.  It contains lapis, golden calcite, green fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, pyrite, and copper. (I liked it so well that I have made a similar one for myself).

See! I have been doing! These two bracelets are the end products of  my experimentation on 16 different elastic bracelets (all of which I am wearing right now, actually)