Sometimes I just need that extra push to start creating something. I wanted to cheer up a friend that is going through some rough times, and wanted to make her something that represented that there are other people and things in her life. The stone I had to use for this just had to be Amethyst of course. I initialllly used a mix of faceted round amethyst with some chipped and raw cut ones, but it didn`t come out right. I cut up the whole thing again, and started the process from the beginning. On each side of the amethyst there is a swarovski crystal bead. The copper wire is 22ga, and 20 ga in the swan clasps. The ribbon is braided using the kumihimo tecnique.
The heart is from the stash that my niece left me. I think it`s Murano glass. The colour is rich and deep. I love how the copper wire brings out the colour in the green and purple. This is the most workintensive and elaborate piece to date, not counting chainmaille.
While stringing beads on a wire really doesn`t feel like much of an accomplishment, getting a wire loop just right does. Theres something about working with wire that appeals to me. A combination of my previous hobbies perhaps, or maybe just the feeling that you are adding a real craft to your design. I am still working on getting the technique just right. The tutorials made by Rena Klingenberg has been a tremendous help. I am also looking forward to a wire working class she has been producing that is available soon. Just hope it will not be too costly. Although I have no intention of selling my jewelry just yet, I have found the above mentioned site very useful.
Getting that professional look to your piece, is certainly not that easy. I had to redo the bracelet a couple of times, until I was happy with the result.
I find it extremely difficult to know whether the turquoise I buy is the real thing, or just some manmade mock up. There are so many different terms in use, I am terribly confused. This is what I have gathered so far, do tell me if any of this is wrong – thanks.
Stabilized – means that the gemstone is processed afterwards to preserve the colour, and to prevent marks.
Dyed – Using another gemstone such as magnesite as base and then colour it as turquoise.
Composite – turquoise dust really, that has been mixed with resin or other glue to harden it. Some refer to this as reconstituted turqoise.
And all the variations between.
Now one should think that it`s rather easy – with vendors marking their wares appropiately. It isn`t of course. I have bought a few pendants that was marked as turquoise – but the price told me otherwise. I have no idea what it is though. Composite perhaps? I do hope so, then it`s still the real thing – after a fashion. ..
My niece had a stash of some really lovely beads. Since she no longer have the time to make anything with them, she gave them all to me. These are just a few of the rather extensive collection she had. Again I am testing out the s-links. I want to see how they hold up over time.