On the workbench in july

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Wrapped thulite and kyanite with copper wire.
olivine
Viking knit bezel wrapped olivine with copper wire.

 

Even though the summer in Oslo is crazy hot, I have managed to do something at my workbench. Not at all as much as I wanted, but a few things.

I want to wrap stones from Norway specifically, and hopefully in such a fashion that it looks nice on a necklace. I have experimented with different solutions. This is still a work in progress.

I like to keep it simple, so that the stone is not covered in wirewrap. This is a viking knit bezel wrap,mostly suited for stones that are round. The stone is an olivine.

 

 

wrapped kyanite
Border wrapped kyanite with sterling silver wire.

 

When I was in Bergen earlier this year I stumbled over a stone shop at Bryggen. There I found this amazing Kyanite, that shows off the structure of the mineral so nicely. I was a bit afraid I could break it, but it survived both the wrap and the tumbling.

Here I have used silver sterling wire. Initially I tried one in copper, but the stone demanded silver.

 

 

 

wrapped thulitt
Borderwrapped thulite with copper wire

 

One stone I particularly am fond of is this. the thulite – the national stone of Norway in some eyes. It is named thulite after Thule, the ancient name for Norway. This one is from Lom.  I just adore this colour.

I am trying to stock up more of this whenever I can.

 

Inspired by Art Nouveau

Lapis Lazuli fish with handcrafted copper chain
Lapis Lazuli fish with handcrafted copper chain

I love how this handmade chain flows. There something art nouveau-ish about it I think. Maybe that is why I like it so much. This is a handcarved fish of Lapis Lazuli.

The copper chain concists of links joined by jumprings. The necklace is then tumbled for hours, and patinated, then polished.  It is a labour-intensive process, but I am very happy with how it looks.

Lapis Lazuli fish with handcrafted copper chain detail
Lapis Lazuli fish with handcrafted copper chain detail

Summer sale!

discountI am testing out the promotion tool on Storenvy this month, and you dear reader of my blog are the benefactor of this test. You get a 15% discount on all items in my store out the month of July.

Go to http://tomicrafts.storenvy.com, add an item you want to your shopping cart, and just enter the code Bloglove in the discount code field in the shopping cart window.