Gemstones

Snow

I want to take some photos of my new items, but currently my usual props (bits of stone, slate, wood) are under about five inches of fluffy snow.  So this happened instead:

These are saw pierced from sterling silver, with tiny freshwater pearls and textured by hand.  At some point in the future I plan to make things that are not triangular.  I’ve become a bit fixated on the shape, and I’m struggling a bit to come up with any new ideas at the moment.  I put it down to the season.

So, I’ve decided it’s a good time to hone my skills.  I’ve made a few more rings; they’re just plain bands though, so not much to see.  My next purchase will be a cabochon that I can set in silver.

Three New Items

Having finished all my craft fairs for the year, I have spent a little bit of time making some earrings for myself.   My Folksy shop was looking a little sparse, so I thought it was about time to update it.  I have added three new pairs of made-to-order earrings.

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 It’s been a long wait to get a day with enough sunshine to take any pictures!  The first pair was a result of needing some simple dangle earrings that would match any outfit.  I’m also glad to finally be able to use stones in my work;  the second pair down includes some tiny labradorite beads that I have been dying to use, the last pair uses some unpolished Baltic amber beads.

I’ll add more items soon, weather permitting!

Labradorite Ring

Whenever I get the time I teach myself how to make rings.  I’m nowhere near good enough to expect people to pay me money to do this yet, but I’m happy to wear whatever I make.  The hardest thing is sizing.

I’ve started to obsess about making rings that I can wear, because I think my fingers have shrunk and now none of my old rings fit.  This one is my favourite.  I also have a mother of pearl one, but it’s a bit plain looking, that was sort of a practice piece.

My favourite stone used to be malachite, which is deep green, but now my favourite is labradorite. It’s slightly opalescent, with shades of blue, green and yellow.  By the way, I don’t think stones have magic powers.  That’s insane.

This ring is the first time I’ve tried to set a stone that isn’t completely round.  Although it wasn’t a total disaster, the stone isn’t set quite right and there’s still some movement between it and the bezel.  The band is in sterling silver, and I used fine silver for the bezel as it’s so soft to work with.

In future I hope to be able to offer rings in my shop, but I’ll have to get better at  making them.

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