Monday, September 26, 2011

Let There Be Light!

I finally had some quality wire time. I sat down ready to go and even had an idea I wanted to try. The table was well lit- or so I thought. I put together a piece with a marvelous 30x40mm malachite. I based the piece on an older cameo piece that I had made for my granddaughter- her first cameo. As I was putting the last beads on, someone hit the dimmer switch and lo and behold there was MORE light. And, by God, my beads no longer worked on the piece. ARRGGGHHHH! Lesson learned. (I have a hard enough time with some shades of blue and green!)

I've been trying to replicate a ring I rescued from the Land of Misfits. I didn't succeed but I did come up with a nice turquoise ring. :) I'll remember how to do the other one eventually.

I also got a piece done in silver with the wrap I have been working with gemstones. This one is a NATURAL green quartz- rare as hen's teeth and gorgeous. This gem is not at all like the heat treated prasiolite. I love the clear green color, almost khaki or light olive but much more crisp and clean looking. The photo does it no justice.

I didn't bother with a bail. It's going to be taken apart.

Rare Natural Green Quartz Sterling Silver Handcrafted Pendant
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Pink conch, antique cameo and swarovski crystals with pearls. Doesn't photo as nice as it is. It's really sweet.
11mm, hi dome, round turquoise cab and copper


  1. That ring design is pure Tela!! I love the interesting mysterious knots on it.

  2. I too love the ring design. Your cabs are outstanding! Light makes such a difference in bead colors. I have worked a piece thinking I had all black and ended up with an odd dark blue.
    Happy you are finding some wire time!

  3. I thought: WOW! when I saw the malachite piece! Somehow Victorian. What a spectacular piece, so strong actually that I didn't see the naughty beads at first. Too bad when that happens, but you've got a truly lovely and versatile design here. I'm sure a tutorial would be very successful.

    I also love the rings, and wish I could see that green quartz in person! Olive/khaki gemstones are rather rare. I'm always watching out for Vesuvianite, but the clear ones are usually out of my price range. I've got some rough, opaque Vesuvianite beads, though.

  4. Thanks, Mary. Actually, I really like this one myself, but I didn't make it my size. Oh well, guess I need to make another. :)

  5. Christine, sorry you have had the same experience. I really should have noticed that the light wasn't quite as bright as it should have been.

    As things settle in, I am finding more and more small bits of time. The big blocks don't come so often, though.

  6. Hi Renate, I'm letting the malachite piece sit while I decide if I can save it. In person, the colors are more awful together. But, I'm glad you like the design :)

    I have one more smaller stone of the quartz. The shade of green is unlike any other. I have never had any Vesuvianite, I've only seen pictures. Tourmaline has some real pretty greens- but I think my favorite is Chrome Diopside, always natural and pure spectral green, so gorgeous!

  7. An additional thought...before wire captured my heart/muse, I was a bead weaver sans peyote stitch. Anyway, I would always do my bead work during the day and basket weaving at night. Day light made the beads easier to see color gradiations. There are some Native Americans who feel only God makes perfection so they purposely put a wrong bead in their work. I adapted that philosophy with the black piece and the blue bead.

  8. Thanks for the thoughts, Christine. The Jewish people have a similar philosophy regarding leaving a mistake. I think it's actually a really cool thought. It reminds us to be humble. :)


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