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Monday, February 20, 2012

Of Calcite, Rhyolite and LOS

I rarely buy pendant beads. When I do, I wrap them like a cab. Yesterday, I challenged myself to do a pendant bead stone without wrapping it. I used Argentium silver on this beautiful, pastel calcite bead. I didn't want any metal competing with the delicate color. I made the biggest silver beads that I've made yet. (I can't believe how much silver actually went into them!! No wonder head pins are so expensive.) I'm very happy with how this came out.


Beautiful Delicate Orange Calcite Argentium Sterling Silver Pendant
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To reward myself for actually NOT wrapping a bead stone, I did a quick wrap. LOL! I've been wanting to finish this Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite ever since I got it. This is a relatively new stone. I got this when I first saw them hitting the market. They are from Mexico and very highly figured. This big stone has a fine network of maroon and pink dendrites. It's really cool looking. This was always meant to be paired with copper and a woven bail. The woven bail really goes well with the feathery dendrites.


Feathery Maroon Pink Dendrites Sonora Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper Pendant
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Here's something you might find interesting:  I bought a 4 oz. jar of XL LOS gel in Oct or Nov 2010. If you have used it before, then you know you have to stir it real well. Well, I did, or I thought I did. But, toward the bottom of the jar, a nasty sludge was left that didn't really patina the metal anymore. I don't think it was, technically, liver of sulfur anymore. That Sonoran Dendrite was in a very hot, very heavy solution for 1/2 an hour and it barely got red. I'm glad it lasted as long as it did, both in terms of product life and in terms of my heavy use, but the new jar I ordered will be stirred even better.

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Blog News:  If you look around you'll notice a few changes and additions. I guess you could say this is under construction. I've tried a few new things and quickly took them down, but a few I'll keep. It's all in preparation of some things to come. ... but they are a surprise :)

6 comments:

  1. Yay, Tela! Stepping outside your comfort zone with the pendant. It's lovely. :)

    Things to come? I'm intrigued.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I have resisted them because I haven't the imagination for them. I do have a few others to play with. Maybe, I can come up with something different.

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  2. Tela, You have posted two beauties today. Good for you for trying something new with the calcite. You created a beautiful bail and the argentium works perfectly with the cab.
    I have never seen the Rhyolite Jasper. Love the colors in it. The woven bail is perfect with the feathery design.
    Well Done!!

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    1. Hi Christine :) Thanks so much for your comment. I fell in love with the rhyolite. There's nothing quite like it. :) The calcite is really pretty, too. I'm really happy that I managed not to wrap it. It was hard LOL!

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  3. that pendant of calcite is wonderful..i like that...thanks

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