I've had this gorgeous labradorite pendant that I got from Szarka at Magpie Gemstones for a while waiting for a project to come to mind. This labradorite has tons of blue chatoyancy so I combined it with apatite rondelle beads and little green amethyst faceted rounds. I struggled with attaching the coiled vine and I'm not 100% happy with the way the wrap wires are showing but maybe I can talk myself into believing that it adds an organic element to the necklace.
Since I'm already overrun with earrings, I naturally decided to make more. My friend, Deborah Gray-Wurz, procured some gorgeous pyrite briolettes for me and I used them in the first pair of earrings. I also added gems in shades of purple and violet including tanzanite, amethyst and iolite.
The second pair is olive jade with cascades of green vessuvianite, blue aquamarine and some some keishi pearls thrown into the mix.
Shay Stone put together this fabulous Treasury on Etsy. In case you're not familiar, treasuries are curated galleries handpicked by members of the Etsy community. I love the title Shay gave this one "Amazons-Woman Wire Warriors!" I'm a big fan of all of these artists so I'm very flattered to be included in such good company. Check them out here before the treasury expires.
Lately rice-shaped beads have really been appealing to me. I don't usually wear pink but I bought a really cute dark pink top from Anthropologie and it really needed something bold to fill in the neckline. These beads are from Limabeads and they're dyed crazy lace agate. The shape of the links was inspired by a reproduction of an antique necklace that I saw in a museum catalog once upon a time. I made the headpins by hammering the ends of 22 gauge wire.
I had a class at my house this afternoon and, fortunately, as I have a houseful of dogs, all the gals are animal lovers. But Yvonne is also involved with wildlife rescue and she brought along these two adorable orphaned baby squirrels. They're four weeks old and still on formula so they had a feeding while they were here. The rest of the time they love to snuggle in their blanket or in the palm of your hand. I want one although I would probably have a hard time releasing it back into the wild.
I started my jewelry making journey in 2006 and it quickly took over my spare room and spread out into the living room. I was able to retire from my civil service job in August 2008 and I'm now able to focus on it full time.