Monday, February 7, 2011

Week 6-Amethyst Stalactite Necklace

Here's the stalactite that I got stuck on last week. The stalactite is set in a Margo Farrin O'connor style. I had started this at metalsmithing class trying to solder all of the wires together. But I wasn't happy with my solder joints so I ended up wiring them together with half round wire. Quicker, easier and just as strong. The necklace is somewhat inspired by Emily Gray. I used amethyst and labradorite rondelles above the stalactite, and the larger rondelles holding the chain are paraiba quartz. I ended up cutting off a couple of the rice pearls after I took the pics. I'm not sure about the pearl drops on this. It's one of those things I have to look at for a while before I decide if I like it that way. The pearl drops are actually a natural lavender color although they look a little peachy in some of the pictures.


  1. Nancy...i love the stalactite wire work pieces...and yours is beautiful. Wearing it and looking in the mirror every now and then might help you decide with the's a lovely calming piece...yet has a regal feel. Sue♥

  2. Nancy, this is very striking! I really like the coiling you have above the focal bead. I'm not sold on the pearl drops either, but I'm sure you will figure it what is right.

  3. Thanks, Sue! It's not like it's a big deal to remove them if I decide to.

  4. I have a ton of things on my to-do list and I am rushing through my RSS feed, and up pops your blog and I stop and I just have to stop and ogle before moving on. Another great piece.


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