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.

6 comments:

  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 pearls....it's a lovely calming piece...yet has a regal feel. Sue♥

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  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.

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

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  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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Sorry I had to turn off comments for a while as I was getting spammed to death. For people wondering where to get the free tutorials, they are available at Szarka's website, www.magpiegemstones.com. Click on the resources and tutorials link. Thanks, Nancy

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