Mushroom jasper choker

I bought two very different pieces of mushroom jasper – here’s the second one, set in argentium with a square profile, tear-drop chain.

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Kingman Turquoise Necklace

 

I needed a summery necklace in turquoise and orange to go with a new outfit – so I opted for this lovely cabochon from the Kingman mine in Arizona – cut by Designer Cabochons here in the UK.

Both turquoise and coral are quite soft and prone to chemical attack – so I couldn’t put the finished necklace through the tumbler as I would normally to harden and polish the metal – so each link was hand hammered after all the heating and soldering operations were done.  Turquoise-and-coral-necklace

Chains

I’m going through a chain phase – don’t seem to be able to stop making them!

I’ve been experimenting with different materials – niobium and titanium, both of which are very light and neither of which tarnish.

Titanium wire has the added advantage of being inexpensive and readily available, whereas the niobium costs a little more than silver and is quite difficult to source.

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Pentagon / Bar Chain in Titanium

 

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Niobium Pentagonal Chain

It’s hard to see in the photos, but the titanium is less shiny, more grey than silver and has a hint of yellowness, whereas the niobium is a darker grey – reminds me of silver treated with liver of sulphur.

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First attempt at sgraffito

I’ve been playing at torch firing enamel too.  This is my first attempt at sgraffito – which wasn’t really worthy of turning into a necklace – but it would have sat on the bench for ever otherwise and it doesn’t take very long to make up a few copper links.