I bought this lovely morrisonite jasper stone from Designer Cabochons because it matches my favorite cardigan!
I made these sweet little fluttering bat earrings to wear yesterday – and now I’m wondering how long I can get away with wearing Halloween jewellery!
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.
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.
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.
My sister snaffled the Jungle Berry Necklace – so I’ve made one inspired by the English Oak in sterling, mookaite and chalcopyrite – I didn’t intentionally go for the autumnal colours – but they’re all in there – which makes me feel a little sad…
English Oak Necklace
I’ve tumble polished and patinated this one with Liver of Sulphur. Here’s what it looked like before tumbling and patinating:
And this is it covered in Liver of Sulphur – before being put back into the tumbler to polish it off the raised areas to give it a bit more ‘visual depth’:
I’d never heard of chalcopyrite before (the green beads) – but apparently it’s the rock most of our copper comes from.
I’ve shaken off the muted greens with some ‘happy’ coloured beads and tropical leaves:
I’ve never tried wearing liver-of-sulphured copper. Wonder if my neck will still go green?
I think I’m going through a ‘muted greens’ phase at the moment!
I got these lovely sage-coloured, silver mist jasper beads from fallinlovegems off Etsy:
…along with many more lovely beads…all of which (so far) thread on to 1mm wire.
I’ve managed to get it finished just in time.
Now I’m going to spend the evening wearing it – just to make sure it ‘works’ okay!
Straight out of the pickle and not looking too pretty at the moment!
Fingers crossed when I’ve removed the excessive solder, shaped, patinated and polished it – it’ll look lovely.