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posted by Colleen Shirazi, June 16, 2006 at 7:09 PM (Pacific)

Okay, I've just today finished my current piece...I'll have some pics soon. Anyhow it is a blue lace agate and crystal design using gold-filled wire.

I got the idea for using blue lace agate by posting a poll on LP. In fact my future projects will include some of the other ideas from that poll, such as amber, citrine, tourmaline, and so forth.

The new piece uses some "jigged" pieces of the classic four-leaf clover design. I used wrapped links to connect the blue lace agate stones to the clovers. How the crystals came into it...once I'd finished the piece, I decided it was too plain. So I took some crystals that I'd had for a long time (they were given to me by my paternal grandmother) and made some little charms out of them, and added them to the clovers.

Here it is two things. One is that I often make the current piece more difficult than the one before. I try adding in a new technique or else practicing a technique that I find difficult.

Two is that I have been using fancier materials. It's not that I'm making a change over to semi-precious and then never going back. Not at all. It's occurred to me though that when you make your own jewelry, you can use bigger and better stones than you can afford to buy in ready-made jewelry.
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