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posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 25, 2007 at 8:20 PM (Pacific)

Didn't get to make anything new today...too tired. I did however get a kick out of some folks comparing this piece to Turkish Delight:

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I'll have to say it is a singular experience wearing this sort of's out of the realm of much of my prior experience. I hardly ever shop the idea but find boutiques generally beyond my budgets of time and money.

Within my spending limits, I've owned a limited range of jewelry over the years. A few really good pieces, certainly, and some things I got at a Tibetan store in Berkeley. It's on College Avenue; a nice shop, one guy running it, a wide range of sterling and semi-precious stones...a couple of pieces from a Japanese gift shop on Solano (Albany)...some stuff from the hippie guy who used to sell at the Fourth of July Fair here (he wasn't there last year, that was disappointing)...that's about it.

These are in short the first pieces I've owned in a long time that are unique, that can't be placed. It's "a boutique feeling at a chain store price." lol

What to do next? I need to glue my end caps and try them out. I've already made the hook part of the clasp for that piece, waiting before making the "eye" part (since the eye can incorporate a bead from the overall design of the piece, thus making it a customized clasp).

I'd like to hammer some earring components...I have made some (few) I like out of wire, would love to see how they look hammered. I'm going to have to buy soft wire for at least some of these ideas.

For that matter I'm game to hammer an earring wire and see how that goes.


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