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Shiana fine silver, lapis and Bali sterling set
posted by Colleen Shirazi, October 24, 2007 at 5:46 PM (Pacific)

lapis and silver set

I can't believe I didn't post this here? My brain's been fried lately.

This is a set I made from the Shiana fine silver pieces blogged about here: The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog
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The flower pendant, butterfly beads, and double-flower toggle on the bracelet are all from Shiana. This image came out a bit darker than how the stuff looks in real life; it's typical lapis, a dark-blue strand mixed with a strand that has more white inclusions and pyrite. The pendant is oxidized but looks "brighter" than in the picture.

The butterfly beads are quite interesting; they're not hollow the way typical sterling silver beads would be. They're two pieces of solid silver stuck together, with a small channel in the middle. Both the pendant and the beads are heavy for their original design had two strands of lapis (was kind of interesting, engineering the front) but was too heavy for practical wear.

The double-flower toggle is bright silver, but it's true what they say on the site, it's not really bright or shiny. All of the silver has a beautiful soft glow.

The argentium sterling earrings are exceedingly simple for a reason: I've found even slightly elaborate earrings don't work with even marginally elaborate necklaces. The overall effect is too much, and I end up never wearing the two together.

Here are the same earrings with a different necklace (I didn't make the necklace, it's Iranian):

argentium sterling earrings

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posted by Colleen Shirazi, October 19, 2007 at 10:57 PM (Pacific)

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posted by Colleen Shirazi, October 15, 2007 at 10:27 PM (Pacific)

I've started fixing up this site, finally. I had to move the whole thing a year ago, when the site was being hacked. It was more difficult because the FTP was inaccessible to me, the host had shut it down to keep the site from being hacked further. I was fortunate enough to be able to access the files through an interface...and of course most of the HTML files were on the three successive computers I used to do the site in the first place.

What I'm doing now is publishing the content of those files in our blogs. For a long time I wanted to convert the pages to the "new" site template, but that would be endless (as it is, it's going to be a hassle getting the stuff in the blogs and indexing the book reviews).

I've made a bit of jewelry lately, not a lot. What I'd like to do is go back and fix up various's interesting to do that, go back and see how you used to do things. For example, I went back on my Bali vermeil cage bead necklace...and changed the front so the cage is now closed. The only real reason I made the front cage open was to prove it could be done. :)

The chain itself is weirdly next to perfect. I'd made it with those tiny soldered goldfilled jump rings Fire Mountain Gems sold at the time, back before I figured out where to buy soldered goldfilled jump rings, and what appears to be readymade open jump rings. I had to bodge a couple of the open rings, that's it.

I changed the clasp on it, made it adjustable...

I had some earrings with hammered goldfilled frames, switched out the stones on these to turquoise. I'd rather use fancier stones actually...which you can't buy at bead stores (too much markup). I am contemplating going to a bead show, but it will be on a small budget.

Stuff like that. I made some prehnite earrings. These aren't "the" prehnite earrings, first of all I want oblong prehnites, but could find only ovals. I want to use some gold leverbacks...these will be expensive since I can wear only 18KT gold ones. I'd actually rather make kidney wires than use leverbacks, since it's easier to interchange dangles with kidney wires, if that makes any sense... But all of that said, they are nice earrings...oval faceted prehnites on handmade argentium sterling kidney wires.
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