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posted by Colleen Shirazi, January 24, 2008 at 5:15 PM (Pacific)

Finally got around to redoing this:

blue chalcedony, bali vermeil and goldfilled chain necklace


Discovered I'd managed to fluff one of the vermeil beads in the back on the original piece. After I'd fixed it, I decided to go back and make it current, i.e., fix it up the way I'd do the same piece today.

I've decided one of the Laws of Beading...besides "the last element you need to do is always the hardest"...is "it's somehow harder to redo an old piece than to make a new one."

I had to wrap one of the chalcedony beads literally five times, if you count the original wrap. Twice, there wasn't enough space to tuck the wire, and the second time the spacer bead got crushed up (discovered it was a seamed bead)...the chain slipped out of the wrap once...then, when I'd finally done it, I discovered I'd managed to cut off one of the links of the chain. Meaning I had to redo both the chalcedony bead and its adjacent link. Bugger...but it looks nice now. Better than in the pic.

In other news: a Shiana Sakura sighting: Entwined and Dew. She's got more Shiana products up in her Etsy shop. I find it helpful to see the components "in" something, even though the Shiana site photographs all of the pieces next to a ruler.

I have one of those Sakura pendants...haven't gotten around to making the necklace yet. It looks nice in the link, on a silver chain. I'm envisioning garnet or rose quartz with mine (it's bright silver too), or...green stones?

I just finished watching last season's Dirt, the tv show with Courteney Cox. It's very much a Hollywood insider show...and I like it, it's good. The reason I'm mentioning it here is, they use the most fantastic artisan jewelry in that show. It's like they made a point of finding really nice stuff and then having the various characters wear it. I could watch the whole thing all over again just to look at the jewelry. Highly recommended.

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