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posted by Colleen Shirazi, February 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM (Pacific)

a tree full of robins
a tree full of robins (detail)

I made some earrings today, but no time to photograph them. So these are two pictures of a whole bunch of robins in a winter tree.

The earrings, coincidentally enough, use a bit of the same color scheme. I have some Madeira citrines, and had the idea of pairing them with silver. Actually I was thinking oxidized silver...though it's the current trend to oxidize, I haven't oxidized anything yet. I've used oxidized Bali beads and such, that's it.

However I ended up using Argentium sterling in a hoop design, with the citrines wrapped on a short length of sterling chain. I'm still thinking of the oxidized thing but it'll probably be for the necklace.

Madeira citrine is even more beautiful in person than in pictures btw. It's a bit similar to amber...brown infused with red and gold. I love amber but it's so expensive to get anything other than chips, which I'm not crazy about, or else readymade amber pendants. And amber is so soft. You can't wash it. Madeira citrine of course is citrine and it's nice and hard.

I had some fun teaching my daughter beginning jewelry making. She's too young to just sit down and actually make a finished product, but I was impressed how quickly she picked up the same techniques it took me years to learn. :)


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