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posted by Colleen Shirazi, March 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM (Pacific)

Made some new earrings today, didn't have time to photograph them. Actually I'm wearing them...part of the test process, of course. :)

These use several ideas...Dain's concepts of color combinations, and Eni Oken's herringbone weave, which I've been wanting to try for a long time. Thanks to Eni's tutorial, I found the weave relatively painless and managed to mangle only the first pass, when I tried using a too-thick gauge of wire for it.

I looked around for stones to try the weave out with...I have some large-ish stones along the lines of rough citrine, aquamarine, rose quartz...and two oval prehnites. One of the ideas Dain liked was citrine paired with labradorite, which I'm not sure I'd have come up with in a bazillion years, but it looks beautiful together...very...industrial. :D It's the grey color of the labradorite that does it, that unexpected almost brownish grey, spiked with a little green flash to add interest.

I tried several stones out with the citrine; I didn't go straight for the labradorite. I tried tiny peridot, garnets, gold beads, iolite, aquamarine, even the Madeira citrine of my earlier earrings. Just everything, one after the next. Most of these stones, I've had for a long time. The size is very important. Many of my stones were too big to hang under the citrines. The cut is rather key though less important than the size.

The labradorite ended up being the best color to go with citrine. Even then, I have labradorite in tiny faceted pears, small rounds, and faceted rondelles, all bought at various bead shows over the years. The pears and The rough cut of the citrine required a similarly rough cut of labradorite, so I went with the rondelles.

I went through most of the rondelles in fact...and ended up with a small rondelle, paired with a tiny gold bead. The idea of the gold bead was to "brighten" the area where the (deep grey) labradorite would be.

I'd like to do several of these, based on the Dain color-combo theme: two stones of contrasting colors. Since I can't do metalworking to make a traditional bezel setting, I'll go with the Eni Oken weave (which is versatile; it can be done precisely or "messily").


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