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posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 22, 2008 at 6:14 PM (Pacific)

Poor blog... I have made new jewelry, but haven't had time and energy to photograph it. :(

The best piece I've made since...ah...fiddling around crimping a horizontal bar inside a hoop...is a pair of earrings made of (argentium) sterling chains, small aquamarine faceted drops, and small green amethyst faceted pears.

These use a graduated style, smallest chain on the outside, longest chain on the inside...each chain terminating in an alternating stone. On the very inside I put a chain without a stone. That's really the thing...the stoneless silver chain moves more freely than the "stoned" chains, but it's also the longest, so the entire earring is a sort of study of movement. The inspiration here was replicating falling rain.

I did a filigree necklace, but the design wasn't original, it was based on something I saw on Etsy. I haven't soldered anything yet...the filigree pieces are held together with fine gauge wire.

Humm, what else...I did some goldfilled wire hoops with a horizontal bar across each. To keep the bars steady, I covered the hoop above the bar with fine gauge wire. On the bars, I have a line of graduated wire "fringe"--you make a loop on one end of the wire, hammer out the other end, then file the end smooth and round. I was trying out designs to make in karat gold wire rather than goldfilled. I think this design would be nice that way, but it was way too complicated...mmm...I'd have to come up with a real template before venturing to make it with the spendy stuff. Perhaps I'll make a silver version first and get the exact measurements.

I made a few quick 'n' dirty earrings, on a whim...just select some matching stones and connect them. I did a carnelian pair and a nephrite jade pair. I still have more agate stones to do but haven't done them yet.

I made a four-strand turquoise necklace I'm not sure of yet. It looks nice actually, but I just made it, so will have to wear it more to see if it needs anything.

Ah...I did some post-back earrings, mainly to see how easy or difficult it would be to make them. The design uses a wire spiral to cover the earlobe, and I hung a wire hoop off of that. This is another "dunno yet" design.

I have a necklace of tourmaline faceted hearts my daughter designed...and a pair of earrings using tourmalines from the same strand, hung on oxidized textured sterling chains.

There may be more but nothing comes to mind...lol...I did make a simple pendant from a chrysoprase bead carved into a lotus shape, but I'm not happy with it. It's way too simple; I'd like to make a necklace from that bead, hmmm...I have lots of other green stones, so maybe I'll do something with it this weekend.

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