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Some recent-ish earrings
posted by Colleen Shirazi,
December 23, 2009
at 6:44 PM (Pacific)
Apologies for the great slab of iffy photography. Particularly the last image...the light was fading, and I had to wonder when I'd be able to photograph earrings again. I pushed the rack backwards to get a better image, but then the burgundy glow of the garnets was lost, so I attached an even more out-of-focus, yet better-illuminated pic.
Hammered goldfilled hoops / golden rutilated quartz earrings
The hammered hoops were to be a prototype...I had the notion of getting some solid karat gold wire and doing something with that. But these were such a bugger to make, I decided to just leave 'em be. The tiny beads are karat gold in fact but the rest is goldfilled wire.
When you wear them, the little hammered pieces flutter and catch the light.
The golden rutile pair are so simple, yet they look really neat and golden on, what with the sparkle on the figure-8 chains.
Peridot and vermeil / prehnite, peridot, tourmaline earrings
The prehnite pair are your standard Sundance Catalog, bunch o' green stones earrings.
I made the peridot pair quite recently, and wanted to do something different. Everyone makes earrings comprised of peridot briolettes on chains, right? These are really tiny briolettes--you need to use fine-gauge wire which is almost like a hair. I loaded the briolettes on until I got a glob of green light effect--you can't see the chain, but it's a heavy hammered goldfilled chain, which reflects light behind the stones.
London Blue topaz / tourmaline earrings on oxidized sterling chain
I need to redo the bottom blue topaz stones. Why was I in love with the idea of using a double loop at the top? It's useful when you need extra strength, but does little here but add more bulk. What's annoying is I made the loops a tad too small; the stones have a tendency to kink when the earrings are worn.
The tourmalines...eh...I'd like to redo these using a more delicate version of the same kind of chain.
Baby coin pearl / tiny pearl earrings on rolo chain
The baby coin pearls are pretty basic; I wear them in summer, with pearl necklaces.
The tiny pearl earrings...I wanted the effect of small white flowers, like cherry blossoms. The pearls, including the rice pearls, were from the defunct Bead Biz of El Cerrito (wah! come back!); the rolo chain from Marvin Tanner. It is a gorgeous chain, but only fine-gauge wire can pass through it, so it's ideal for smaller pieces like these.
Moonstone and labradorite / rhodolite garnet, grey moonstone earrings
Do not go gentle into that good night, though it may be a bit useless to rage against the dying of the light. The moonstone drops in the left-hand pair have blue flash (it's utterly lost here, I'm just saying).
The pair on the right...I wanted to do a series of grey and burgundy earrings. I attempted to oxidize sterling silver wire (see previous two posts) but the darn wire was too good to tarnish--only the niobium earring wires, and tiny sterling beads that were on them, got even remotely fried.
So version 1.1 features a mysterious grey stone...I found two on a strand of otherwise not-particularly-grey stones...a fringe of rhodolite garnets, and a grey moonstone (bottom center).
If I get more time this holiday, I'll post more pics (I have some pendants and necklaces as well as other earrings).
Labels: earrings, garnet, labradorite, moonstone, pearls, peridot, prehnite, quartz, topaz, tourmaline
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Beading thoughts part 3
posted by Colleen Shirazi,
December 7, 2009
at 7:54 PM (Pacific)
I'm trying to oxidize some sterling silver earrings.
By "trying," I mean it isn't working, quite. Last night, I placed the jewelry inside a ziplock bag, along with the yolk of a hard-boiled egg (smush the yolk some, but don't let it touch the jewelry). Right? By the following morning, the sterling was supposed to be black.
I'm guessing the well-intentioned folks who sold me the sterling wire (it's not argentium, just the regular kind) put an anti-tarnish treatment on it. Isn't it just the thing? when you want it to tarnish, it won't?
When I got home from work today, I noticed a slight golden-brown cast on the sterling. Jeesh! I decided to heck with it, mashed the yolk right into the earrings, and put the whole works--ziplock baggie, melange o' earrings and egg yolk--into the fridge. Let's see how it fares tomorrow.
Anyhow, the earrings were supposed to be a pair in a series of grey and burgundy earrings. I'd intended to combine grey labradorite (slight blue flash, if any) with some beautiful "rhodolite" garnet. The earrings wound up too heavy with the labradorite, unfortunately, so I ditched it in favor of more garnets, but the bright silver just looked old school.
I might end up redoing the earrings altogether...after doing this for some years, I've gotten good, and reasonably fast, with the mechanics...I'm not sure now if they're still too heavy, or if I'll be happy with the frames (the only non-argentium sterling wire at hand was half-hard 20 gauge, and I really prefer soft for this type of work). But I can't ditch anything until I see if I can darken the wire!
Labels: earrings, garnet, sterling silver
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