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Monday, October 4, 2010

I Love Rocks

I collect a few things. Clothes, jewelry (specifically rings, more specifically sterling and gemstone), and beads. Last night I began my latest endeavor to combine the latter most two. So I consulted eBay for ideas, and decided on a multi-strand design with a big-ass pendant. I have had some amazonite chips lying around and decided I wanted to use them because their color is a good match for my favorite ring, which has a big square cabochon of chrysoprase (raw gem is pictured right). Prehnite (the light, clear green stone chips) is another favorite stone of mine, and I decided the colors worked well enough to use them both. Also I have a prehnite ring that I love but the stone is loose so I don't wear it right now.



Ta daaa! It took a little while because chip beads are irregular (obviously) so it takes a little longer to find the hole and string them, but joining the wires at the ends was the biggest pain in the ass. I accidentally cut the first two wires too short, so I realized (too late) I had very little slack to work with. Trying to get short wires into a loop around a chain and then back through a crimp bead is meticulous work. Too meticulous for me, because I gave up and just used bead tips instead (which worked out really well actually). The pendant by the way is a big slice of dyed turquoise, about three inches long. The small yellow/green rounds are some yellow jade I've had for a while and didn't know what to do with. I'm pretty happy with it, but the loop holding the pendant on I might rework later because there's a little slack which shows the wire between beads. I already have requests from some friends to make them some accessories, too!

38 comments:

  1. Looks pretty good. I like strange rocks to, but it's hard to find any here.

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  2. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

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  3. Great colours! And it has a very weird shape :) Love it

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  4. Nice work you did there.. You have interesting hobby :)

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  5. i love finding odd/rare ones as well

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  6. Wow those sure are some lively looking stones.

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  7. That looks INCREDIBLE! You did that yourself?

    What meticulous work. I'd probably have dropped it and hung myself before finishing. I don't have the fine motor control required for this kind of work.

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  8. Those rocks some day might be worth millions, till that day keep them! once you sell them for millions do not forget about me! :D

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  9. I only possess a basic knowledge on rocks and their formation, but this is all rather intriguing.

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  10. that looks so awesome, great work!

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  11. good thing I visited your blog today!

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  12. oh wow, these are pretty. you should sell them on etsy or something like that

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  13. DOOD I LOVE ROCKS TOOOO. seriously when i was little my uncle bought me a ugly rock. But when he told me break it open, my face went like this :D. GEODES ARE AWESOME.

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  14. Looks pretty nice. Kudos for your hard work

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  15. I used to have a huge rock collection. I got to bust that out and see if there's anything cool in there

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  16. Very nice work. I have always preferred the look of stones and natural elements over other more expensive and refined jewelry. Right now I only ever wear a wolf tooth hanging from a black cord about my neck and thats about it. What you made is something that I often see in my sisters fashion magazines and such.

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  17. Nice work. You could sell these.

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  18. beautiful! I too have an affinity for gemstones and things of geologic origins. I've never heard of Prehnite before - could be a great descriptor.

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  19. Although it looks like it may break your neck, it looks good :)

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  20. as a little kids i used to collect tons of these "rocks"

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  21. my gf is a complete rock,stones,beads,necklace nerd i know ALL too well about this sort of thing lol

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