FSOJ wk 9: Pheonix

I am behind a bit on the year of jewelry project… missed week eight. This pendant is my week 9 entry. It is a comissioned piece for a man in Alberta, Canada who cuts his own stones. He displays in museams and asked me to wrap some of his stones for him to use in his displays. The stones are truly inspirational, so they are a lot of fun to wrap. This is a fine specimen of ammolite… all a very intense electric fiery red! I felt that it was soooo red, that I needed to break it up a bit, so I added three mexican fire opal accents to it, which I think work well with it. I love the way it turned out… very proud of this piece. And knowing that it will be on display in a museam in another country is just icing on the cake. 🙂 :::flips hair::: lol. The gentleman and I now have an arrangement whereby he will provide stones for me to wrap, and I will barter my wraps for some of his amazing specimens to call my own. Since I am totally in LOVE with ammolite, this is a perfect arrangement for me… these stones aren’t cheap, so it’s a very beneficial relationship. He now has someone to wrap his pretties, and I don’t have to go broke to get my ammolite fix. 😀

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Wk 7: Cradle of the Moon


This week started out with no listed theme, though the theme ‘family’ wa later selected. That did not inspire me though, so I went off in my own direction (as I often do) and created a pendant inspired by Lisa Claxton. Even though it was inspired by Mrs. Claxton, I gave it my own twist and created something different. I call this piece ‘cradle of the moon’ because the coin pearl looks much like a moon to me and the wire weave just sort of cradles it… I really enjoyed making it, and while it looks terribly compicated I was impressed with how quickly it came together. I will do more like this one without a doubt…
I have yet to oxidize this piece, which I fully intend to do as I feel it will add depth and character. I think I will use the boiled egg method to oxidize to ensure that the pearls will not be damaged. I am afraid if I dip it in a LOS solution that it will do more harm than good, but the sulfer gas from the egg will be much kinder to the overall piece.