So here’s a technique that I’ve wanted to try for years – literally! Don’t judge… it takes time to get to things. I have tons of techniques and projects that have been on the back burner for some time but haven’t had time to get to. The important thing here is that I finally got to it – and I love the results! Loved the results so much that I was kind of obsessed for about a week. It’s all I wanted to do – though grudgingly I had to put aside play time and do the stuff I actually needed to do. So I stuck a deal with myself – I’d do the ‘must do’ stuff, take a break and make a pendant or pair of pinned earrings, then go back to the must do stuff so I could reward myself with a little play break again. I created quite a few petite necklaces over that week under this arrangement so I thought I’d share them with you here. I was, after all, very kindly admonished for my lack of social media presence over the past year by some faithful followers at the Art in the Park show in Foley a couple of weeks ago – you know who you are. 🙂 I wish I had taken your pictures so I could include you in my blog – maybe a photo of you wagging your finger at me, like ‘shame on you, abandoning your fans!’ lol So here I am, sharing, to show my loyal readers that I really DO care about them… Can you feel the love?
Well, since I purchased a number of those amazing kyanite drops I thought I’d create a necklace to match, and so I did. Sure it’s petite, but the stones are beautiful and I didn’t have to do much else but show them off and this technique is perfect for putting the focus on the stone – and of course, there’s that fun kinetic element since the stone swings freely in it’s setting. Kinetic fun is always a plus!
And if you know me, you know I love the color green and I love the stone chrysoprase. A beautiful, bright green stone. I’m get all dreamy eyed just thinking about it… no, really. I find this green simply entrancing. I scored some AMAZING quality chrysoprase, triple a grade, and created this little treasure.
This is a healthy little drop, not so dainty. The second picture here shows the scale of this lovely stone. You can find this piece in my etsy shop here: Pinned Chrysoprase
Now if those aren’t lovely enough, I decided to make a very simple pinned pearl necklace and as much as I love the kyanite and the chrysoprase I have to say I think I find the simplicity of this setting paired with the pearl to be quite striking. It makes for a classic sort of beauty. What do you think?
You can find this necklace in my Etsy shop here: Pinned Pearl Necklace
I also had fun with a turquoise bead. It needed a little something extra though so I made some mill textured bead caps in sterling and copper to cap each end before setting it. I liked the way it turned out. A very different look for the same setting, I thought.
You can find this beauty in my Etsy shop here: Pinned and Capped Turquoise
And there were many more. Some sold before I could get photos. Some I haven’t gotten pictures of. There are more earrings too. Maybe I’ll get some photos of them up eventually as well?
In my Etsy shop: Pinned Aventurine Necklace
In my Etsy shop: Pinned Green Onyx Wishbone Necklace
Listing coming soon.
Listing coming soon.
I really enjoyed this technique and there will be many more pinned pretties to come. I can’t wait to experiment with fun new ways to incorporate this technique into other jewelry designs as well. Stay tuned! This obsession is sure to grow.