Monday, August 8, 2011

New Stones, New Designs

Yesterday and today I started adding some new gem angels. Serpentine and rhyolite are stones, which I haven't previously listed on my DaWanda shop. I like them both - serpentine for its joyful yellow-green color, and rhyolite for the unusual patterns.

Serpentine eases stress, harmonizes mood changes and helps with muscle cramps, regulates kidney function, alleviates hyperacidity and reduces deposits in the vessels.

Rhyolite consolidates existing circumstances and helps with self-acceptation and better assessment of one's situation.  It is a predominantly green stone with splashes of brown, ocher, yellow and white.

Red jasper is one of my favorite crystals (OK, I do have MANY favorite crystals:-) and I only recently found these wave-shaped button beads. I only had them from white agate until last year, but now I've  also found red jasper, aventurine, amazonite, rose quartz and even amethyst. The next project will be to turn them all into gem angels and fairies:-) Red jasper brings dynamic, energy and gives courage to persevere with important but unpleasant tasks.

Friday, August 5, 2011

There Is a Whole Face Between The Two Earrings!

A client purchased a white agate jewelry set and I had to make it anew for her. Despite my experience, making a pair or wire-wrapped earrings still gives me a combination of fear and thrill. Earrings require more concentration than a pendant, because they need to be as identical as possible. 

In order to achieve this, I make them simultaneously, count the number of the coils and measure the lengths of the wire ends. It always works out well, but the feeling is completely different.

I once attended a wire-wrapping workshop and the teacher, who was a college-trained jewellery designer with many years of work experience, told us what her own teacher used to say in his deep bass voice: "Young lady, don't forget that there is a  whole face between the two earrings!" It helps me relax and makes me laugh whenever I think about it.

Below is the white agate jewellery set, which was sold yesterday: