Aug 30, 2010

Double Boulder Opal Pendant

Two of the first two boulder opals that I bought from the Opal Auctions website I have used to create a pendant.

Rather than just use one stone to make a pendant as I usually do I thought it would be a bit different this time to use two stones, especially with the opals because its double the amount flashes of colour.

Since the base colour of the opals is primarily brown, I thought using gold fill as well as sterling silver wire would help to better the compliment the stones. The outer wrapped wires are therefore in gold fill, twisted to add some extra texture. On this occasion I wanted to ensure that the wires outlined the stones rather swept across them as I didn't want anything to detract from the colour flashes in the opals. I therefore have one lot of wires curving around the outer edge of the top stone and then sweeping across the join between the stones, while the second set of wires has been used to form tight coils above the top opal.

So there you have it - my Double Boulder Opal Pendant.

Aug 29, 2010

Sunday Themes - Purple

My theme for this week is Purple - always a popular colour. Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color.

I have several pieces of jewellery in purple so I have chosen two to display the use of this gorgeous colour:

The first piece is my Amethyst and Lampwork Shells Necklace

and the second is my Charoite with Sterling Silver Parallel Flowers Bracelet

With the next Brisstyle Designers Market less than a week ago, the other examples of the use of purple that I have chosen are all by BrisStylers who will have a stall at the market.

A Dangerous Website

Dangerous that is - for your pocket - especially if like me you love Opals! The website is Opal Auctions, and it is full - as if you couldn't guess - of opals. While, understandably, the majority of the opals are Australian, there are also opals from other parts of the world. Most of the opals are sold directly by the people who mine them, so in Australia, the sellers are actually based at the main opal sites, such as Cooper Pedy or Lightening Ridge. There is every sort of opal you could imagine - from $1 auctions stones with just a small flash of colour right up to expensive investor stones.

I've started small at the low end of the scale with some boulder opal cabochons as well as a lovely piece of Koroit opal. See Monday's post for the first pendant I have made using these gorgeous stones.

Aug 23, 2010

Chrysanthemum Chainmaille Necklace

I decided it was time to expand on my Chrysanthemum Chainmaille weave, and this time to create a necklace, using the same basic Chrysanthemum units. To make the necklace I therefore made up six individual links. These I then joined together in a decreasing pattern to form the main focal of the necklace. I then suspended the whole on a simple 2 in 2 chain.

So, in Sterling Silver, this is my newly completed Chrysanthemum Chainmaille Necklace.

Aug 22, 2010

Sunday Themes - Green

With a while between posts, what better way to start back than with another Sunday theme. This time my theme is Green. Green, the colour of all things fresh, a colour closely associated with nature, and with new beginnings.

Two of my favourite pieces in Green are my Entangled - Wire Sculptured Necklace

and my Emerald and Silver Coils Necklace

Here are some other gorgeous items in Green from the BrisStyle team.


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