Monday, October 11, 2010
I don't make jewelry like I used to, (no time) but now and again if there is something in my life I'd like to celebrate or an occasion to remember, I'll pull out my wire and whip something up.
This is a Danburite crystal - one of my favorite stones. According to The Crystal Bible, Danburite "is an excellent stone for facilitating deep change and for leaving the past behind"
Wrapped in sterling silver wire, the main armature was melted on either end so the silver would form a ball. I hammered it into the shape I wanted, then wove a thin gauge wire around the front & back to secure the stone into place.
Of note: Of all the jewelry I ever created, it was all "cold connected" meaning that I used no heat to solder or connect anything, but I did at one time use a small creme brulee torch to ball up the silver as shown above. It was a technique that was typically used for making something called a headpin, but also could be used for decorative purposes as well.
The finished piece, strung on a black cotton cord.