June 29, 2014

Green Summer Beaded Necklace with Tassel

Last time when I was crocheting with beads was long ago. Looking at small boxes with Matsuno Japanese seed beads, I took leftover green beads and a small amount of brown beads - just enough to make a necklace. Checking for some matching beads to make a focal piece, I found 4 leaf-shaped Czech beads.
So, sitting in front of my computer, I watched a movie and crocheted :) 
I used all the beads. I was surprised that I had exactly enough beads to make this neckalce, no more no less, not even a tiny pinch of beads left :)

Tassel is made of a large dragon jasper bead, unakite and Czech faceted and leaf-shaped glass beads. S-hook clasp that attached to the large jump-ring by the tassel.
 You can buy this truly one-of-a-kind necklace here

June 17, 2014

Druzy Cabochon Pendants

About three years ago, at the Tucson Gem show I bought beautiful druzy cabochons. Druzy cabochon, also known as drusy cabs, are cabochons named for having a druse, or an area filled with small quartz crystals within or on the surface of the stone. Each stone is hand-cut to best display the druse. Each drusy gem is unique and unlike any other. 
Last week I found a good way to frame the cabs into pendants showing the beauty of the natural stone.

This was the first pendant. The color and structure of this stone reminds me caramel sprinkled with sugar. So sweet!  
Total length of the pendant is 3" (7.5 cm), wight 1 1/2" (3.5 cm) https://www.etsy.com/listing/193244548/brown-sugar-large-druzy-cabochon-copper?ref=shop_home_active_1
Surface of this large cabochon has also "sweet" color of hot cocoa. 
Total length of this pendant is 2 3/4" (7 cm), wight 1 1/2" (4 cm).
This cab (below) is a little smaller. This pendant was made with sterling silver filled wire; I oxidized and polished it for antiqued look.
Total length of the pendant is 2 3/8" (6 cm), wight 1 7/16" (35mm).


You can buy these pendants and other jewelry here