Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas Stone Ignites Creativity ~
Imagine coming home after practicing the organ on a dreary cold day to find a package hanging on the door of your studio. I put the Christmas gift under the tree and waited until Christmas Day to open it. Wrapped very carefully in the bottom of the bag was this beautiful gemstone. On the bead board was the carnelian already wrapped. This began the creative juices flowing.
Having created the necklace, I decided to create some earrings. It took just a few tries to remember how to wrap all these tiny little jasper gemstones to the larger jasper. They look like little flowers dangling from the larger flower blossom. The sterling silver ear wires I purchased are hammered and heavier than I normally use.

The finished necklace is shown in the photo above. It is full of jasper gemstones much like the stones in the earrings. There are five links of copper wire on each side of the necklace. A sterling silver clasp was added. Lately I have been creating gemstone and mixed metal necklaces long enough to simply place over your head and fall across your chest.
You just never know what happens with a Christmas stone.

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