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Cut That Out!

Ever since I did the first reversible medallion with a cutout, I’ve wanted to do more.   Remember these stones?

All of these are large enough to lend themselves to this type of setting….the small labradorite is just barely big enough, but I can make it work.  The first thing of course is to build the bezel-rings, which I’ve already done.  The next is to draw the cutout designs.

Nothing special here…plain paper, a dull pencil because I’m at work and of course can’t find the pencil sharpener.  The placements for setting the wire bails on the tops are just approximate but the designs themselves are pretty much what I’m after.

For the record, the circles will either be cut with setting burs or with a drill.  I COULD try and cut perfect little circles but hey,  why torture myself?  I cuss too much as it is.  Now all that’s left is to glue the papers onto the sterling silver sheet and…..

……wait for it…….




CUT THAT OUT!!………….*donkey laugh*………….yes, I amuse THAT easily.

Rose Quartz Swirly Mega-Heart

Okay, I probably wouldn’t label this piece that way for the shelf, but it really is the best way to describe it.

As I mentioned earlier, this piece ended up being a little larger than I had envisioned.  In the end, it did mean that I decided not to add the original piece that was the whole reason for building this.  It would have made the whole thing about 6 inches long and while I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, I do think it would be a little intimidating for most people out there.  It would turn it into a piece that was worn perhaps only rarely which would make me sad.

As is,  this piece is light and feminine while still a little funky.  It’s something I definitely could wear every day.  And that’s how it should be….hiding your jewelry away in your jewelry chest or in that dish on your dresser is just hiding your light under a bushel.  Much better to let it shine.  Shine baby, Shine!.

Damn the Torpedoes!

Onwards and Upwards!!  You can’t keep a good woman down!!  Tally-ho, Pip Pip and all that rot.

Along with those torpedoes, damn the guilt, the laundry, the housework, and the hundred other things that can keep us from doing what we really want to do.  Well, ok….except for the laundry.  I can do laundry and still do other stuff at the same time.  Gotta pretend to get SOMETHING sort-of domestic happening in order to maintain my delusion that yes, I can do it all.  Suddenly that bad commercial from the 70’s with a woman in a red dress singing something about bringing home the bacon just flashed before my eyes.  Every so often I forget how horribly tacky the 70’s were and then I have a nostalgia flashback.  But I digress……

These are the stones for the next batch of jewelry.  Spiffy, huh?  That is a massive Rose Quartz and it’s got tons of rose colour.  Sometimes they can be pale, but not this baby….she’s plenty rosie.  The two Labradorites may end up in one piece or in two.  I haven’t decided yet but it’s sure to be quite lovely as Labradorite has that gorgeous glow to it.  As for the Tiger’s Eye, it may not make it to the shelf.  It’s a really unique stone;  those dark bands you see are actually what appear to be Hematite…..deeply glossy and shiny Hematite.  I’m not sure I will be able to let go of it.

These are pieces of Dichroic Glass that I’ve had forever.  I’m still not 100% sure what direction I’m going to take these, but it’s sure to be a wild ride.  I love the contrast between these pieces and natural cabochons.  Someday I’m going to make my own glass cabs. Glass is, after all, just one more thing I can melt, right?

Now I’m going to ask you all for some feedback.  These are another round of big and chunky pieces.  Which do you prefer….*Big and Chunky* or *Pretty and Delicate*?  I’m going to let you decide what will come next after these are done.  Leave me a comment and let me know what direction YOU think I should take.  These creative journeys are always more fun when I have some company.  🙂

So here we go…another jewelry blitz.  Damn the Torpedoes!!  Full Steam Ahead!!!