Monday, 3 January 2011
Splash of Colour: Semi-precious
Now and again I use uncut rubies and sapphires in my beaded jewellery but most of the time I use semi-precious stones. It's the jewel colours that draw me in, particularly the spectrum from green through to violet. Stones from left to right: Tourmaline, fluorite, iolite, peacock pearls, amethyst. When they're facetted or teardrop-shaped the excitement is even greater. Sometimes I just get them out and look at them. I have a gleeful pirate moment which can help during a dreary January day.
For the last couple of years I've been making more and more pieces using silver clay but before I had children semi-precious beaded jewellery was very fashionable and at one point I had small collections in three or four galleries around East Anglia. Tiny garlands made of gemstones are still popular but I make less of this kind of work.
I miss the beading process though. It's repetitive but incredibly satisfying. Gems are added one by one to the chain. There's a tutorial here. It's like a favourite recipe or knitting pattern - familiar, therapeutic and when it's finished the feeling can be better than chocolate.
I'm going to use the stones in these pictures to make a something this week. I have the time to do it, which is a real treat. I'll keep you posted.
It would be lovely if you join in with Splash of Colour this week - I think we could all do with a post-Christmas boost. The flickr pool is here. Drop me a line and let me know if you're not on Flickr but would like me to include an image and link in the end of week mosaics.
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