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I bought about half a ton of agate slices during my holiday in August, about time I started using them.
I like the dark green and purple combo.
After many months of resisting, I finally got myself a proper ring mandrel and decided I should make some freeform rings (it works for pendants, so why wouldn’t it for rings?). This is the first one I’ve made. It took me a long time to decide what beads I wanted to use, and after a while went for a safe brown-turquoise combination. I don’t think it’s bad for the first time.
I don’t make steampunk stuff all the time, sometimes I need a break from it, that’s why I keep a stash of pretty semi precious stones in my desk, in case I get good ideas.
These pendants are relatively simple, made from a rather small piece of wire, and the common thing about them is the bead shape and a decorative bead on the top. The black agate one is double sided.
Well, they’re fairly irregular for teardrops and the third one is actually tooth shaped. Something I made in the meantime when I was bored with the usual stuff. I wish I had more side drilled agate in cooler shades (temperature-wise cooler, not awesomeness-wise cooler), but the batch I’ve got recently is mostly brownish red, sometimes orange or yellow, so I’m pretty much restricted to matching it with carnelian and other similar stones. It’s fun to make them every now and then, though
and one double sided amethyst tooth (available here) with quartz inclusions (or is it a quartz with amethyst inclusions? amethyst is technically a quartz anyway), which I called “Purple Winter” on deviantArt.
I don’t remember why I had this idea. I was going for something chunky, bold and more three dimensional than what I usually make. They resemble reptiles a little bit, hence the name. Also, I wanted to make something for myself to match my blue clothes (finally made something totally different and decided to sell the reptilian ones). I played around a bit, matching different grey and blue shades in different stones (agate, kyanite, lapis lazuli, amazonite, quartz and labradorite). There are countless tasteful combinations, I’ll have to explore this idea further when I have time.