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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.
I’m trying my skill in hammering wire. It’s been going pretty well, considering I’ve started just yesterday. I just hope that my neighbours won’t kill me, because the process can be quite noisy and rather annoying. I’ve made several pairs of earrings and a couple of pendants so far, so have a look:
Copper kitty on a big onyx bead. (Available)
A rather huge agate slab pendant with some natural turquoise beads; the wire is just partially flattened here. (Available)
A pair of very simple hoop earrings with a lampwork bead (reserved).
Another pair of simple earrings, made with silver plated copper (which turned out just fine for flattening). (Available)
Wire wrapped and partially hammered earrings with turquoise and some copper findings (Available).
Geodes are awesome. I love geodes. I sometimes spend literally hours online looking for the right ones or just watching the pretty geode photos.
Geodes are crystal-lined cavities inside a rock. They are often formed when a bubble of air is trapped inside hot lava, then it cools down and forms quartz crystals inside around the bubble. The crystals can grow inside the rock for a very long time, so the geodes can be a few milimeters or several meters wide (or even bigger).
This geode piece is agate. Agate is basically a form of chalcedony, which is a type of quartz (silicone dioxide), but unlike regular quartz it has characteristic banding. I wasn’t able to show the true beauty of this stone on the photos, but I hope you like it anyway. The tiny red beads are coral, added to cheer the piece up a bit.
I rarely make wire wrapped earrings, because my pendants are much more popular. Perhaps because the earrings are more demanding, as they’re generally expected to come in pairs and it’s difficult for me to repeat a pattern. They also have to be light and are generally more demanding, so whenever I make them, I try to keep them relatively simple.
I myself, though, prefer to wear earrings every day. I’ve listed these two pairs just now, although I had made them two months ago. I also have a third pair that I made for myself, and I wanted to wear them a bit to make sure they’re not too heavy and generally nice to wear. They are. I have some more wire/stone combinations, and I can also make custom ones with this pattern.