Green agate rectangle pendant

This agate bead has perfect vertical stripes. I didn’t want to make it very complicated, so I left the middle part straight and sort of following the stripes. I got carried away a bit with the top, though, but I still think it’s relatively simple. Available on Etsy.

Grey agate pendant

The problem with all these beautiful agate beads is that I like them so much, that I want to use them all up and make dozens of beautiful pendants. Also, I’m afraid that I’ll mess up the wrapping (which has happened quite often), so I’m reluctant to use them. So they’re just sitting there in a box, waiting until I get brave enough to use them, and I just keep drooling over them every day. …


Long gothic black & grey pendant

I’ve been wondering for a long time what to do with this bead. It’s plain, without any banding, just with two or three ridiculous yellowish spots on its sides. I decided to do a cage that conceals the spots, as I thought they were just pointless. I’ve just recently bought grey wire, which is called “smoke”, while the warm grey one that I’m using for steampunk is called “gunmetal”, which is somewhat confusing. Anyway, grey …


Rectangle agate pendant

I love opaque wire. It gives a totally different impression than metallic ones, looks unusual, different than anything else. Unfortunately it doesn’t come thicker than 0.7mm, which is far to thin for a base wire, so I only have the thin one for wrapping. The base is still shiny and it shows when the wrapping isn’t dense enough. Still, it looks unusual. This wire coincidentally was very similar in colour to some of the dyed …


Weekly photo challenge: Spring (pendant)

I missed the Spring so much, that I bought a lot of these yellowish-green agate beads (dyed), that encourage me to make floral inspired design on them. Well, the Spring is here already, and I’ve only made one pendant like this. Not sure if this is entirely on topic, because technically it’s crafts section, not photography, but this post is also for the WordPress’s weekly photo challenge (which is Spring this week). I’m sort of …


Yet another agate pendant

I’m not sure if I’m not boring with all the agate pendants I’m posting, but agate is never boring for me. Each piece is different, has different banding, sometimes no banding at all, and if dyed, a lot of different colour possibilities. This one is natural brown, so I chose to use neutral warm and copper coloured wire. Available on Etsy.

Labradorite pendant with blue flashes

When I buy stringed labradorite beads, most of them have just silver flashes. But sometimes I get a specimen like this one: beautiful green and blue flash on the whole surface. Of course in that case I have to pair it with something at least remotely matching. In this case I chose dyed blue agate faceted beads. Available on Etsy.

Labradorite, opalite and dyed agate – two pendants

After my opalite and garnet pendant was successful (although it was supposed to be a bracelet in the beginning), I’ve decided to use this pattern further and try different wire and stone combinations with it. I was only limited by the kind of headpins I had, as they only come in a limited range of colours. These are my favourite ones so far: opalite + blue agate + labradorite, and purple agate + opalite + …


Double sided purple agate pendant

The wire that looks silver is actually light grey. You can see the difference between it and the silver plated chain on the bottom, it’s slightly darker. I thought that another shade of neutral wire will be nice and can give more possibilities. The agate bead is dyed in purple, and has some interesting banding on both sides, so I made the pendant double sided. It looks quite unusual, even for my creations. It’s slightly …


Red and black pendant in negative

Normally I often make pendants with red bead and black wire. They are popular, and I’m not surprised, as this is also one of my favourite color combos to wear. But I thought I should make something more unusual, like reversing the colours. I bought some new wire and decided it’s time to experiment. I’m not  unhappy with the result, but I think an additional piece of red chain would be fantastic. The beads are …