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Agate is one of my favourite minerals. The natural one is usually brown and grey, although there are more variations, but it can also be dyed in various colours, which I learned to appreciate over time, especially when the dye job looks well. The first one is one of the natural brown slices I brought over from Poland last year. I used malachite beads to compliment it. The other one is a dyed bead, and the colours are sort of reverse (brown on green, not green on brown). Enjoy!
My favourite variety of jasper is “picasso jasper”, that earned its name due to picture-like markings. I swear sometimes the beads I get look like landscape or abstract paintings. And beautiful too.
As you can see I’m still fond of the spiky and asymmetric style when it comes to semi-precious stone pendants.
I’ve got lots of turquoise beads, so most of the bracelets I’ve recently made includes some. It’s a great stone to work with, because there are very few other stones that don’t go with it. Most green, red, blue, brown and yellow do anyway. I’m experimenting with wire wrapping beads to use them as a focal piece. Also, trying to include some handmade hammered clasps and other elements every now and then.
The bracelets are available in my Etsy shop.
Remember the beads from my previous post? I decided to use them in a bracelet after all. I had some beautiful raw amber beads and various matching jasper and turquoise pieces and I like this colour combination.
The second one took me a major part of a day, because I had an idea, which proved to be poor, then I had to redesign the whole piece, make another wire wrapped element and attach it. What I used was dichroic glass cabs, artisan lampwork glass beads and various metal elements.
Would you believe I spent approximately the same amount of time attaching the tiny beads as doing the actual wire wrapping? The beads are: various type of turquoise (stabilized mostly), lapis lazuli, various kinds of jasper, copper and tiger’s eye. I like how the main stone seems framed in the wire.