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One is a teardrop side-drilled bead and the other is a smooth chunk with no drilling. I used smaller beads (garnet, onyx, hematite and others) to decorate. These are mostly freeform, I can’t say what exactly inspired me, I just went on with the wrapping until I was out of wire.
I couldn’t quite catch all the beauty of this stone on a photo, but I promise you, it shines on the whole surface, and the colours are a smooth gradient from yellowish green to almost turquoise. One of the most beautiful stones I’ve worked with.
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.
I ordered a bag of copper beads, that looked like mechanism parts on a photo. I wasn’t wrong, they really look like mechanism parts :) I wish I had bought some more, because I’m running out of them and this seller doesn’t have them anymore. In fact I couldn’t find anything similar on the whole Ebay.
Actually these earrings were the first steampunk items that I’ve made. All copper, no brass. I wrap the elements around with wire, sometimes along with a round glass bead. There are several variations. I love the outcome, and I kept one pair for myself. They do have a both steampunk and a gothic feeling.
This was also my first attempt at the Dwemer jewellery idea, that I’ve described in my previous post.