HANDMADE JEWELRY | ONE-OF-A-KIND + CUSTOM
I’m still immersed in Southwest-style beads and symbols.
For the past week, I’ve been working on and off on a very lightweight necklace. I finally finished it late last night, so late that I went to bed before posting it (sorry!).
The necklace itself is primarily 4mm jet and 2mm turquoise and coral beads. I kept the sizes small, and the stones are also purposefully low-weight (jet is related to coal). At the last minute, I used a few 1mm Thai silver beads to add contrast and brightness. I restrung it several times before I was satisfied. It also started out longer — 24” — but I removed some of the turquoise and coral to shorten it 2”.
Also toward the end, as usual, I put together a snowflake obsidian pendant. The stone was originally part of a set intended for earrings. I thought the snowflake patterns on each were too dissimilar (likely cut from separate stones), not to mention too big for earring drops, despite their weight (obsidian is a volcanic glass with somewhat high sand content). I didn’t want to hang it on a simple wire bail or jump ring, so I bored out the drill hole a little more and slid the obsidian over small turquoise tube beads strung on sterling wire.
I finished the necklace with a sterling hook, though I considered using a lobster claw instead. I’m always curious what wearers think of different clasps. My sense was that a pinch hook might be OK on such a light necklace, but I'm interested to hear other opinions.
Separately, I also began working on a sterling cross to become a pendant. I stamped a cool sun symbol in the center of both sides, slightly over-stamping to attempt a unique look. Not sure if I like that or not. It still needs a bail, and I also need to decide how much to polish it or if it needs to be oxidized (I think it does).