Just in case you need something shiny and stylish in the midst of battle..?
I love how this silly little "I wonder if I could..." idea turned out. It was so ludicrous at the time, and yet. It worked out very well, allowing the light to bounce off of and through the stone itself to really maximize the shiny. And then I made chainmaile for some reason, I don't know.
(And if you happen to get a mild Sephiroth vibe from this... I won't tell if you won't.)
Why wear your heart on your sleeve where no one will ever see it?
I came across a stunning golden seraphinite cabochon and could not resist setting it in stainless steel with one tiny black labradorite bead accent. And there's that byzantine variant again, but it's wonderfully sturdy while being very comfortable against the neck. And, y'know, purdy. The name comes from the song I was humming while I was taking pictures.
The moment I saw this labradorite cabochon, I could only think of a galaxy exploding into life. I had to snap it up and make a spectacular necklace for it to hang from. Un/fortunately, that seemed to mean visiting my old friend, the dragonscale weave, used a little differently than most tend to use it. This is how I like it, though. It's extremely solid with a nice heft to it, but it doesn't feel heavy when worn.
I was determined to make a really, really simple wrap for this already spectacular labradorite centerpiece, and a reasonably simple chain. ...Uh. Well, simple enough. Any variation of a byzantine weave is a touch of madness; two steps forward, one step back. Over and over and over again. I'm still happy with the shiny-glowy result, though.
The rich, lush colors of the last summer evening are tinged with just a touch of gold amongst the greens, a little hint of copper amidst the silver moonlight and dark blues and purples before twilight. Alas, I will wait for summer's return under a warm blanket with plenty of hot drinks.
Just a little experiment. I sort of accidentally decided to return to a simplified bit of chainmaile, at first planning to make the entire necklace that way... but then there's always the possibility of pinching, and that's no fun. I decided instead to simply (FOR ONCE) and make the necklace easily adjustable with less work, less weight, and still keep the look I'd wanted. Success!
Can I not think about how much time this took? It was little by little over a period of... a long time. A really long time. I'm very pleased with how it came out, though!
It all just kinda came together. Found these gorgeous faceted freshwater peals that are impossible to describe. They glow and they shimmer and they remind me of pomegranates. The cubic zirconia drops are actually red and not orange as the camera kept trying to decide that they were, bringing out the brighter reds in the pearls. It was a totally separate idea to make the chain; I'd been wanting to do that one for quite a while and finally gave in... then combined them. I also had two pearls left at the end, so... I made earrings.
Something I was working on while I was waiting for my neck to stop aching. Fun times. It turned out just like I'd imagined it, though! That's... kind of amazing. Relatively simple but "dense", with a good weight to it. Two dragonfly charms and a few little bitty silver beads. We'll just say it was a learning experience.