I was asked to wrap one of those recent sonora sunrise cabochons that I recently blogged about. I have shared the image of the stone in several places and the opinions were unanimous- It's a really fabulous cab! So, I wanted to do something different with it. I put on my thinking cap. I sketched a few design ideas, but nothing was really striking my fancy. Then I noticed that I had a length of wire sitting in front of me that I had shaped into a long string of scallops. I made it just to see if I could. Hmmmm.... I should try something with that! So, I did. It was actually much more difficult than it looks. However, I was so pleased with the results that I will definitely do something similar again. I am happy to say that the recipient is also pleased with this.
After doing the Sonora Sunrise pendant, I wanted to do another one with the frame brought out a little. I chose a beautiful spiderweb rhodonite. I like this setting, as well. It lends a light and airy look to the triangle shape and sorta harmonizes with the lines in the stone.
I decided to step it up a notch and bring in lots more detail to the setting. Bringing in all of this texture and detail really sets off the stone- which, of course, is the real point of what I am trying to do.
Speaking of setting off the stone... I am trying out this gray background to see if it works better to show the wire work and stone. I really like the gray- a lot. But, I don't know that I want to redo all of my pictures. I will, however, be including one gray shot in each new listing.
The stone in the pendant above is a natural turquoise from Tonopah, Nevada. Tonopah is where Royston turquoise is from. I'm not real clear as to whether it should or should not be called Royston turquoise, although it does have the look.
Just to round things off, here's another pendant. This one is a vibrant parrot wing chysocolla. Nothing fancy about the frame really, but I did add some beads for detail.