The gem faire was in town last week and I was in search of some sterling chain, ... from some of my regular vendors. Unfortunately 1 vendor was bought out by another company and they no longer carry sterling silver (what???), another no longer carries that chain (double what???) so I had to go in search of new suppliers ... Well what happens when one goes wandering around a gem faire .... one buys things! I found a place with some nice sterling chain (www.majestab.com) and as I continued my wanders I found another cut stone vendor (eidos) based in San Rafael (where my MIL lives) with some cool stones. I'm a sci-fi fan so when I saw these interesting meteorite pieces from the Campo del Cielo meteorite and they told me they could be soldered I thought - how about diamonds and meteorites??? So stay tuned to see if I can join these little diamonds to these cool meteorites ...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I got some strands of little 3mm rondelles in Tucson and decided to make some earrings with LOTS of little gemstone dangles. The first thing I had to do was make sure all the holes would fit 26 gauge wire and use my diamond bit to enlarge a few of the holes. Next on the agenda was to make a LOT of 26 gauge balled headpins. That means cutting wire and balling it with the torch. The final step is wirewrapping all those sparkly little gemstones onto the chain. Here are 2 of the results. Both are available for sale at Gili Anna's in La Jolla