Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mid-Week Mutterings - Fable's Rocks Pendants

I've left the picture rather large this time so you can see more detail of these beautiful stones I received from Fable's Rocks. Here's what they say about their stones:

Our pendants are all natural agates and jaspers, cut into freeform shapes and tumbled polished, then drilled for jump ring insertion. We can also supply them without the hole, for glueing or wirewrapping.
I'm not sure, yet, of the types and names of the stones in the pendants above, just that they are beautifully patterned and have such great colors. The center and right pendants use multiple stones, the one on the left uses just one.

I used Soft Flex Emerald and Onyx for the one on the left, Soft Flex Lapis for the middle pendant, Beadalon Satin Copper for the one on the right. I used 22 gauge wire (copper from BeadSmith via The Bead Store in Redondo Beach, and sterling silver from Rio Grande via a group buy through a beading friend with an account there) to wrap the "bail" and create the coil designs around the bead wire for extra security. Before I finish these completely, I'll probably also use a dab of glue here and there on the back to make sure the beading wire doesn't slip.

I'm also *probably* going to do something with the rest of the necklace wire before I add clasps, but I'm pondering the what of it before I commit.

I have quite a few of Fable's Rocks pieces, including some 'Polish flint' that I am dying to use, but need to figure out how I want to set them. As I mentioned, I'm just now trying to teach myself how to do wire-wrapping and don't have the right wire or tools yet. I think the flint would be great with gunmetal or antiqued brass (or both!) and I have some lovely reds and greens that would be great with copper, too.

You can contact the Fable's Rocks gals if you're interested in some of their stones by clicking here and you can find one of them (and maybe both, but I only know the one) on Twitter @MidnightReading, too.

I'm hoping that a very special book I've ordered shows up tomorrow so I can read and review it for Thursday. If not, I'm not sure what I'll have in store, but I hope it'll be worth your time!

Thank you all, again, for visiting. I really appreciate my 'regulars' and the time you commit to coming back and reading here. I'll be figuring out a new appreciation contest to hold soon and this time with multiple winners so more of you can know how much I enjoy your company!

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Blogger JustATish said...

These are hot, girl!

August 26, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Tish! Now I just need to finish them and give 'em a trial run to see if they're wearable!

August 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Wendy T. Gibson said...

Love rocks! Thank you!

August 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, these are truly inspired pieces, so impressive!! :) Excellent designs!

August 27, 2009 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Wendy and Lisa - thank you so much!

August 27, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

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