Spring Dreams 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back….I have discovered the fun world of lapidary!!  Where I take stone slabs about 3/8 thick and cut and grind and polish them into beaufiful cabochons that I can then wrap.  I will note as I add the pictures which stones I have made myself.  If I don’t mention the work that goes into a cabochon Then I probably didn’t work it.   I love creating these beautiful pendants – I put a minimum of 3 hours into each pendant that I create from the rock slab through the wrapping process.   I could and should charge a lot more but I simply want to make enough to pay for my habit.  You are the winner here!  

It is almost May!!!  Mother’s Day is almost here.  What would be a nicer gift than a handcrafted one of a kind necklace

Also note at the end of the post there are quite a few of my designs on CLEARANCE SALE!  There is nothing wrong with these pendants, but I need to make room for more (so I can keep up with my ‘habit’.   Hopefully there is something there that catches your eye!

(To see my latest creations click on  Continue Reading)

I have lately found that most of my wire wrapped necklaces were looking the same – all a little bit different, all still beautiful, but I was getting bored.   So I got online on U Tube and watched some tutorials on new ways to wrap a stone.

This first one is a five wire braid!

5 wire Braided Cabochon in Copper with matching earrings. This beautiful stone was cut and ground and polished by myself and then I wrapped it in non tarnishing copper toned wire wrap (18 gauge) It hangs on a delicate 18 inch long copper colored chain and it closes with a toggle closure. The matching earrings are made with a combination of Chinese crystals and Swarovski crystals on a hypoallergenic ear wire. $25.00 for the set

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Rose gold wire weaving. This is a gorgeous one of a kind creations with matching earrings of Swarovski crystals and glass pearls. The pendant hangs on a rose gold chain. Since this is only my second attempt at wire weaving I am only charging $22.00 for this set. With more practice the price will increase so grab this beauty while you can

 

 

 

 

 

Side view of the Rose Gold Wire Weave
Pink Crystal Basket Weave Wire Wrap – big name for a smaller cabochon. This pretty crystal is about 1 inch in height and with the bail it totals about 1 1/2′ tall. I have wrapped it in non tarnishing silver tone wire wrap and it hangs on a sterling silver plated chain with a toggle closure. $20
Side view of the Pink Crystal
Matching Earrings come with the Pink Crystal Necklace

1 – View of Silver Wrapped Crazy Lace Agate with matching Swarovski earrings. You can see the toggle closure in the upper right hand corner of the photo. $20.00 for the hand cut and hand wrapped ONE OF A KIND necklace set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mentioned that I have found that I enjoy doing the lapidary work on these stones.   To take a piece of rock and cut it and shape it and grind it and finally pollish it into a workable cabochon is very fulfilling.   Then I get to take that finished cab and wrap it in non tarnishing wrapping wire and create a work of art is such a thrill.  I took one such rock – this crazy lace agate –  that had already been ‘sliced’ into about a 3/8” slab.   I drew my patterns onto the rock and proceeded to cut out (in raw form) four mini cabs.  I then proceeded to saw, and grind and shape and polish and finally buff three of those into beautiful little cabochons.  I have FOUR pendants here, the final one was purchased already cut and polished.  But look closely at these first three – although the colors are totally different they ARE from the same original rock slab. I simply chose the color of wire wrap that best illuminated their beauty.

2 – This adorable little crazy lace agate PENDANT measures only 1 3/4 inch in length. The stone is a delicate 1 x 3/4 inch in size. I cut and ground and polished this stone and then wrapped it in antique copper. The matching earrings are 4mm Swarovski crystals hanging from hypoallergenic ear wires. Just $20 for the set
3 -Crazy Lace in Antique Copper. This section of the rock slab definitely called for the antique copper wire wraps. The silver tones washed out against it and the copper brings out the gorgeous colors. The length of the finished pendant is 2 1/4 inches long and it has lovely matching earrings also. $20.00 for the set
3 – Another picture of the Crazy Lace wrapped in Antique Copper. Although this is the largest of all four crazy lace pendants that I have it is still a smaller cabochon.)
4 – Square Crazy Lace …This is the only one of the four crazy lace agates that I have that I did NOT cut and grind and polish. I purchased this beautiful 1″ x 7/8″ almost square cabochon. I did wrap it however, by hand and I chose the antique copper to pull out the colors in the stone. Matching hypoallergenc earrings complete the set for just $20.00 ONE OF A KIND – handmade!

Now for some more beauties!!!   Remember, if you want something changed like the length of the chain or say, a toggle closure instead of a magnet closure no problem!  Just message me with your order – petalsoftjewelry@willden.org and the message will get right to me.

Sunset Blush – This gorgeous pendant simply glows with the colors of a sunset – the rose tones are highlighted with the silver toned wrapping wire. The finished pendant measures 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches in size. It hangs from a sterling silver plated chain 18 inches in length that closes with a magnet closure for easy on and off no more fighting with lobster claws, thank you!). The matching earrings are made up of 6 mm Swarovski bicone crystals with a cute little sway crystal at the bottom. Hypoallergenic. $20.00 for this one of a kind hand made set.
Desert Storms – this stone reminds me of a sandstorm in the desert! It is made with a full sized 40 x 30 mm cabochon that I cut and ground and polished from a rock slab! I then wrapped it in antique bronze wire wrap to pull out the natural colors of the stone. The 18″ long necklace closes with a decorative leaf toggle closure. Earrings are included although not shown in pictures $20.00
Autumn Desert – another full sized cabochon that I cut, ground, polished, and wrapped – this tme in bright gold tone wrapping wire. It hangs from a 14 k gold plated chain that is 18 inches in length and closes with a decorative toggle closure. Matching earrings to come. $20.00 for this 2 1/2″finished pendant that is totally HANDMADE AND ONE OF A KIND!
Autumn Desert showing the true colors of the pendant. It is the same necklace as you see at the left – different backgrounds create different tones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This delicate “White Veined’ rock is long and thin. It is wrapped in non tarnishing gold wire wrap with matching earrings. The chain is simply a gold toned chain that I haven’t cut yet, so you can choose whether you want it 17 inches long or 30 inches long.   Just message me when you order it. The white stone has soft gray veins drifting through. $20
This lovely stone is called Fantasy Stone and polishes to a soft matte. I cut the stone from the actual rock slab and ground and polished it. It measures 1 3/4 inch long and 3/4 of an inch wide at the top and one inch wide at the bottom. The finished pendant is 2 1/2 inches in length. I have wrapped it in high quality silver tone wrapping wire and hung it on an 18 inch long sterling silver chain. The matching earrings have Swarovski crystals in the same hues as the pendant and they are hanging from hypoallergenic ear wires. $20 for the set. One of a kind, hand made.
Fantasy Stone – Picture of the pendant, chain and earrings.

 

Volcano flame…I cut and ground and formed this cab from a slab of rock. Then I polished it and wrapped it in non tarnishing gold tone wire wrap. It has a 14 k gold plated chain that is 18 inches in length and has a toggle closure.  Matching earrings come with it. $20 set
Golden tiger’s eye cab wrapped in gold non tarnishing wire wrap with a beautiful Swarovski crystal hanging in the middle. $20 with matching earrings
Another view of the Golden Tigers Eye. Please note that the earrings shown in this photo have been replaced by the set shown in the picture to the left
Oversized Geode Slice - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches with large chain. $20
This oversized slab of stone was cut from the center of a geode that never fully crystallized.  I wrapped it in non tarnishing silver tone wrap and hung it on a manly chain.     The stone is about 3 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches with large chain. $20
parallelogram
This is a cab of jasper  that I made. I loved the colors in the stone and chose the Parallelogram shape to show it off. The stone is 2 inches tall and 1 inch across at the top and 1 1/2 inches at the bottom. I wrapped it in antique bronze and added a matching chain. The earrings come with the necklace and have hypoallergenic ear wires. $22

 

Golden Triangle - This is a stone I bought already cut and polished. The triangular cab measures 2 inches on each side and finished with the non tarnishing wire wrap it measures about 2 3/4 inches high. I have paired it with bright gold chain that can be cut to any length you would want. $20 with matching earrings.
Golden Triangle – This is a stone I bought already cut and polished. The triangular cab measures 2 inches on each side and finished with the non tarnishing wire wrap it measures about 2 3/4 inches high. I have paired it with bright gold chain that can be cut to any length you would want. $20 with matching earrings.
carnelian
I purchased this lovely stone on Ebay.  It was called Red Carnelian but I am thinking it is Breciated Jasper.  I wrapped it in black with matching earrings made of 4mm and 6mm Swarovski crystals, hypoallergenic ear wires and a little dangle of black chain links at the bottom.. The black open link chain measure 18 inches in length and closes with a magnet closure. Full size 40 x 30 mm cabochon. $20.00 for the set

 

 

desert-sands
Desert Sands wrapped in antique bronze with matching earrings. $20.00 for the set This is a cabochon that I made from a slab of rock. It polished up beautifully. Looking at it closely you can see the different design of wrapping on the actual stone.
Decorative toggle and bolt clasp for easy on and off.
Picture jasper – I purchased this 1 1/2″ diameter round cabochon from a member of the Quartzsite Gem and Mineral Club. The striking stone is wrapped in nontarnishing gold tone wire wrap with a 29 inch gold tone chain that can be shortened on request. The finished pendant measures 2 1/4″ x 1 5/8″. The fun earrings are hypoallergenic. The set sells for $20.00

 

Matching earrings for the Picture jasper pendant with 6mm and 8mm Swarovski crystals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labradorite in Gold – the labradorite is one of the most beautiful stones as it constantly catches the light and reflects it. I wrapped this one in gold toned wrapping wire and put it on an 18 inch gold chain and added some fun triple drop earrings to match. $20.00 for the set

 

Striking gray and pink cabochon wrapped in silver toned non tarnishing wire wrap and hanging on an 18 inch long sterling silver chain that closes with a magnet clasp for easy on and off. The matching earrings are smokey toned Swarovski crystals on a decorative pin.
$18.00 for the set
HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
manmade-firestone
I have had the man made ‘firestone’ cubes for some time now and when I saw the matching beads large enough to wire wrap I bought them and wrapped them in copper colored non tarnishing wire wrap. I added the oversized iridescent peach leaves to create this FUNKY 18 inch necklace. It is strung on 19 strand necklace wire and has matching earrings. Just $15.00
Sea Glass wrapped in nontarnishing silver tone wire wrap. This is a piece of sea glass (actual broken glass, possibly an old coke bottle, that has been tumbled in the ocean and lands back on shore with soft edges!) I found it on the beach in Florida! I have wrapped it simply with cross wraps and twists in order to let it stand on it’s own. Since the glass didn’t cost me anything I can sell this pendant and earrings for less – $14.00 (hanging on a sterling silver chain 18 inches in length
Picasso jasper…I cut and ground and polished this 1 1/2″ x 1′ stone – it is a softer stone and therefore doesn’t polish to a high sheen like many of the others I have made but instead you have a soft matte finish. Can you see the little face in the stone? I call this one Puppy Love because I can see the eyes and snout and mouth of a puppy in it. I have wrapped the stone in the nontarnishing silver tone wire wrap that I like because of its high quality and the finished pendant measures 2 1/2″ long, It hangs on a sterling silver chain 18 inches long and the clasp is a decorative toggle and bolt closure for easy on and off. This necklace sells for $17 as is, or I can make some matching earrings for $3 more….total cost $20.
peach storm
I fell in love with the soft peach and tan and creme colored swirls in this slab of rock. I named it Peach Storm because it seemed to be a swirl of storm!  I picked the shape I wanted to make it, sawed it out of the rock slab, ground it down and shaped and ground and polished and ground and polished some more until I had the completed cabochon.   I wrapped it in antique bronze to bring out the darker colors in the swirls.   $20
Matching Earrings for Peach Storm

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CLEARANCE SALE ITEMS

Golden Sheen Obsidian $10,00 Handwrapped in non tarnishing gold tone wire wrap with an 18 inch gold tone chain
Dragon Veins stone wrapped in gold tone nontarnishing wrapping wire. Gold tone chain with magnet closure $10.00. Handmade, one of a kind.
Striated Jasper – full size 40 x 30mm cabochon wrapped in antique copper toned wrapping wire. 18 inch copper toned chain with magnet closure $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
Tree of Life in Yellow – The last of my Tree of Life Pendants. They were wildly popular and this one is the last one I have left. Shades of Yellow 4mm Swarovski crystals make up the tree – it hangs on an 18 inch long silver chain with a magnet closure. $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
Hand Painted Sparkles – a couple of years ago I got into Vintag painting…that is a method of painting and baking metal to create a new look. I thoroughly enjoyed it until I realized that it was causing tennis elbow!! So I backed off and found other types of jewelry making to enjoy. This is a 3 dimensional pendant with sparkles on the inside of the back – I painted the pinks on the open design on the front of the pendant. It measures about 1 1/4″ in diameter and hangs on a bronze colored chain 18 inches in length. Magnet closure. $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
Gorgeous green agate hand wrapped in nontarnishing wire. The finished pendant measures 2 1/2″ longs and it hangs on a gold tone chain 18 inches long with a magnet closure. $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
Ruffle edged Brazilian Agate – this delicate stone is 1 1/4″ x 3/4″ before the wire wrap. The finished pendant measures almost 2 1/2″ long. $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
Gray Faceted Crystal …experimenting with a crystal bead I ended up with this beautiful pendant wrapped in non tarnishing silver tone wire wrap. It is a smokey and the finished pendant measures 2 inches in length. $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
This is cherry volcano quartz – without any pink showing!!! This beautiful little agate measures less than 2 inches long FINISHED! I wrapped it in a champagne gold…not as bright as a regular gold tone but it creates an elegant pendantl. It hangs on an 18 inch long champagne gold tone chain that closes with a toggle and bolt clasp for easy on and off
$10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!
Green Adventurine full sized 40mm x 30 mm cabochon wrapped in silver tone non tarnishing wire wrap. Finished pendant is 2 3/8″ in length and it hangs on a silver tone chain with a toggle closure. Matching earrings $10.00 HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND!

 

That’s it for now….remember I guarantee my work – you have to be happy with your purchase or you can return it to me and I will reimburse you the full payment price.   I use top quality materials so you can be sure that you are getting your monies worth.

Susan