Friday, January 25, 2008



Tonight I started puttering around in my studio and I found a big fabulous stash of coral and turquoise beads that I bought last year. It was like Christmas morning. One other thing I re-discovered was a 16" strand of drilled rough diamond beads. I used 28 gauge sterling wire and started making little links of the teeniest seed pearls on either side of each diamond. Of course, these diamonds just look like super-sparkly rocks, but I think they are kind of neat.

What's funny is that when I started doing this wrap technique a long time ago, I preferred big wire that was more easily managed, but now I can work micro without even thinking about it. This little strand is about 5" and took about 30 minutes to do. I bought some 22 and 24 gauge 10K gold wire last week, but in the end, that stuff is too dear for crap diamonds. Besides, wire that size wouldn't fit in the teeny holes. When I finish this piece, I'll post it here for you to see.

Ya know, maybe I should be making flies for fishing? Same sorts of techniques...
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If you liked the electronic rock of Underworld, Siouxsie & the Banshees you should check out Dragons. Love them. Some of their churning melodies and swirling guitars evoke Wax&Wane-era Cocteau Twins. Love this band. Listen to all 4 tracks, but I 'specially love "Where is the Love" where the soaring vocals cross over into a plaintive glory so like that of Brendan Perry from Dead Can Dance.)

7 comments:

Christina LMT said...

That's unbelievably tiny!

See, my hands would get all shaky and I'd start sweating if I tried to do something so painstaking as making that jewelry.

Very, very beautiful, crap diamonds or no!

Do you know the band Flyleaf?

DBA Dude said...

Very pretty handiwork there.

The Dragons tracks made a very good soundtrack to my early morning blog rounds - thanks.

Mushy said...

That just looks extremely fragile...how strong is it?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think you hit upon it - you really should branch into fly tying, and then you could come to the fly fishing expo being held here this weekend! See my ulterior motives there?

You must have eagle eyes and catlike reflexes my dear. Going to listen to the tunes now...

Who is..... Carteach0? said...

I have tied flies.....
rather buy them :)

I have also fished with cheaper jewelry as lures... works surprisingly well.

Yours is way too nice to use for that. Should be gracing a beautiful neck.....

Lin said...

I am SOOO envious that your eyes still allow you to work on that small a scale. That is magnificent!

Claudia in Toronto said...

The Dragons: fantastic...We love them. Thanks!

Your work is amazing. Congratulations!