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While I was in Inverness recently I got out my beading box for the first time since before last Xmas. I felt pretty out of practice with the pliers (and had forgotten to bring two pairs of chain nose pliers, which makes things a lot easier) but over the course of a day I got back into the swing of it and made a necklace and two pendants.


Here they are:



The necklace is made out of colored wire of various gauges and something called "Pineapple Quartz" which is no doubt really glass. It's milky with a very slight hint of yellow (you can't see the yellow on the blue background) and furnace glass. It also includes three lampworked beads that I got via elisem's Beads of the Month program. The beads were labeled "Mo Beads" or maybe it was "Moe Beads." Here are some not very good pix of them:





This pendant uses more of the colored wire and furnace glass, and a piece of abalone:



This pendant includes chips from three different strands - clear quartz, fluorite, and turquoise or howlite or jade, not sure which. It also includes a Green Girl Studios "octoball" made out of silver, also acquired from elisem. The chip hedgehog is attached to some silver chain I had lying around and I made the visible chain from silver coated copper wire. I am inordinately proud of this pendant.





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starcat_jewel
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Pretty! Which is the mystery stone -- the light green, the aqua, or the darkish blue? I might be able to take a guess, although nothing on there looks like howlite (even dyed) to me.
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
all three actually. and you're right it's not howlite, now that i have the strand in front of me.
beaq
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
La on them.
kightp
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
All lovely, but I especially like the necklace. It reminds me of what I see labeled as "sea glass" - originally fragments of broken bottles, etc., washed up on beaches after having been tumbled around by the sea, now mostly manufactured in a tumbler. In any event, the irregular polygons make an unusual and fetching necklace.

Lucky you to have had that three-day retreat ...
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I try to take a retreat every year...they are very soul nourishing.
pir_anha
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
can't be howlite -- that's not transparent. neither is turquoise. jade, not that much either. it might be simply blue glass.

whatever it is, it's pretty! and the octoball is cute.
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's likely. Thanks! It really is cute.
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firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm curious what you see as the difference between mine and hers, if it can be put into words.
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firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
dandelion_diva
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous pieces. Well done. :)

Gessi
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
angeyja
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
hedgehog
I am not usually much of a hedgehog person but I like, a lot, the way the colors are working through this one.

The curled up beads are very cool. I had a dragon arrive and was carrying it around for a couple of weeks before I sent it on.
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: hedgehog
Thanks! I have a dragon one too. Maybe I'll make it a hedgehog out of fire-colored chips.
caprine
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Delightful! I particularly like the mo bead with the rosy bumps on it.
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Me too. I never used to like those bumpy lampworked beads until I tried to make one and discovered how hard they are to make (well, they're easy to make, but they're VERY hard to make WELL).
epi_lj
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Very, very pretty!
firecat
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks!
submarine_bells
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
What pretties! Those pendants are particularly nifty. Go you!
firecat
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
jinian
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Really nice work.
firecat
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks!
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