Thursday, April 3, 2008

New Jewelry...

Since I haven't posted any photos yet, I thought I would remedy that by showing  this new cross pendant/necklace I created a couple weeks ago.  It is definitely a new style for me and was a bit of a challenge. 

The base structure of the cross is hand-wrought 18g sterling wire, which was connected by coiling fine-gauge sterling wire (I think this was 28g) and attaching little Celtic spirals within the arms.  My coiling is definitely improving, although still not as neat as it could be.  I then added the gray-striated agate disk and surrounded it with tiny faceted rock crystal quartz.  To make the cross a bit more ornate, I added more crystal quartz and Thai Hill Tribe silver beads to the ends of each arm.

The cross was done completely and I was just going to offer it as a pendant, but since I had more of the agate and crystal quartz, I made the decision to create a necklace for it.  Finished with a sterling lobster clasp and an extension chain, the necklace is adjustable between 16 and 18 inches.

Another first for me...I oxidized it with liver of sulfur!  I have been so scared of doing it in the past, but it really was easy and I think brings the design to a whole different dimension.  I wish I had taken before photos. 

crusades cross necklace

crusades cross necklace 2

1 comment:

  1. This is just lovely! It turned out great!


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