I spent today finishing some stone set projects that have sat on my work desk for too long. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has unfinished projects waiting patiently for their time in the sun to come back round again, but I expect that I have more than my far share as I keep leaving things halfdone for teaching examples. The pendants here were both examples for the stone-set pendant workshop earlier this year.
I managed to get the pendants finished just in time for lunch! The gorgeous aqua blue chalcedony teardrop simply glows in the light, and I decorated it with silver discs cut from scrap silver. The washed denim blue quartz square has lots of ‘bubbles’ of silver, melted from scrap silver – that one took a lot of soldering but was fun to make! In case you haven’t guessed, both pendants were examples of how you can use scrap silver to decorate around the stone. The quartz is fragments bound in copper mixed with resin – not the usual type of stone that I buy but I just loved the contrast in colours.
I used a new tip I picked up from Jessica Monaghan’s instagram feed to clean up the chains for the pendants – her username is @silent.g.designs, and her jewellery is beautiful! She used a scrubbing pad wrapped around her bench peg to remove some of the dark patina from the outside of her chains, followed by a polishing cloth. I didn’t have a scrubbing pad handy so I taped a fine sanding pad in place instead – and it works brilliantly!
The pendants were joined by three lovely pairs of earrings by the time I had to leave to pick my boys up from school. If you’re quick you can head over to my Facebook page and see if there are any of today’s newly-finished pieces left with 10% off – once I’ve edited the photos and put them on my website they’ll be up to full price!