|Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 17, 2016 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
FIrst I want to "WOW" you with the final product of this creation. It was ordered by one of my return customers as a present for her mother!
This design is so fun to make! I've done two for this lady so far, one Aventurine power piece and one that was made in honor of her love for the show Sailor Moon. I would post pictures of those here as well, however my computer is currently being worked on and I don't have the tiles available at the moment. At a later date I will. I can't half-ass this; I need to show you the large, full quality image.
I ordered a piece of Tanzanite that turned out to be WAY larger than I had intended. I communicated with my customer and we decided to cut it down to a smaller size that her mother would like. I broke out my lapidary skills, and first I split the piece (Top Left.) Both chunks were still a little large, so I picked the niecest/cleanest one and started chipping pieces off with a hammer (Top Right.) I continued as directed by my customer until I arrived at the final piece in the bottom picture!
The next step was wirewrapping the Tanzanite, which I did very delicately. The texture is much like glass, so I had to take care with the wire to make sure I wasn't chipping the edges as I went. I did also sand down some of the sharper parts for safety reasons.
After that I started on the chain! I start with only wire to make the connectors and build the chain from scratch. It takes a lot of time and attention, but after the first few I get in a groove. I measure along the entire way to make sure the bracelet is the length requested by the customer. These particular beads are genuine Blue Sapphire.
After the chain is made, I added the tulip charms requested by the customer. I used open link connecting loops and place them in specific areas to complete the design. The following picture is the almost completed piece. I ended up added another set of tulips closer to the Tanzanite, simply because it looked much more concise that way. I created the clasp loop by hand out of wire, and then after the whole design was made I used small amounts (tiny dots) of strong glue in precise areas to better hold the handmade chain over time. On wirewraps I don't usually use any glue, but at specific times when I feel it is necessary or someone asks I am not opposed to doing so.
You can scroll back up to the top of this entry to remind yourself of the finished product! This style of design is available as a custom order, if you are interested please feel free to contact me through the website or Etsy store.
For those who would like more information on these stones, here are the metaphyscial properties I have researched:
~Exploration of psychic powers
~Considered a “Stone of magic”
~Opens third eye and prevents inner knowing from becoming too overwhelming
~Useful for interpreting emotional experiences
~Strengthen immune system and strengthen vitality
~Energy of happiness and relief from worry
~Allows one to more easily speak heart’s true
~Most effective for linking Heart to Third Eye chakra
~Heightens spiritual growth
~A protective crystal
~Aid for those seeking spiritual truth
~Assists one with self-discipline
~Love, commitment, and fidelity; traditionally popular for wedding rings
~Symbolizes wise and honest leadership
~Soothes insomnia, releases depression, and leads to feelings of lightness
~Brings calm and focus to the mind
~A good stone for those influenced by the opinions of others and helps one to be secure in their own opinions
~Helps one reach a better understanding of themselves and their intentions
~Useful in encouraging one to follow their dreams
Thank you for tuning in and joining me for this process! Please feel free to leave comments or questions below.
|Posted by elenahuerta10 on January 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
You pick the colors
Please visit the https://www.etsy.com/listing/120546948/custom-recycled-glass-mobile-decoration" target="_blank">Etsy Listing to order!!