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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Safari Jasper and Friends
I have made a necklace and bracelet set using nuggets of safari jasper with goldstone and deep blue beads. These colors all work nicely together, and end with a decorative pewter toggle clasp.
I know some designers like to make a piece either ALL gemstone, ALL glass, or ALL acrylic, but I tend to mix it up a bit. I'm looking at the colors, shapes, and textures really. Another important factor is the actual weight. I want the piece to be practical to wear, and sometimes a strand of nothing but huge chunky gemstones can be quite heavy. I always use high quality beading wire with good strength and size, but I never want to stress the wire so completely that I cannot be sure it will stand up over multiple wearings for my customers.