Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beryl and Beads

Branching out from the traditional this project combines lapidary, wire wrapping and beadwork.  Another artisan suggested to me that I should add some beads to some of my wraps.  This was a novel idea for me.  In this project, an aquamarine cabochon of about 43 carats is wrapped in Sterling silver 20 gauge wire, and then some beads are added to the ends of the wires to accent the coloring of the cabochon.  The process of wrapping was also changed slightly.  Instead of bending three wires up and around the cabochon, I used six wires, three to a side.  These new ideas are making my muse expand.  Enjoy:

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