Monday, 19 January 2009

Labradorite addict

I have always had a "bit of a thing" for Labradorite, going back to when I used to work for a gemstone supplier and a commission came in for a piece to be specially cut and this dullish grey rock turned into a gorgeous cab with flashes of stunning blues and greens. As I havent been able to lampwork recently I have been making use of my time playing with my rolling mill textures and what better excuse to pair up the silver with some labradorite.

My first attempt despite looking right in my head I wasn't entirely pleased with, something just wasnt right about the damask disc, it wasnt doing any justice to the labradorite and this is a gorgeous piece, it has so much colour with blues and greens and even some gold.

So i did what I usually do in these situations, I "lived with it" for a few days, that is it sat on the window sil beside me, catching my eye every now and then, just reminding me of its existance. Then I started to play with the piece of labradorite below, this is a stunner with gorgeous greens and golds and this one knew what it wanted, and just came together perfectly.

..and from that I decided to try the damask with a long piece of silver instead of a disc, I think it works beautifully, what do you think ? -

Am I the one person who does this, makes something and then lives with it and re-jig's it until it is "right" ?


Jenn said...

I totally do the same thing. I'll even "get bored" of the thing not looking like it looked in my head and put it in a drawer for a few months. Then, when I re-discover the "treasure" I either love it or re-do it.

Becky said...

Oooo I like the idea of finding forgotten treasure round the house :))

BeadyPool said...

You're not alone. I usually have about 5 or more projects on the back burner so to speak. If they don't gel they can sit there for months and just comes together. Very nice when that happens:)
Gorgeous pendants, I esp love the leaf design.

Hearts of Glass said...

I love them all, and I'm really impressed with the rolling mill textures. How did you make your Damask texture plate? Acid etching, sandblasting, electro-etching? Either way, it's gorgeous!

Becky said...

Thank you, I made them with brass texture plates, so I drew patterns onto the brass and used ferric chloride to etch the brass :)