I dusted the cobwebs off the Genie and the trim saw yesterday and became inspired all over again - reminded of how much fun it is to take a little nugget of red rock and coax a lovely little polished cabochon out of it. It is indescribably rewarding to make a piece of jewelry that I have taken from rough rock through to the finished product, set it and admire it. Better yet, have others admire it.
This time, my friend Lisa sent me two little nuggets of Lake Superior Agate that her niece had found on her visit to Lisa's home in Minnesota this summer. She wanted them set as a keepsake to remind her of her trip.
I sliced, polished and set the first one completely in copper and I must say - I really like the way this bracelet turned out. From beginning to end, completely handmade. I made the bezel strip from 26ga sheet copper flashing and the raised edge from copper wire left from an electrical project in my drafting room and a length of copper wire chain. A little carnelian dangles from the end where the hook holds it all together.
I am well pleased with myself.