June 17th, 2009
I have been neglecting this blog, I know.
Wedding season has been hard upon me, and I've been doing a lot of work for that. But! I am now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and hope to get my remaining wedding-related commissions done by the end of the week... and then I can focus more intently on the other, trickier but fun, ones.
In a few spare minutes of time, I've been working on a project from one of the jewelery magazines I adore. Sadly, I am often not able to keep "Art Jewelery" and "Jewelery Artist" straight in my mind, except that one of the- I think the latter- used to be "Lapidary Journal." Anyway, I love them both even if I do get them mixed up, and both often have some nifty projects.
The one I'm working on was designed to get people comfy with palladium... except that I already am comfy with Pd, so am mostly interested in the variant of the ways I learned to create a tapered bezel. Therefore, I'm doing it in silver, because I have the materials in silver. It is proving interesting; the bezel-making technique is definitely somewhat trickier than it looked in the description, but that's not unusual. I'm making a textured shank with a tapered bezel that will, I hope, hold a really pretty green sapphire I had sitting around. The sapphire is lovely- it's a spring green, but in some lights has brilliant flashes of orange! and I think it will look stunning in silver (gold would, I think, reduce the contrast of some of its colors).
I also may be getting some raw stock of petrified squid for use in jewelry. This sounds SO nifty! I haven't done much lapidary work for a while, but really interesting stock makes me want to do more- and how cool is petrified squid??? I'm certainly not an expert stonecutter, but we have decent equipment and I've made some nice cabs etc., so I'm confident I can do a credible job of turning the raw stock into really nifty stuff. I'm very excited!
Current Mood: ambitious
will look forward to seeing the new project but... petrified squid? For real? I know petrified wood is fabulous but not so sure about terrified cephalopods!
I think it's very sad that they died in such a way to get petrified... but since it happened millions of years ago, I think it'd be nice to make something nifty and beloved out of the results.
I'd not have thought enough of them was left to be positively identified enough to say "this is squid,"..
They're sort of bullet-shaped items with textured innards.
I do not pretend to know much about fossils. :)
Fascinating.. I should have googled last night, see what you mean now, wasn't thinking of "specificaly shaped items scattered over Wyoming", not sure what I Was htinking mind. COol, either way :)
Jewelry Artist was Lapidary Journal. I know their focus has changed, but I wish they hadn't changed the name completely. Jewelry and Lapidary Journal would have worked.
Petrified squid?! huh. I did buy a ring cast from a real octopus tentacle, but have not seen any petrified cephalopods. (octopusme on etsy, if you're curious). Neato.
When I think about it, I can usually figure it out. But- in general, I get 'em confused, especially since I do love both mags.
In general, though, Lap-Journal-as-was has more of the more ambitious projects I go for, though the other has really excellent informative articles.
May I ask where on earth one buys petrified squid?