Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Working with Stones

Working with stones is like working with miniature sculptures! Interesting forms in different colors and shapes - stone beads add another dimension to the creative process. When I'm working with stones, I think there is nothing better - of course, I think that when I'm working with glass, too. But many forms that are available in stones would be difficult to create in glass, and each substance has its own qualities. One thing everyone should know about stone beads: almost all stones are treated to enhance or add color.

This is moakite in several different forms, including a big wavy coin as a centerpiece, round pillows, and nuggets, with red jasper chips to set off moakite beads.

 The big disks are called green web agate, for obvious reasons, and they are interspersed with free-form chunks of carnelian. Quartz rondelles separate the beads. Very autumn!

 I don't often mix stones and glass, but these vintage blue pressed glass beads looked good with the dark blue sodalite. This necklace uses little copper round beads as separators. Dress up or dress down - a good match for a suit or a pair of jeans.
And here is a multi-stone necklace, with V-form beads in rose quartz, red aventurine, amazonite, and dumortierite. This one looks really good with a turtleneck sweater in any  number of soft colors!!


  1. Judy,
    you know I like the blue very much but the moakite is my favourite.
    I think I may have the prototype necklace??

  2. Judy, I like the green web agate with the carnelian. This is a beautiful combination. All are lovely! ~ Sarah

  3. Judy,
    Very interesting to see the arrowhead necklace in cool blues with a hint of orange, since mine is all earthtomes! All are beautiful, of course. Perhaps I need a necklace for my new grey power suit?