Sunday, March 16, 2008

I made some earrings!

Smokey Quartz Earrings

That's about 34 carats worth of smoky quartz there in that pair of earrings. This was part of my first sets of experimentation with trapping stones using peyote stitch and I've learned some interesting things from it:

  • It is definitely important to make sure that the initial peyote stitch ring is as big as or a bead or two bigger than the part you want it around.

  • In the case of cut stones that are not factory made, you can't assume that the initial peyote stitch count for one will be the same for the other. In this case, I strung on 44 beads for one and ended up having to string up 46 for the other.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this. I have some white quartz that are a little smaller that I want to make into earrings as well. I do plan on putting these up on etsy at some point.


Svetlana said...

Wow, those are gorgeous, Judy!

Patricia said...

I love them! Very nice!