*To read the beginning of this project, scroll down to Sept. 8th entry.
I've done a little work on my statement piece. And the planning of other strands is coming together. Here is the first strand ... actually a double strand.
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I realized I have a few reducing connectors, that will reduce 4 strands down to 1. I'm going to use 2 reducers on each side of the necklace to reduce 8 strands down to 2, then connect those 2 strands to a 2-strand toggle. Here's the reducing connectors
And the toggle, which I bought yesterday at the Gem Show
The next strand I'm going to work on will be the very bottom strand, and will consist of these beautiful Nacozari Turquoise flat tear drop beads. I'm not sure what to use between these beads yet. I bought some heishi turquoise yesterday, also from the Nacozari mine that would be beautiful. Or I have plenty of silver to choose from.
And just to tease all you jewelry makers, here's some of the silver I bought yesterday. This is all from Kalpataru Beads, one of my favorite vendors at the Tucson Gem Show. He'll be back at the BIG Gem Show in Feb.
While I was buying a little bit of turquoise, Ray took this picture of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise nuggets at the booth of Turquoise Jewelry Mfg of Albuquerque. I couldn't afford these gorgeous strands. Isn't it beautiful !!!