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First Impression

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

You never get a second chance to make a first impression - and Impression Jasper impressed the heck out of me, the first time I saw it. I haven't read anything that says it is for sure colour enhanced, but I don't believe for a moment that the colours are that intense when it comes out of the ground. If they were - it would be 10 times the price!

The rich colours and the abstract trails really do it for me - so when I saw these cabochons - I knew I had to do something with it!

A bail is glued onto the cabochon for hanging. I've also been using the bail-making pliers for the wrapped loops - I'm definitely liking them for consistent sized loops.

I thought about putting a few beads under where the bail would sit - and decided not to. Then I discovered that the spacing wouldn't stay nice, so I went back and slipped a crimp cover over the gap, under the bail - to keep the side beads from riding into the space.

I really like the way this turned out - sort of a cross between the Native American Squash Blossom Turquoise necklaces and Egyptian funerary jewelry.  ;-)

          
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23440005 Findings - Clasps - 12 mm Lobster Claw - Hamilton Gold (Goldplated)Price: $ 0.35
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Qty: 4 96096052 Findings - Crimps - 2 mm Crimp Tubes - Gold-filled (25)Price: $ 6.36
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helcbc040gf Findings - Crimps - 4 mm Crimp Covers - Gold-filled (10)

(Under bail to keep spacing correct.)

Price: $ 8.30
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23610904 Findings - Earring - Fishhooks - Simple - Goldtone (Pair)Price: $ 0.30
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22601082 Findings - Headpins - 2.5 inch Heavy Gauge - Goldplated (100)

(8 dangles + 2 earrings.)

Price: $ 7.65
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Qty: 10 22801040 Findings - Jumprings - 7 mm Open Round - Goldplated (100)

(Attach clasp and make short chain to attach clasp to.)

Price: $ 3.55
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Qty: 1 s13527 Metal Bail - Glue on Cabochon Bail - Large Leaf Shape - GoldplatedPrice: $ 2.45
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28811832 Metal Beads - 4 mm Round - Goldtone (100)

(I used on earrings - but the 4 mm Turq. bicones would work too - and save buying a pack of these for 2 beads.)

Price: $ 3.80
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s24751 Metal Beads - 7 x 12 mm Brushed Oat - Gold Plated (1)Price: $ 0.22
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961ext01930gld Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30 ft .019 (Medium) - Extreme 24k Gold (Spool)

(Overall length is 20 inches and 18 inches. I was glad I used the expensive gold wire when I found I didn't have the tension perfect and some wire was left exposed. It looks deliberate this way.)

Price: $ 54.74
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s26873 Stone Beads - 8 mm Coin - Turquoise Impression Jasper (strand)

(from 2 full strands, I think I had 1 or 2 left over.)

Price: $ 9.60
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Qty: 1 s26875 Stone Cabochon - Large Random - Turquoise Impression Jasper (1)Price: $ 6.15
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Qty: 28 27753011333267 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Bicone (5301) - Turquoise (36)Price: $ 5.67
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s24375 Tools - Adhesive - 25 ml Devcon Epoxy - 2-TonPrice: $ 6.10
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s26243 Tools - Small Bail Making Pliers - WubbersPrice: $ 33.62
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