Wow. Just wow. This is not a fossil – rather it is an ancient imprint of the place where an ammonite shell once rested. A fossil footprint, so to speak. The imprints became impregnated with pyrite (hence the term pyritized), giving us a gleaming metallic impression of where a shell once sat in the mud. Wouldn’t you like to have one of these one-of-a-kind items?
Now THAT is something different.
Also, stunningly different.
This amazing Specular Hematite cabochon. You might have to see this in person to see the wow factor. This one takes my breath away, not in a dazzling, blingy shine-like-a-diamond or intense colour kind of way, but in an oh-my-gawd I’ve never seen anything like that before! Like crystalized spun metal. Also known as specularite. Check out the close up photo to see what I mean.
In the light of these stunning items – well, it’s hard to give some love to these poor little one of a kind Labradorite Cabochons. (sniff)
Or this equally awesome Deschutes Jasper
There is some wonderful new stuff this week, but those Pyritized Ammonite Negatives – they are upstaging everyone. 😉
Christmas is coming.
Remember these earrings?
You make them by unfolding these:
These hollow filigree beads can be gently unfolded to create lovely crystal-set snowflakes.
Kelly Garland wrote these instructions for them:
“I happened upon this holiday idea by accident and couldn’t help but take advantage of it!! It just so happens the stunning Swarovski Filigree Beads are hollow in construction and when you open the bead, it transforms into a stunning Swarovski snowflake earring. This does take a gentle hand but the results are fantastic.”
Gently open the bead and use your fingers to straighten out the snowflake arms. Use your flat nose pliers to gently straighten the tips. One has a hole that will be used for attaching the findings.
Some of those wee little stones may have fallen out by now as a result of moving the metal frame of bead. No worries!! Line up any gems that have fallen out and count them, making sure you have all the missing gems.
For the missing stones you’ll need to add a small drop of glue to the inside of each empty cup. The G-S Hypo-tube Cement is excellent for this – the needle-like tube gives you great control in application, and the refractive index is the same as glass.
Then drop your stone in using a Crystal Katana or some bees wax on a toothpick. For stones that are still in place, but might be less firmly connected than you like, make a small pool of glue on a plastic bag (cuz you have hundreds of them from the beads you have bought! 😉 ) or foil. Using a needle or head pin or your Glue Looper!, pick up a small droplet of glue and run it along the side of the bezel cup. It will run around the entire cup and stone on it’s own, securing it. Let sit until the glue is cured.
Attach directly to some earwires, or use a few jumprings or some short chain to make them swing-ier, and you have some lovely snowflake earrings that will wow anyone when you say, “Yes, I made them.”
Speaking of Glue Loopers, these precision glue applicators make a fabulous stocking stuffer for the folks in your life that are into making stuff, but not necessarily beady stuff. Model trains, dioramas, model cars, miniatures – anyone who needs to place adhesives or resin with precision and without mess!
Other Festive seasonal earring ideas? Check out our Holiday Earring Kits.
Oh, and don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 500 specially selected items on sale – with savings 50-80% off! !!!!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!