Inspiration Monday: The Origin of Life

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The Origin of Life
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
shipment of Blue Green Quartz – well – sorry – but I can’t hear the
phrase “blue-green” without thinking of “Blue Green Algae” or
Cyanobacteria – the bacteria that started photosynthesizing and churning
out oxygen as a by-product – thus changing the planet’s atmosphere from
largely carbon-dioxide to one with enough oxygen for a whole new
biodiversity to evolve. It may be bacteria (ick) but – yay – oxygen =
eventually – US! So hooray for blue green algae – we wouldn’t be where
we are today without you.

Course, if you don’t live and die by
National Geographic specials the way I do – all of this may seem pretty
esoteric to you. Downright geeky, in fact. So you’ll just have to enjoy
the aesthetics of this blue green translucent quartz (with some beige
and brown thrown in for good measure) on it’s own merit.

This is
a very organic necklace – in that it grew – rather than having a
specific design. I intended to made a multi-strand necklace –
alternating the tumbled nuggets and the rice shapes – but I ran out of
the rice shapes, and just carried on. You may want to plan your necklace
more carefully, (for instance – the two strands are exactly the same
length – can’t do that if I try – but noooo – happens by accident), or
you can duplicate this exactly (well – every strand is a little
different – so not exactly!), or you can make your own, organic, “happy
accident of design.”

1. To string, I took about 65 inches (about
165 cm), and looped it over the jump ring on the clasp, and secured
with a crimp. I strung a tumbled nugget, alternating with a rice shape,
each separated by a triangle accent bead. After 13 stone beads (not
counting accent beads), I added a faceted hex bead. I carried on the
same way, nugget/rice, for a total length of 26 inches (66 cm).
2. I
added a crimp, added the jumpring from the other side of the clasp, and
back through the crimp, and crimped it to secure it. To avoid a big
clump of beads on the back of my neck, I threaded back through two stone
beads, and then added TWO accent beads, and then started adding stone
beads/accent beads. I was just about out of the rice beads, so the
second strand is mostly all tumbled nuggets, with the exception of 2 of
the faceted hex beads, at about 14 inches (35.5 cm) from the end (2nd
end). I then carried on to almost the end,
3. and ran the beading
wire up through the last 3 stone beads, secured it with a crimp on the
first jump ring (which was tricky – because you don’t have a lot of
space at that point), and then tucked the end back down into the stone
beads again, and trimmed it where it poked out.

So it is all strung on one piece of softflex, left to right and back to left again.

these S hook clasps, you need to gently open one hook a little so that
you can slide the jumpring on and off easily. They come closed up so
that they (hopefully) don’t lose their jumprings on their way to you!

gold and the green are a particularly nice colour combo – and the flat
surface of the triangle beads reflects light and makes a nice sparkle,
without being overly glitzy.




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