My friends are enjoying their mother-daughter pendants so much that I got to work on two more birthstone projects. The first was a pendant based on a collar I made a while back. The collar has been dibbed, so I made the closest replica the wire would allow.
Not all the traditional birth stones were available in beaded (stringable) form, so I had to consult a gem bible for alternatives, which made for a fun scavenger hunt at Dave’s Down To Earth Rock Shop.
Once I gathered the stones I looked up their meanings, which come as a printout with each piece.
I strung them onto wire and placed them in the pendant.
I almost wanted to keep it for myself.
The next project was a bangle for a grandmother, also based on a bangle I had created before, with 15 family members represented.
I don’t have a proper mandrel yet, so I use what is on hand.
I learned that circumference measurements can be misleading, as the bracelet barely fit over my knuckles.
So we consulted back and forth on the best measurement and I went with another bangle’s circumference for comfort.
Getting the stones spaced out right with the right amount of wire took a few tries.
Off they went to their new happy owners.
It was a joy to create these two pieces, and I am looking forward to creating a beaded bangle for myself in the future.
The energy and healing power of stones and crystals fascinates me, and I like the idea that these pieces radiate some of that earthy energy to their owners and their tribe.
Are there stones that call to you?