Friday, May 3, 2013

Who Loves Color??

It's a bold, beautiful, colorful spring for Blue Piranha:

I have been wanting to work with some of the beautiful larimar stones I've collected, and finally got a chance to last week. Larimar is a gorgeous sky blue stone found only in the Caribbean, which is where I was first introduced to it, on my honeymoon back in 2000. While considered reasonably priced on the islands (or at least it was when I was there; I think I paid $38 for a pair of Larimar earrings), it's a somewhat expensive export.

I never used it when I was working with beads, because it was quite pricey compared to other colored stone beads. And I have to have an open mind about buying it, because sometimes there's not much available and it's on the expensive side...and then sometimes I can catch a good price on it. But not often. So I usually have a small stock on hand, because I like to have at least one Larimar design available for art shows. It's always a conversation piece.
I've also been working with a little more turquoise:

All of these pieces are using the dot-and-line designs I'm playing around with. I'm liking the asymmetry of some of these pieces; it's fun to work out balanced designs for these pieces that aren't symmetrical. And I'm thinking of maybe wholesaling these in the future, assuming I can get access to stones that will work for a small wholesale line. It's tough to wholesale with colored stones, because they're almost all one of a a kind and so stores can't just reorder the same item if it sells...but if I can develop a "look" with the metal work and the colorful stones, I think it might work on a small scale. 

Here's the other pair of earrings I made last week:

I love the bigger size of these stones and the mixed elements on top. It took some time to get a balanced design with the jump ring not being exactly centered, but the final result was worth the effort.  :)


  1. i love Flowing Waters Pendant its just awesome... and the colour tooooo....