At my latest trip to the gem show, I was thrilled to find opal beads! I've always admired opals, but the beads had been elusive on my hunts. This time, I found a few strands, and at very reasonable prices.
My only problem was that very few of them fit onto head pins to make into jewelry. I think they were meant for stringing, and that isn't in my set of skills.
These tiny beads could be a reason to learn how, though.
The handful that fit onto the pins were immediately turned into a necklace for myself, along with moonstone, pearl, beryl, and rose quartz. All of my favorite pale shades of pink and cream, with a hint of fire and opalescence were gathered together to make this piece to wear on my beach vacation next week.
I also made a bracelet for myself, all in white, cream, and clear. There were Herkimer Diamonds at the gem show, and at first, I made up a bracelet full of them. Then, realized that those guys are SHARP. So, I remade it, with just a couple of dangles with those stones. I'll have to come up with a design for a necklace with some, because I'd like to use more of them.
While my tools were out, I turned some Herkimers into earrings for a friend's April birthday. And Kyanite with labradorites for Kia, and just laboradites for Avahni. I'm taking those two teens on a cruise for my birthday, along with the two littlest grandfairies and wanted them to have some beachy colored jewels to wear.
Plus, kyanites for Kia!!?? Of course.