Monday, October 8, 2012

Agate, My Dear Watson...


Yes, the stone is agate.  I researched it:

It is one of the oldest stones and is said to attract strength and ward off storms. It is supposed to be good for the gums and for curing stomach upsets. Apparently everyone should carry one of these for protection.

Well, this stone did not protect my hands one bit as I tatted the edging.  My fingers are a mess - very sore from tightening the silk around the pearl beads.

Tatting over metal this big - (over 3 3/4 inches long) is not easy because I had to accommodate that immovable bar. The Zwicky silk I used did not add to the ease of the process, but it was the perfect colour. Figures. I have a box full of different colours and that one little spool of silk was the ONLY colour that worked with the pendant.

The pendant - picked up, again be chance - in a store I never frequent, but thought I'd have a look, just in case.

I have turned into a regular Tatting Sherlock, it seems, lurking around old shops, yard sales, antique shops and anything that looks remotely interesting as far as unusual or vintage jewellery is concerned, prowling for a bargain and a unique piece of something or other!


This photo is not the best as I noticed the stitches need to be straightened - but I could not wait till I had taken another pic to post it.

Interesting thing about this agate is that it changes colour according to the light - sometimes it looks green and in brighter light the blue is more prominent.

29 comments:

  1. Very pretty, well worth the sore fingers! Happy hunting, you're finding some wonderful things. How is your toe?

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    1. Jane - thanks for asking about my poor toe!

      It continues to mend as it does wonders for my tatting; I have had to curtail my running and walking a little bit, thus I am exercising my digits instead.
      Fox : )

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  2. lovely piece! you are indeed becoming a sherlock in finding these interesting centrepieces!

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  3. Hi Fox

    Lovely and beautiful colour, you ha e done a beautiful job with it, I think when I get out and about I must get into the antique shops and junk shops to see what I can find.
    Love to Gian
    Margaret

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  4. I do love agate! Perhaps I should haunt some shops on my day off today... nah... I'll leave it to you... you're doing such a wonderful job!

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence, Diane! I do like hunting through the shops for finds like this!
      Fox ; )

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  5. The stone could be labradorite. Lovely pendant. Love the touch of pearls

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    1. I think it is simple agate - labradorite would have been more costly and I think I would have recognized it - I like it a lot! Good thought though! Glaf you lie the pearls. They sure are tough to secure!
      Fox : )

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  6. Very unique and beautiful...love what you are doing with these!

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    1. Thanks for checking, Sue. Glad you like it.
      Fox : )

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  8. At first glance, I thought the larger pearls were already on the piece! You have an eye for design, and I continue to admire those wrapped stitches. Also you must be using two shuttles to do those 'thrown off' rings (and adding tiny beads!), plus using silk thread! They say artists suffer for their work, but the results are spectacular here! A beautiful piece!

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    1. Hi, Kathy,
      Thank you very much!
      One shuttle only for those rings. And those pearl beads - murder to get on to the piece, but worth it. Glad you liked it.
      Fox : )

      p.s. I looked all over the Internet for more info on Angeline's hubby - not much there other than the yearly award given in hi name... Thanks for the info on the last post.

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  9. This is absolutely beautiful! You are getting sooooo artful at design, and really are an artist :) very pretty :X

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    1. Thanks, Bree - lovely words to read. Hope they are true!
      Fox : )

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  10. Well that is amazing, and I see that it's already been sold in your Etsy shop! I feel very fortunate to have been able to purchase one of your up-cycled jewelry pieces -- yes, I did wear it out to dinner on my birthday and I received many compliments on it. :)

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  11. Jane,
    Thank you, thank you for writing that! I am so pleased! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
    Fox : )

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  12. That is absolutely one of the most drop dead gorgeous pieces I have ever seen. It brought tears to my eyes by its beauty. You are most definately making wonderful progress with wrapping pieces. *applause*

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  13. Beautiful work!!!! Why cann`t I find great things like that around here!!
    Kelly

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  14. My goodness! * Blushing*

    Thanks you for all your generous and kind comments. They are important to me.
    Fox : )

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  15. Thanks you so much, your work inspires me!

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  16. Thanks for the visit, Anonymous!
    Fox : )

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  17. Your work with these pendants and brooches has inspired me for a Christmas gift for my mom! I've been working with doodads a lot, as you know, but it simply hadn't occured to me to add tatting to a piece of "finished" jewelry! Since seeing your work, I've ordered a cameo brooch/ pendant with a little bit of filigree from Etsy, and I can't wait till it gets here!

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