Guacamole is So Much More Appetizing
I had a feeling this was going to happen. While I like the whole Ketchup on Steak Collection concept and idea, the image isn’t exactly one that makes you want to buy jewelry. Especially when the jewelry is green. But, the name did get me over the hump of being reluctant to go forward with this collection.
I should have stuck with my original plan and waited it out until I got deeper into the collection before I named it.
This Silver and Mosaic Turquoise Ring Did it For Me
I liked the sketch, and idea of this ring, but I had no idea how much I would like it until I saw it finished. I mean, look at that band!!! It’s a mosaic of tiny little sterling silver bits that have been hand-stamped with dots.
To be honest, I was skeptical because I’m not very fond of working with stones with squared corners. In fact, in my recent Tucson shopping spree I chose mostly stones that were rounded for that reason. But, a few did sneak in.
I guess I should know to never say never.
To say that I am loving the pieces that are coming out of this collection is an understatement. You know I had to do an eye, or two. I didn’t use texture as much in the last collection and I missed it. So, texture is back in full force…it just adds so much more, don’t you think?
I have a few smaller pairs of stones that I’d planned to use for earrings in the collection but as I started to show sneak peeks of finished pieces on my Instagram, I quickly realized that I needed more. Having spent my budget in Tucson, buying additional stones was out fo the question.
So, I put on my thinking cap and got out my lapidary saw and grinding equipment.
One Pair Becomes Two Pair
I took this pair of oval cabochons, cut them in half, then beveled and polished the edge to form two pair that worked perfectly as earrings. I had another Holy Guacamole! moment.
They look substantial, but they’re still lightweight. And I was able to include matching mosaic and hand-ribbed elements without getting too big.
I’m still looking at these in disbelief that I made them.