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Dan's Picasso


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Okay, so this necklace, given the barrels make it impossible to coil up and my camera doesn't like to focus (ever), is *very* difficult to photograph! I bought these Picasso jasper barrels for my buddy Dan's Christmas present, and I wasn't sure just what they would look like. What I got were some incredible colors and patterns, far from the bizarre ugliness I thought might occur. I accented with antique copper rounds. Haven't gotten the clasp yet. Ironically, the best photos I got where during the stringing process, which I posted to my blog to let friends see the variety.

Components:

Picasso Jasper, antique copper

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  1. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Beautiful colors!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love the stones!

  3. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    Love Picasso jasper. And the design really shows off the beads.

  4. 3peepers
    3peepers says:

    Picasso jasper is just gorgeous! Great way to showcase the jasper! :D

  5. franny
    franny says:

    gorgeous colours in your necklace….disappointingly all the barrels in my strand were dull greyish green, & i don’t know how to enliven it….i select brightly dyed agate now!

  6. franny
    franny says:

    oops!…mine was Red Creek Jasper but so similar…& i’ve just noticed how well the antique copper looks with the grey/green…think i’ll try that, thanks!

  7. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    @ Franny: antique copper sometimes livens up duller colors without taking away from their uniqueness. I’ve found that to be the case several times.

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    P Law says:

    That’s a lovely strand of Picasso Jasper. Thank you – you have encouraged me to go ahead and use my Picasso. Please don’t do what I did – I put lots of strands of Picasso into a tumbler to make them shiny – mistake. It made them worse. Now I will just enjoy them as they are and will add shiny copper or other metals. They do have lovely patterns don’t they?

  9. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    @ P Law: The two strands I got (Dan has a bit of a bull neck, so a single 16″ strand plus copper rounds isn’t big enough, I have to use about a strand and 1/4 to 1/2) were very well polished; think I got lucky in that regard. That also made them hard to photograph! I used to actually cut and shape and polish my own stones for jewelry, and we had something called a rouge wheel that you put them to after all the grinding and stuff to put the shine in them. You rubbed them with a waxy crayon-ish stuff (a dull red like dried blood) and then put them to the buffer. Also discovered the wheel would polish your fingernails if you had a particularly small stone you were rouging… I don’t know if they sell polishing kits with rouge or if there’s something similar you could look into if you want to get them polished again. Good luck! Shiny copper sounds like a clever way to go, too.

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