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“Imitation of Greatness”

Description from EPBCornell: Inspired by an exquisite $29,000 multi-strand turquoise & woven gold necklace I saw recently. Not sure my design would incorporate any of the linen or silk, or the beautiful cuprite, but they added nicely to fill out the pick.
Think lots of strands, like 20-30, of the 3mm Hubei turquoise with some 3mm faceted rainbow obsidian (with sparkling golden tones) and 3mm round brass beads (disassembled from the crystal & brass bead chain) mixed in sparingly, maybe random, maybe run of turquoise, 1 brass, 2 turquoise, 1 obsidian, 2 turquoise, 1 brass, run of turquoise, 1 obsidian, run of turquoise, repeating, or the like. Each strand could crimp to a tightly looped length of 1.5mm leather cord, end bevel-cut and glued back on itself with Barge cement before being bound with fine brass wire to finish. There being too many (20-30) strands to get all the cord ends together into a small enough bundle to fit into an 8mm cord end cap or my planned clasp, I would selectively, narrowly splice one cord into another (sharply bevel slicing the end of one & clipping the sliver of its tip, skimming flat the side of the other where I want to match in, applying the thin bit of Barge cement to both sides, carefully aligning & plying together evermore) enough times at different places, finishing over with brass wire binding, until I have reduced to few enough strands/cords to fit in my end component. I would try to make the clasp out of 2 patina brass straw basket slides, hoping that the Vintaj natural brass magnetic clasp is not too wide to fit inside the slides. I have used these magnetic clasps before & can attest they are quite powerful. To help the created basket slide clasp stay connected, I could epoxy fat pins into one of the slides on either side of the magnet set in the middle of its oblong shape and, when set in that side, squish some epoxy clay into the voids on either side of the magnet in the opposite slide, press the two basket slide ends together with the magnets lining up to make holes in the clay in the 2nd slide where the pins stick out from the first slide making a stronger lock between the two so the magnet won't tip open & break the bond. Pins could also be in alternate sides, one glued in each basket slide on either side of the magnet. Magnets usually have a preferred way they line up, so one has to take care gluing them in to each side & would best at least temporarily set them in place in both sides at once while paired up.


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Turquoise Crystal & Brass Rounds Brass Bead Chain

Measurements: 4mm crystal, 3mm brass ball

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beautiful! I haven’t noticed the rainbow obsidian before. Snowflake physician has been a favorite since I was in elementary school. We have museum and attached
    planetarium in my hometown since the early 1950′s that was sponsored by a longtime couple in our time. They have a wonderful rock and gem exhibit under blacklight. That was one spot I never missed. I visited the museum at least once or twice a week in the summers. Of course, they had a gift counter then. They sold “rocks” singly and in a kit.
    That kit was left for the teacher who inherited my last classroom. I usually bought snowflake obsidian with my quarter. I visited there briefing on my last trip. Yes,I bought a small stone of snowflake obsidian for old times sake. It was only 35 cents 38 years later.

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    Island Deb says:

    Oo-la-la! I’d love to see that necklace when you make it. Wonderful story, Pam! I bet a lot of us were rock hounds as children. And still have some of those treasures over half a century later. (:

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    What a wonderful pick. The tiny turquoise beads are fantastic. I really like your idea of using the basket slides for the magnetic clasps.
    Pam- what fun going to the museum and planetarium.

  4. Creel U
    Creel U says:

    Have had that cuprite on my wish list. love the idea of a stack of 30 or more necklaces! Congrats on your pick of the day.

  5. D Kandis
    D Kandis says:

    Congratulations on your POD! I love the colors in this pick, it makes the turquoise look very sophisticated. I also love your idea of copying jewelry we see out in the marketplace. That is one reason I started beading, I would search and search for exactly what I wanted, and then I found out I could make it myself for pennies on the dollar!

  6. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I agree with D Kandis. I also trolled jewelry departments pre-pandemic. I often found items I liked appear on LB. Congrats
    On your awesome POD, Liz! I’d like to see it if you make it.

  7. SilverCords aka Judy
    SilverCords aka Judy says:

    A beautiful POD! Copngratulations!

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