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About this design:

Again, the Landscape Jasper focal said Africa, and so this design was born. A bit of departure for me as I usually don't work with cabochons.


Landscape Jasper cab, Sardonyx Agate rondelle, Artistic Jasper faceted barrel, Leopardskin Jasper tear drop, Artistic Jasper round, Russian Turquoise round, Sterling silver wire, bead caps and charms.

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  1. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    Oh John this is stunning!!!!!!!!!! It is perfectly Africa to me! How did you make the prongs for the cab?

  2. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    JOhn your pieces are fantastic!!

  3. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    John your work is amazing. I especially like how you used the animal charms in this one!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Beautiful, wonderful, fantastic! John, your designs are always awesome, and this is no exception…I love the cab, and the animal charms are the perfect touch…very “Africa”!

  5. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    John why don’t you tell us alittle about yourself! We’d love to know what inspires all those beautiful designs!

  6. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Darling design and impeccable execution :)

  7. CAS
    CAS says:

    Screams, shouts, gets up and dances AFRICA!!! To say it’s awesome is simply not saying enough!

  8. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Wow!!! Another great piece! I like the way you found to use the cab, and it works so smoothly here with the rest of your design. :-)
    Funny how some stones sort of “talk” to us. LOL

  9. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Again…another great piece. You inspire me John..I am 10 years younger than you and I hope to still be beading and be half as good as you when I am 80.

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    Another beautiful piece John :)

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    Rheta D says:

    I can’t figure out what the wire is twisted around?


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    Rheta D says:

    Oh, yes, it is wonderful!


  13. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Hi John, of all your recent designs, this is my personal favorite. The Jasper focal is “just” like the Serengheti plain, acacia trees too boot. I am trying to work out how you mounted the focal? Something you made? or a finding? and Russian (?) Turquoise, very rare…..
    Well designed. Thank you!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    John, your work is beautiful! I like that you choose a theme for your pieces, and am really inspired by your use of wire! I am always finding pictures in Landscape Jasper too. I like how you use them to set the tone for a design.

  15. John M
    John M says:

    Thanks everybody for your kind comments. Briefly, here’s how the cab is held. Draw an X. Draw a vertical line thru the X. This represents 3 wires, one straight, two bent into Vs. These are soldered together in the center. The ends of the X wires are melted into a ball with a torch. Optionally, the loop, or bail wire can also be melted, or left alone. The trick is in figuring out the length of the wires! Either trace around the cab with a pencil on paper, draw the lines for the wires, extending out from the cab outline, and go from there, or use inexpensive wire to make a mock up. Russian Turquoise, possibly a made up name, I don’t know. I have a number of themes listed in a notebook, already thought up. Then the search is on to find the right focal and accompanying stones. Occasionally, I see a stone that rings a bell in my beady brain that says, “Hello! Here I am. My name is……….” And, a new theme is born. Some stones just naturally fit certain themes. Just use your imagination and themes will come to you.

  16. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    There is plenty of beautiful blue green turquoise in Russia especialy in the Ural area but I never seen white one though…

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    John — Perfect name for your fabulous pendant and the lovely necklace you built around it! Thanks for the directions for your cab setting. :D

    I am assuming you wrapped the wire in your necklace around long straight pieces of wire? I’ve done that in designs before.

  18. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Beautiful, beautiful piece! Perfect cab work, hard to believe that you don’t usually work with them!

  19. John M
    John M says:

    Thanks, again, everyone for your kind comments.

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