This post involves another broken stone- this time not so easy to replace.
As so often happens, I really had taken a long time making this necklace. I would work on it a little, then put it away in a drawer and think about it for awhile. I liked the way it was coming together, but just didn't know what the next step would be. When I finally got it out to seriously work on it again, I looked at the stone closely, and yep- you guessed it! It was cracked!!! I don't know if it had been cracked all along, or if it had cracked while being jostled around in the drawer. Either way- it was cracked.
This stone was a wonderful slab- not rounded on the top like a cabochon. And an unusual shape, not to mention the unusual patterns in it. In other words, I couldn't find anything I was happy with to replace it. Although it was cracked, it wasn't broken all the way through, so it wasn't in danger of falling out or anything. But I still wouldn't sell it this way.
After asking for suggestions on FB, I came up with a plan. To disguise the crack, I beaded some branches over the it to mimic the branches on the metal components below it. (by the way- those metal pieces are old earrings)
I loved the result!! I think it really added interest to the piece, and blended in very well.
So I finished up the piece and added the fringe. Finally finished!! I photographed it.....
Done? Not so fast there! After looking at the pictures for awhile, I realized I really was not happy with the fringe. (Plus, there were some remarks on FB that people saw, um, other things when looking at it. I won't even go into that- I will leave it to your imagination!) So, back to the drawing board. After experimenting with several different fringes on the bottom, I finally came up with one that I was happy with.
So there is the finished piece. When people ask how long it takes me to make one of these pieces, I really can't tell them. I just grit my teeth and say "LONG"- especially this one!!