It has been really cold here of late so I finally got around to cleaning my work bench so I could finish a few things.
Here is a really interesting local stone that has a bit of everything- agate, jasper and pockets of crystalline quartz.
The stone is fairly large (4.5 mm high) and the quarts pockets make it "twinkle" as the stone moves. Because of the size, I was able to use 18 gauge copper wire to make the "prong" setting I have developed and it is nice and firm. And if you look really closely, you can see a few "artist's marks" which I like to leave on the piece. I hung it from a really nice persimmon premium Greek leather cord and used 100% hand made copper clasps.
And here it is ready to go to a very nice lady in Bear River.
My next piece is going to feature a copper plate with a very intricate cut out design to set a gorgeous piece of local carnelian so look for it in a couple of days.