I wanted to upgrade my beach stone jewellery with some silver plated wire. It looks so easy when others do it, but I had quite an experience with different sorts of wires. Some were too thin, others just didn’t go into shape I wanted them to. Not to talk about working with cutters and round nose pliers (yes, I had to buy those first)… But here are some final results I would like to share.
Not exactly round, but I like them anyway…
I even tried inlaying a smaller stone into the larger one. To make the smaller white stone pop out, I glued a piece of gold leaf in the recess prior to putting the smaller stone in.
I guess I have some more practice to do, but first products aren’t that bad either.
Happy crafting to you all!
Simple beach stones turned to jewellery.
Nice small beach stones, mainly from the local beach called “white rocks”, have been used for this project. The beach is situated under steep cliff and exposed to strong winter winds, so the limestone stones are pretty rounded and smooth. It is quite easy to find the right sized and shaped stones, but they are not rock-solid, so due care is needed during processing, especially when drilling holes.
I made holes with Dremel, using diamond drills and drilling under water. Stones are connected with silver plated wire (6 mm) and swarovski stones have been put to add some glimmery touch. The texture of stones is smooth, so no surface grinding or warnishing is neccessary.
The right earring is made out of sea glass. Shape of both earrings is similar, but different material has been used to make the set more interesting. To match them together the swarovski stone is added to the stone earring.
Stones can be used to make pendants and rings as well. For pendants I used larger stones, so combination with various materials is possible: I inserted smaller stones, pieces of wood and even metal.
And here is my treasure hunting site, the “white rocks” beach.