This is a solid boulder opal carefully hand wrapped in Argentium sterling silver. This one is a Christmas gift for my mom, but she doesn't come here so it's safe to share it with you. Opal was my first gemstone sweetheart, and I still carry heartstrings for it!
Boulder opal is a type of opal that stays in the host ironstone matrix, and as such it's a lot easier for me to wire wrap, as I have less fear about scratching or cracking it. It's generally more durable than other types of opal. This boulder opal is from the Koroit Area; Queensland; Australia. Though it doesn't show in this still photograph, the veins of opal fire dance through the entire middle section, in all colors of the rainbow! It's really very, very pretty.FAQ stuff, please read before asking:
- Yes! I do sell these! Though this one is for my mom, I have lots of other pendants. They are for sale here: [link]
-I hand wrap these pieces with nothing more than my fingers and some bitty pliers.
-I purchase the stones already cut and polished from rock and gem shows.
-My silver is purchased directly from a precious metals silver refinery.
-I use several different gauge and shaped wires in each piece.
-My methods are 100% self taught, unplanned, and haphazard and I do not plan on creating tutorials on how to make these. If you want to learn wire-wrapping there are already some good tutorials out there if you search on Google. Just please be respectful of the work and years I've invested in learning how to create my pendants and don't directly copy my work (I rely on these to pay my bills!).
Thanks for looking.