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Mom's Boulder Opal Pendant by Nambroth Mom's Boulder Opal Pendant by Nambroth
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. :)
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scoobyblue Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
wow - this particular opal sure does "pop" within the silver. I bet your mom loved it. hope you make another one soon.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A stunning piece & i'm sure it'll be much loved :D
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musicjunkie09 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is gorgeous!
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Wow, this is a STUNNING piece. I love opals, and I love how there's a suggestion of wings in this one- I can actually almost see a seated gryphon (there's a sort of inverted teardrop that would be a half-folded wing, and the body is below it and the head is to the right of the wing.
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Namisao Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's amazing =D
So beautiful <3
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Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
wow!! that is super pretty and really neat :D love it!
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meow-woof Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The white part looks like two angels... Weeping angels, that is... If anyone gets that... Don't Blink.

Though, it is still a beautiful piece, as is all your jewellery!
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mialythila Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Ohhh that is gorgeous! I love boulder opals but they are so expensive and hard to get @.@ And your wire wrapping looks wonderful! ^_^
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! They are pricey, which is why I don't get to work with them too often.
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mialythila Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
totally understandable! I was at a wonderful rock and gem store and they had little jars of bolder opal but they were like $100 for tiny 3" tall jars @.@
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WindsweptSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous as usual. I keep thinking that there's an image in the opal and can't decide whether it's an angel or a mermaid. Though hard to see, some of the fire veins are visible and they look amazing.
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
very pretty
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe it is my imagination, but I think I see an angel in the pendant? It's beautiful! I'm sure your mother will love it!
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SpottacusCheetah Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
As before, nice. Love the playful curls around the polished stone.
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on wrapping such a beauty! =o Your mom is going to love it ^^

Opal was fun and horrible to cut and polish. You can't attach it to the dowel rod with wax, so you have to polish it by just holding it. I lost 4 fingernails to the diamond wheels cutting and polishing my opals =S bleh.

Do you have any resources on finishing these? I always mess up on the bail, and my book just doesn't make too much sense. =(
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are some tutorials here on DA I think! I taught myself how to do these and it's sort of haphazard!
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aoifasd Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous!
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SaitoYuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really, really beautiful! *o*
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stealthyninja21 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
that is beautiful, your mom is lucky :)
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DanielAPierce Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really good design, really good picture -
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Hylian-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If only a camera could capture that, the way you say it dances must be lovely. Opal is my Boyfriends birthstone so I especially love this.
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skezzcrom Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice work :)
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Cristacake Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful; she'll love it! Amazing metalwork :)
Opal was my first favorite gemstone, too. It's such a special stone. I still like it quite a lot :D
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MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, all those details must have been hard.
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KatanaHiryuu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Gooooooorgeous!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
totally gorgeoius
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Sparkanine Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Amazing. :)
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sammacha Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful and nicely done. I love the lines going up down and around the gem. I bet she will love it!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, super gorgeous! I bet your mom will love this. :) Opal is also my favorite gemstone. Just the variety of fiery colors it has in it and how it seems to "glow" from the inside is so beautiful.
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