Social Distancing #1
Yesterday while I was livestreaming I pondered whether or not I should add a second bead to something, and somebody suggested that if I left it with just one bead I could call it “Social Distancing.”
I ended up putting more beads on that particular piece, but I also decided to rummage out some visually interesting beads that I haven’t been able to figure out how to use to make into very simple stone-and-a-spiral-only pendants! Starting with this one, which is indeed prehenite (many thanks to the Twitch viewer who looked it up when I couldn’t remember what it was!) with tourmaline inclusions.
Please note: these are on sterling silver wire, NOT my usual coated silver-filled wire, because it will hold up better to being put directly on a chain without a bail.
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My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (
!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box. Gift bags are available
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!