Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stormy Weather - a pendant with thunder and lightning

The main focal stone in my latest pendant is a Purple Storm, mined in Utah. I love how you can practically see lightning and hear thunder crackling through this stone. There's nothing like a good thunderstorm to cleanse the spirit. The accent stone is a soothing lavender Holly Chalcedony and nicely picks up the purple in the foAdd Imagecal stone. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I think this is one piece I may keep for myself. While I don't wear jewelry often, I find it a little ironic when I have an occasion to wear jewelry and I don't have a piece to wear that I've made myself.

Actually, this pendant has been a thunderstorm of sorts for me to create. I started it last January, sketching several different versions of a setting for the focal stone. I finally settled on the one I liked the best, created about 75% of it and then ruined it by frying the sterling silver with too much heat on the final solder. Defeated, I used this as a wake-up to take a break from making jewelry for awhile. I needed the break to concentrate on other things.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've recently been struck with a burst of inspiration to get back to my workbench. The components for this pendant; stones, sketches and fried silver have been sitting on my bench since last January, collecting dust and haunting me like unfinished business that needed to be taken care of before I'm allowed to truly forge ahead with new work. So, I pushed myself through the storm, crafting a few design changes as I went (including 3 different bails) and finally finished this pendant today, warts and all.

In my long wait for the storm to pass, I've learned a few things, both technically and personally. I've learned that it's OK to sit back and ride out the storm. Wait till the thunder passes. Then forge ahead when the time is right and you can see clearly again.

One more interesting thing about this stone that I didn't notice until today - I see a cross amid the clouds and lightning. Do you see it? Oh yes, this pendant is mine and I'm keeping it.


  1. This is a beautiful piece~~~well worth the wait. Things have a way of coming together when the time is right.
    Yes, I do see the cross. It's a magical stone.

  2. Oh Sandy, that is a stunning stone and I love the way you put it all together. Really beautiful job!!

  3. Hi Carolyn! Thanks for your comments - it is a magical stone! btw, I love your new pieces!

    Hi Kristy! Thank you for the compliments & your comments on the flickr photos! I've been wearing this pendant daily lately!

  4. Nice to see when an artist keeps a piece for themselves...I do that frequently. Of course, purple is one of my favorites and I love this stone. Your design allows the stone to become the focal point. And yes I see the cross in the midst. Very cool Sandy!