Posts Tagged ‘aventurine’

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree

December 27, 2017

I have been thinking about doing chip mosaics for years. Finally tried my hand at it. It is tedious but enjoyable. Kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle without having any pieces cut to fit. It suits me since I like creating by accretion.

To begin with the plan was for a much bigger spruce tree, as gray fox are climbers. Alas, I ran short of aventurine in my chosen shade of green. I also know I could do better with the spruce tree if I lined up the chips to follow the flow of the branches. And if I were concerned about filling in the gaps, more tiny pieces would definitely help.

I am not looking for a polished image here. More like the chance images people see in nature, in clouds or the grain of wood. Suggestive rather than technically correct or realistic images. Gems in the rough.

The stone chips are green aventurine, labradorite, and garnet. Labradorite is an iridescent mineral, and you can see its play of color in the fox’s right ear. These chips are attached with varnish to the back of a postcard intended for watercolor.

 

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree - chip mosaic by Mike Smetzer

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree

Necklace with Four Large Stones and Beads of Green Aventurine and Black Glass

February 21, 2015

I am still wishing for the green of spring. Jade-ite green and black? Well, this just shows I am old enough to be retro when I am just being myself.

This 20-inch necklace features four large stones: At the bottom is an almond-shaped stone which is off-white with green veins that appear to be aventurine. Above this are three black oval stones which have been cut to create an unusually curved surface with subtle parallel facets. Accompanying these large stones are 6 mm beads of green aventurine and black glass. The necklace is strung on braided gold color wire. Although a spring clasp is shown in the flat photo, it has been replaced with a gold-plated toggle to make the piece easier to put on and take off.

At 20 inches, this necklace is short enough and rests high enough to accommodate its long three-part pendant. My test subject tells me that despite the large stones the necklace does not feel heavy when worn. It falls gracefully and has a powerful visual impact. Great for an evening event.

 

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - Necklace with four large stones and beads of green aventurine and black glass

Necklace with four large stones and beads of green aventurine and black glass

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - Necklace with four large stones and beads of green aventurine and black glass - flat view

Necklace with four large stones and beads of green aventurine and black glass – flat view