laurieopal (laurieopal) wrote,

Cats and Ammonites

I've been working today on rings, mostly a couple of tourmalines in brilliant blues and a deep blue lapis with deep gold flecks.

This is the ammonite fossil pendant that I wrote about when I was making it.

I'm working on the ammonite commission I talked about earlier. The top of the shell is fossilized as it looked 100 million years ago...quite amazing.  It's a rainbow tinted coil.  The back is attractively brown calcified fossil.  The ammonite itself will be dark silver with an emerald eye holding a vivid Ethiopian opal. It looks great in purple carving wax.  It's fairly realistic, but the ends of the tentacle have a balanced harmony of coil that changes it to a simultaneously more stylized design.

It's in the collection of Pierce and David Ludke.

Length of the pendant was approximatley 3.5 inches.  I"m still jazzed about wokring with a 100 million year old fossil.

And on a completely different note, I don't usually take photos of my cat but she arranged herself in such an aesthtic way that this snapshot was irresistible.   I'm going back to my bench now to carve rings.
Tags: ammonites, art jewelry, cats, gem stones, jewelry, rings, stones

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