Trent Agate Shibuichi Experiment

by kaytaylor on November 13, 2008

Trent Agate pendant by Kay Taylor

Trent Agate pendant by Kay Taylor

 My husband, Rich, creates lovely stones from his monumental collection of rough.  I’m the beneficiary of his work.  This piece of Oregon Trent agate with stibnite is the focal piece of the neckpiece.  Combining it with shibuichi and rough citrine gives it an ancient look.

The hooks are detachable from the pendant and were forged and melted on the ends, so that the beads can be worn alone.  The beading wire is hidden in a buttonhole gusset set up that I first drilled, then carved deep into the wire.

Somewhat critical of this photo because it was a last-minute set up to make sure that I got it recorded before bringing to a show. 

The neckpiece is quite dramatic when worn and is waiting for just the right person to wear it.  It looked fabulous on my niece, Lori, who has beautiful red hair, and modeled it wearing a deep scoop neck.

This next photo shot is a detail of the neckpiece and a better picture.

Trent Agate neckpiece detail

Trent Agate neckpiece detail




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kaytaylor November 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

Thanks, Char! I’ll pass the word on to Rich. The photo really doesn’t do the stone justice. The stibnite are fantastic. And a great polish job, to boot. Plans in the works to get it professionally photographed.

Char November 16, 2008 at 9:25 am

Yes & the lapidary work on the stone is gorgeous!

Vera November 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I get it! Thanks. vera

kaytaylor November 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Thanks, Vera! So I just drilled two holes, side-by-side, for the wire to go through, and w/ a ball bur, made a divet between the two holes as deep as the wire is thick. There ya go. . .

Vera November 14, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Kay, Your piece is lovely and the ancient look of your silver work makes it a very sophisticated piece. I would love to know how you do a “buttonhole gusset” to hide your wire so nicely…maybe you could blog a HIDI (how I do it) sometime if it’s a technique you would share? Nice work! vera

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