Here's a closeup of the amazing pendant she made:
I sent these pictures to Rachel to show her what I'd done and she posted them on her blog! I'm famous!!
Since I'm showing jewelry, what the hell, here are some other necklaces I've made.
Turquoise nuggets and gold beads. I get a lot of compliments on this necklace undoubtedly due to the fact that people are impressed to see all the turquoise. Then stupid me immediately says, "Oh, it's fake. It's 'reconstituted' turquoise." Except I don't correct some people who are acting all like they're turquoise experts. Dolts. (PS--reconstituted turquoise, like reconstituted amber, isn't really fake. The material is real, it's just been fashioned into beads or nuggets from chips and powder).
This one is aventurine and faceted copper beads. The pendant is from a deconstructed Mississippi-themed bracelet given to me several years ago. It's our state flower, the magnolia. The bracelet was made by an amazing artisan, Michel Milleur. Some of the other charms were a catfish, a pelican (which is actually Louisiana's state bird but they sneak over to Mississippi occasionally), a cotton boll, the Biloxi lighthouse, etc.