Newby Treasury

A Recent Commission

In what I found to be an exquisitely romantic gesture, a friend of mine and her long-distance love exchanged minerals for Valentine’s Day. When the labradorite arrived, it was handed over to me to explore creative solutions for fixing this little blue beauty into something wearable. 

After lots of tries and retries, I settled on a leather-backing, surrounded by a cord of jute rope wrapped in crochet thread. As you see, the cord makes a sweet twist at the top of the stone. I’m pleased with the contrast of the blue to the white and the brown of the leather; in fact, I have a couple beautiful pieces of unpolished turquoise that would look stunning with this treatment.

Send me a note if you have a stone that you’d like to see as a necklace.

-Sarah (sarah@newbytreasury.com)

Here’s the front of necklace showing the labradorite.

And here’s the leather backing.

Eucalyptus branches stripped of leaves

Eucalyptus branches stripped of leaves

New work in progress: one piece becomes five and turns to one again. I’m really liking this.

New work in progress: one piece becomes five and turns to one again. I’m really liking this.

Experimenting with knots, 60x magnification.

Experimenting with knots, 60x magnification.

The rusty nail comes to life when given a new coat of crochet thread.

The rusty nail comes to life when given a new coat of crochet thread.

Here’s my wishbone, a new necklace in progress.

Here’s my wishbone, a new necklace in progress.

The tea staining experiment worked. Pictured here is a tea stained sample next to the natural tone. Next step is to stain a full necklace.

The tea staining experiment worked. Pictured here is a tea stained sample next to the natural tone. Next step is to stain a full necklace.

Testing a tea stain on some crochet thread.

Testing a tea stain on some crochet thread.

This commissioned piece was made from a favorite earring that was missing its match. Check out www.newbytreasury.com for details on commissions.

This commissioned piece was made from a favorite earring that was missing its match. Check out www.newbytreasury.com for details on commissions.