I do not like to lay a piece of wire work down overnight - the wire seems to 'set' into shape and is difficult to manipulate again when it is next picked up. This is because of a phenomenon called work hardening. For those of you who are interested, this is how it happens.....
the lattice of crystals within the wire has a regular, nearly defect free pattern. As it is manipulated, dislocations occur in the crystalline structure and tiny micro-fractures appear from the stress, which in turn hold the wire in the shape into which it is bent - this property is utilised when making jewellery, but if over manipulated, the wire is in danger of snapping. When left overnight, the micro crystalline wire structure settles into it's new pattern and is stiff and hard to manipulate - there you are, a bit of science for you!
I had been wondering how to attach the flowers, and still show off their hand carved beauty to its best effect, and then I had an Eureka moment - of course! wire is the answer to any problem (well almost) - I should have known that! I wired the flowers onto the necklace of purple agate - and Voila!
Ibadan is a city in Nigeria and this poem was written by JP Clark - the imagery the poem conjures up is very beautiful and I saved it for one of my necklaces.
The necklace I made looks very African with spikes of coral in black and red - I've been storing these beads a long time - a friend of mine made a necklace with similar beads and I didn't want to intrude on her parade, or worse still be accused of copying - now, a few years down the line, I feel I can use them without fear of either.
Indian Feathers Earrings
Have a lovely weekend, and I will be here next week, same time, same place