If you believe in the metaphysical properties of gemstones,"'Tiger Iron is thought to be a powerful lower Chakra stone, promoting physical vitality, energy, and stamina. Tiger Iron is a helpful aid to those who feel emotionally, mentally or physically exhausted and burned out." To read more, please check out this website. I just love it for it's beauty and would have used it even if it didn't have all these wonderful qualities.
Soutache is a strange and interesting genre of jewellery making. It starts when I pick out a stone and stick it onto Lacy's Stiff Stuff - which sounds like it comes from a J K Rowling novel, but is actually a felted card, which is stiff and acts as a backing. I then surround it with bead work and the act of picking out the tiny seed bead colours is what sets the future look of the necklace. By the time the bead work is finished, the piece takes on a life of it's own. I then pick out the colours of braid and sew them on, and we're off and away. At this point, I'm reluctant to put it down and go to bed - I want to know how the story ends. I make no drawings, and so each stage has the capacity to evolve into just about anything depending entirely on what I do next - exciting!!
I post pictures on Instagram as I end each day, just before I go to bed - many people ask me where I got the jewellery from especially when I have my exhibitions in India and it helps to have a running display of my work as it evolves, just to prove that I made it.