Mayela came over today at about 1pm and we had a nice long visit. We ate tamales for lunch then watched Passion of The Christ, then sat down for more tamales (I had chicken soup) and she, my husband, and I, talked over dinner for an hour. Then we did a Bible study on the Parable of the Sower aka The Parable of the Four Soils. Then at about 9pm she left. Tomorrow we might go shopping.
So I took my bead box out a last week, or rather I had my husband get my bead box out of the shed. I love going through all my old beads. It's like seeing old friends. All the plans I had that I never followed through on...hopes, dreams, desires. Anyhoo, I decided not to go to bed until I made something.
I used 1 mm Stretch Magic elastic cord. I prefer elastic bracelets and I thought I was making it for myself. This one fit rather high on my arm but it felt good. Or I could let it go to the bottom of my wrist and it wasn't too annoying. The stones are so big that they felt smooth and weighty on my wrist instead of light and flittery.
I love the look and feel of these stones. The findings are all leftovers. The stones are actually several of my least favorite of the string but still gorgeous to my eyes.
Carnelian is a quartz that has a waxy luster and is usually brownish red to orange but comes in a lot of shades and colors. Geologists classify is as a chalcedony in the quartz family. It has the same chemical makeup as agate so what one person calls carnelian could be another person's agate. I suspect these have been heat treated to make the hues and lines stand out. Some carnelian is naturally very red, but heat treatment enhances the color and beauty of carnelian. It has a hardness on the Mohs scale of 7.
As I gazed at it while the glue was drying it did occur to me that it looked like a something Mayela might like. She came over and I showed it to her and sure enough, she liked it. I kind of wanted it for myself, but she'll wear it more than I ever would. It looks real purty on her arm. She wears bracelets every day.
So my first bracelet made in a long time went to a home where it will be loved.