Today my guest, Scotti Cohn, of Jewelry by Scotti, shares ideas for using her favorite semi-precious stones.
Inspirational Beading: What is your all-time favorite bead? Why do you like them?
Scotti: I love beads made of agate, especially crazy-lace agate (also known as Mexican agate). Crazy lace agate is a cryptocrystalline quartz found in Mexico. I like agates because the stones give a feeling of being connected to the earth, and the "crazy lace" patterns are lively and bright.
Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite technique or method to use them?
Scotti: I like to string them on Soft Flex jewelry wire to make necklaces or bracelets. I also make some of them into pendants and earrings.
Inspirational Beading: Of all the creations you’ve made with these beads, which one is your favorite?
Scotti: My favorite creation so far using crazy lace agate is a necklace and earring set I called Roses and Lace. It sold within a day or two after I put it up for sale. My favorite creation so far using another type of agate is a necklace and earring set I called Cranberries and Clouds. That set used gray Brazil agate.
Inspirational Beading: Do you have any tips for making the most of these beads?
Scotti: Accent them with a bit of color but don't try to jazz them up too much. They are solid, basic stones that are quite attractive without a lot of fancy stuff all over them.
Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite bead or material to pair these with?
Scotti: I like to pair them with small, solid-color beads and silver accents and spacers. In Roses and Lace I used rose quartz and rhondite, and in Cranberries and Clouds I used red coral.
Inspirational Beading: If you were stranded on the moon, and you could have only one kind of bead with you, would you choose these?
Scotti: Yes. Agates are versatile and can express many different moods and tones -- and crazy lace agates can be both elegant and entertaining.
Inspirational Beading: In your opinion, what is the best source for these beads?
Scotti: I purchase agate and crazy lace agate from various sources, including my local bead shop. I also use Art Beads, Fusion Beads, Fire Mountain, and other online sources.
You can see even more jewelry creations and inspiration at Jewelry by Scotti.
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