I feel like I got a few things done today, even though I didn't do much work on the "magic" necklace. The morning started off with an AAUW (American Association of University Women) meeting that was quite productive. We finished it up a little after noon and then my friend Martha, of Menagerie Studio, and I decided to make a quick run into Dallas to the Rock Barrell. I wanted to get some turquoise cabs and she wanted findings.
We hit the interstate and within a few minutes were on a parking lot on a bridge across Lake Ray Hubbard. Traffic was barely moving. We were on the bridge for an hour and a half. At least it gave Martha and I time to catch up with each other.
Martha brought me the charms I had ordered from her.
I love these little charms even more now that I've seen them close up. The hearts with text have the works cherish and child on them with a floral texture on the back. The fleur de lis hearts have a clock texture on the back. These will become earrings. I think I'll keep the top pair for myself!
We exited the interstate at the first exit. There was a sign stating that the freeway was closed ahead. Wish they had posted that sign many miles earlier! We made it to the Rock Barrell 15 minutes before closing! I quickly found these cabs.
These cabs range from 8 to 25 mm. Most are turquoise, but there are two chrysocola, one fancy jasper, and one dyed howlite. Martha found some beads but not the findings she was after.
We drove home a completely different way. Since we were already in Dallas we had to make a few other retail stops.
Once home I worked a little on cleaning up the holes on the iron escutcheon plate I'm using on the "magic" necklace. The holes were jagged and just waiting to catch a drill bit so I ground them instead. I got them big enough for the rivets to go through, but I think they are going to give me trouble when I drill the back plate. That's a job for another day though.