I previously told you about my experience at the Herkimer Diamond Mine when I was on a recent vacation. Spoiler: It’s not actually a diamond mine. Herkimer Diamonds are actually very beautiful, clear quartz crystals.
You can read about my experience mining here.
We ended up with a few crystals:
These are the crystals in their just-from-the-mine state.
I knew I wanted to make a necklace with the largest one. In fact, when my husband found that one he asked me if I could make jewelry with it. Then we left with our mission accomplished.
So I cleaned it up, which encompassed just running water over it and very gently using an old toothbrush to get into the crevices.
And then I wire wrapped the crystal to make a pendant.
And added a chain.
Now I have a simple and beautiful souvenir of my anniversary trip and one that is so much more meaningful than anything I could have purchased.
I know that before I started wire wrapping stones it seemed so complicated and confusing. I learned how to do it and now it’s a technique that I teach both in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry (Week 1 is all about nature!) and in my Charm Bracelet eCourse.
You can also learn how to make a souvenir charm bracelet with my Free Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry Mini eCourse — but it’s a different sort of souvenir bracelet. I show you how to make a photo charm and bead dangles and make a souvenir charm bracelet. (I do not show you how to wire wrap rocks in that free mini eCourse, though.)
I love finding unique things on trips for souvenirs. Going to the Herkimer Diamond Mine was definitely a unique experience and I’ll have this necklace for years to come to remember it by!