Today I did it again. Only this time the CZ was "huge" (twenty dollars worth of huge.) I was making another cross and pulled out a gorgeous blue topaz trillion. I hadn't planned on using it in the cross but it was just so stunning sitting there in the middle.
I spent a long time creating the clay bezel, getting it just right and drilling into the cross so the CZ wouldn't sit up so high. I held my tongue just right. (Did four crosses and didn't break one.) Everything was going so well.
I wish I had taken a picture before it went into the kiln. The blue reminded me of that beautiful blue water in the Carribean. (Maybe that's why I loved it so much. I was thinking of keeping the cross for myself.) I couldn't wait to see how it would look against the silver once it was fired and polished.
But..... I will never know. Here's what I found when I opened the kiln door.
It's nice...... but $20 CZ nice...... I don't think so. Maybe I'll just go in the corner and cry,