Wacky Wednesday!

October 3, 2018 Uncategorized

…  not really wacky.  I cut some new to me materials – some Lapis.  I can’t wait to shape and polish it!  I have some cool looking dinosaur in this batch and some plasma agate – which I have never cut before.  This should be an interesting next few weeks!  AND sewing AND weaving!  My time of year!

Music Monday

October 2, 2018 Uncategorized

What do you listen to when you work/hobby/play?  New to me:  Lord Huron.  I don’t want to say too much – to influence your own opinions in any particular direction.  1st and 2nd albums I know, 3rd not so much.

Music is the game changer.  My mood, my creativity, my energy – all can be changed up with music.  And it’s such a passive thing.  These days with Pandora and other feeds we don’t even really have to make choices – just turn it on.  Dance a little!

Kaffe Fasset in my little town!

September 26, 2018 Uncategorized

Thanks to the Folks at The Baywood Tavern – some number of us were able to visit with Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably today over a lovely lunch.  Quilters have super-stars too!

Big Changes!

September 24, 2018 Uncategorized

So – an update – We have been going to Tucson Fossil Gem and Mineral Show now for some years…  Each year I enjoy looking at all the rough materials – chunks and slabs of rocks – but thinking I don’t have anything to do with all of that!  Until this last year…

We came home, in February, with a CabKing (cutting and polishing equipment) on order and dinosaur bone and boulder opal and some turquoise in the car. With a stop at Kent’s for some basic jewelry making tools we were soon home.  Ted built me an amazing bench in the garage (with water and electric and a rubber floor).  And I have not stopped since.  It’s been quite a ride!

It’s a bit obsessive…  addictive…

I’ve had a few opportunities to consult with other “makers” and it’s clear that all the work is paying off.  I can feel it and I am generally my most staunch critic.  I LOVE the process of making beautiful things.  I love working with amazing tools and learning something new every time I start a new rock.  I am particularly drawn to dinosaur bone (fossil connection, I’m sure – and it’s ‘different’).  I really love turquoise too.  And I just got a piece of lapis that I’m very anxious to give a try!

I still sew – in fact I have several projects either in process or strong ideas/plans for.  It’s clear to me that having different creative outlets only helps each path.

Working…

September 23, 2018 Uncategorized

Cutting dinosaur bone today!  It’s always a treat to see how a piece will cut and polish out.  The colors are always amazing!

The local rock-hound club picnic was last week – at the auction I acquired an old rock tumbler.  It’s great – small size, old school.  I used it today – 1st time.  (Jewelers use a tumbler with shot in it to burnish, or harden and polish their metal.)  All of the silver came out black!  OH!  I think it’s the old rubber lined cans that came with the unit.  Clearly the black polished off and all’s fine – but now I’m looking for new cans…  The dilemma is to buy new 1 qt paint cans (replacing like for like) or to buy some cool see-thru barrels…  The paint cans would need to be lined with rubber (I assume a gasket material) and runs the risk of turning everything black…  The new ones are shaped already with flat sides for better movement of the shot inside them.  The difference is about $28…