We go on

Yes,we go on.. one foot in front of the other, chore by chore. Forgive me if I go through the motions maybe even smile.

A craft show.. here we go…

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Staying busy

I’ve recently lost a very big piece of my heart. The sorrow is soul crushing. Daily functions are difficult to complete. These are times I find that if I can keep busy, I may can get through it.

God never gives us more than we can handle right? It’s a fine line and I’m on the line.

I found a box with some watch parts from a time I made some steampunk jewelry. It stayed on my mind and a plan started to develop. Incorporate the parts with resin? Hmm.. interesting…

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I like how they are turning out so far.. I’m thinking maybe some color too. I’ll add a pic once I’m done.

The loss? My son.. my one and only son. Parents shouldn’t have to bury their children.

Many blessings and peace

Raquel

Newness

So rocks and stones have been my life for many years.. not that it’s going to change any time soon… A person can try new things though. Can’t they?

I tried to get back into wire wrapping but for some reason there was just no inspiration.

Thanks to my daughter who kept bugging me to get into resin for the past couple years, I finally decided to give it a try. Ok, I’m totally addicted. It’s so much easier on the hands too…don’t tell her… I’m so glad I finally tried it… it’s been fun.

Sure the flowers in resin are beautiful.. and I have made a few. But there is so much more to it!

Here we go!

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Raq

Finally a dig

I have always wanted to see the Deming rock show. I’ve heard how big it is and thought at some point I would get to attend. This year not only did I attend, I even got to go out on a dig.

I got into town on Friday to the worst windstorm. I went to the rock show but they had to close up the booths on the outside due to the high winds. Over sixty miles an hour. So there were only a few booths.

I went to signed up for the dig. There were three to choose from and the lady I was talking to had a unicorn hat on so right off I knew she believed in magic lol. I asked her which she would go on if it was her that was going. She told me her dig story out at Big Diggins. So what the heck let’s do it. She also said not to expect too much since the backhoe had broken and they hadn’t been able to bring in more since the last group of people. No problem since I didn’t even know what to expect to begin with, ha.

The evening brought more wind, rain and hail. Ok so, you’re probably thinking this is a bad thing. I was actually ok with it, knowing how it’s actually cleaning up a few layers of dirt and rock. It was hard to sleep, I was a bit excited.

The next morning, the weather had cleared up. It was actually a beautiful day for digging. It stayed in the mid 60’s.

I found this baby as soon as I started walking up to the dig.

Rock people are pretty friendly so we all just picked a spot and started digging. Talking and comparing rocks. The guides were very cool in showing what to look for and one in particular would come by and drop a few cool rocks he found in our buckets.

The first couple of hours there were quite a few of us, but by the end only the true rock hounds were left. Lol

Big brother kept an eye too. We were only something like 15 miles away from the border.

I found quite a bit of agate, chalcedony and jasper. The fire agate is what I really wanted and that was actually just laying on the ground.

I found a few pieces of the fire agate but this is the only one you can actually see a little fire in. The rest I will have to slowly polish when I get a chance.

As you can see I’ve got a bit to go through.

Here’s a few pretty ones

I also bought a couple things at the show.

Some Laguna I’m always a sucker for reds and patterning.

Seriphinite found in NM

Some palm wood

And some cool colored flourite

Planning for next year already. Go early and dig for three days. God willing.

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Raq

Labor day weekend fun

Well its been awhile since I’ve picked up a rock to give it a polish or even a cut.  Last weekend I finally decided it was time to get something done.  That and my friend kept berating me about not working any rock. Ha! It finally worked, all that guilt.

So anyway, I worked a crazy lace agate, reworked a botswana agate, and the chrysocolla, malachite druzy that begs to be seen. I knew that working the druzy would make me want to set it or wrap it in silver.

It was fun and boy do I need to practice. It did make me want to practice though.  So I’ll be cutting up some more soon.

Here are a few pics and the finished pendant.

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Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful 3 day weekend! 😉

Open houses and Christmas boutiques

In San Juan Bautista, CA. You need to get out and see what you can find this weekend in the little town of SJB. Lots of handmade crafts and beautiful art. Who knows you may even see some pretty nice wraps that have been hiding out.

 

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Finally

Well I suppose its time I get back to work and get a few things cut or wrapped or both.  These 2 wraps are my latest.

My original twisted pendant is one I wear almost daily and it still gets quite a few compliments.  I just had to try to make more after that one.  It wasn’t easy either.

The malachite drusy, and chrysocholla drusy in the new twisted pendant is from Lima peru. I love this stone and it has been hard to find. So when I do find it I have to buy as much as possible. The cutting of it is pretty tricky tho.  I just hate to lose any color or drusy crystal.  But I can’t wrap a big a chunk of rock nor do I want it to just sit on a shelf and get dusty.  This rock just begs to be cut and wrapped.

The next pendant has a focal skull magnasite bead.  I bought a few skulls at a rock shop in Alburquerque NM last summer.  Since it was a nice turquoise color, I had to add a little coral and a Pecos River diamond we found in NM too. The garnet was just a lil more color and I like for these twisty pendants to have as much color as possible.  This pendant is just totally southwest inspiration.

 

 

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Life has gone to the dogs

I finished a pendant that is a twist of stones and silver wire. I wanted it to have stones on all sides and no matter which way it hangs it would have something pretty. I had a piece of the Chrysocolla/Malachite Drusy from Peru and I wanted it to be the focal. I soldered a couple of pieces of 18 gauge silver wire to make it look like a dragon finger, or so it does to me anyway. Then I started weaving from it. The piece has 3 tourmalines, 2 garnets, and a spinel along with the drusy cab. Here is the pic for it and a lil video.

I had an idea for another but it will have to wait since my life has been invaded by a couple of lil gremlins.

They are so much fun, but just like kids they take up alot of time.
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Something new

So I’ve been wrapping a couple of pendants for the past couple of weeks and I have been wanting to make something in line with an amulet. Something different. So with a little weaving and then a little more weaving I have come up with these new two. The first has 2 tourmalines and a Mexican fire opal, the second has a faceted red garnet and blue green piece of apatite.


I am once again addicted to wrapping. Seems like I can’t stop for awhile then I take a break then back to being addicted. Crazy stuff.
Well thanks for stopping by! Hope you get to enjoy the the three day weekend. I know I am. 🙂

Super Sunday Cabbing

Super Bowl Sunday, and I get to cab til the game starts. Thats a wonderful day!.

I cabbed a small piece of Chrysocolla drusy that as left from a piece of stone I won on the Taogem forum.  It had some amazing blue green or teal colored druse and dark green malachite druse.  Its from Nuevo Mundo Imports. I highly recommend them if you want the best chrysocolla and malachite drusy. The crystals are so clear and shiny. Awesome stuff. Its pricey but you get what you pay for. I also cabbed another quartz drusy cab.

I also cabbed a Queensland agate. The Queensland agate has some very nice patterning and layers, plus a little drusy in the middle. Love it!

The icing on the cake?
Green bay won! yay!!

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