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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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

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.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 14 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 50 posts. There were 103 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 49mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 257 views. The most popular post that day was Greenstones.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were gemstone.smfforfree4.com, wbx.me, en.wordpress.com, search.aol.com, and andy321.proboards.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for chlorastrolite, green stones, michigan state gem, flowering tube onyx, and michigan greenstone.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Greenstones June 2009
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A little bit about me March 2009

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Wire wrapping frenzy September 2009

A New Chapter

In life that is. I’m in a bit of a transition and have deactivated my Etsy shop as well as my market place on Metalworkers.org. I will be opening them up again and adding more pieces as soon as things are all settled. Wish me luck, say a little prayer and stay safe!!

Well even if I haven’t been able to cab very much I have been playing with rocks. This dino bone pendant has take me a couple of weeks to finish. What’s up with that? I just couldn’t end it or something.
The druzy Chrysocolla-Malachite rock is prize from a member on the taogem forum. The druzy is spectacular. The crystals are so clear and shine like you wouldn’t believe. I hope to cut it and make a couple of sparkly pendants soon. The cabs, moss agate and Stone canyon jasper. I cabbed them up last weekend, just hadn’t gotten around to posting so there they are..

The Moss agate is from Rare Rocks and gems’ awesome sales, and the Amazing Chryso-Malachite from Nuevo Mundo Imports

Stay dry and safe!

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In the last few weeks

Its been so hectic. Getting ready for a small Christmas show and then Christmas itself. The boutique turned out ok and it was really fun. I hadn’t set up for one in quite awhile and it turned out pretty good. I wrapped so many pieces that I burned out for a little while it seems. I didn’t even want to look at a piece of wire. So I cabbed a little, very little, went out and found a few pretty rocks. Mostly red jasper and pet wood. Until a few days ago a friend sent a few awesome cabs and wanted one wrapped. I was back into wire. I couldn’t stop! I’m just grateful it was the weekend since I got no sleep. lol I hope he likes his pendant half as much as I like the cab and slabs he sent me. I even got a lil cabbing in today. Looks like I’m slowly getting back in the swing.


Another long weekend coming up.. yay!
Hope this one was great for you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!



I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season, with lots of family, friends and good food..

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