Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Colored Wire, Tab Setting and Doming Discs

Well, another year has gotten behind us. I just want to say for the record that last year... sucked. Sorry, there is just no other way to put it. Being an optimist at heart, I'm just gonna put that behind me and march forward. :)

I have a kind of system worked out. During the warm months, I cab and do wire wrapping. When it cools off, I can't cab anymore, so I explore other things and try to get some soldering in.

With the coming of the cool season, I tried something new... colored wire for wire wrapping. I won't say the brand, but I will say that I wasn't fond of it. I can see how working with color can be awesome- especially for me, the magpie. Flash something bright my way and I am attracted right over the cliff.

The one and only project that I finished did benefit greatly from color, I think. I just don't like working with the coated copper, at all. The wires were different hardnesses. The color coat nicked easily. The wire wasn't quite hard enough. I bought online and found the colors to be off from what was advertised.

I did this piece as being inspired by Autumn.


Nature's Paintbrush and colored wire

Nature's Paintbrush and colored wire
Nature's Paintbrush and colored wire

Another new thing I have tried is tab setting. It all began with my grandson. He has an adorable tortoise named, Tank. He loves turtles and tortoises. I saw a pendant that looked like a turtle. It was a tabbed pendant with a cabochon for the shell. I just knew I had to make one for him. Well, I did. It was a quickie, but it came out pretty nice. My grandson wears it constantly.

First I had to figure out the pattern and glue it down to the copper.



Then I had to saw it out...
...separate and bend the prongs up.
I inserted the Petoskey stone from Michigan and folded over the prongs. I added some diamond facets on the body which sparkle like mad in the light.

After doing the turtle, I was hooked. These are really fun little projects to do and you can do it all sorts of ways. I'm working on another now.


Tab Set Noreena Jasper and copper
Tab Set Noreena Jasper and copper
Tab Set Bruneau Jasper in Copper (ignore the dust)

Tab Set Bruneau Jasper in Copper
Tab Set Chrysocolla and copper
Tab Set Chrysocolla and copper

After Christmas, I typically go on a tool buying binge. It helps me to relieve the stress of the holidays... yeah- right. :) This year, my wonderful husband gave me some awesome tools before Christmas. I got a very nice quality dapping block set and a Pepe disc cutter. I haven't had a lot of time to play with them yet. I did get a few done to show you, though. These were each lessons.

 I love the finish on this pair of earrings. The pictures do them no justice. This was my first pair.
Domed Copper earrings
I made these for my granddaughter. She loves them.

Hammered Copper Dome Earrings
This was a little bigger and domed more deeply. I used stainless steel wire shapes to beat the pattern into annealed metal.

Swirl Pattern Domed Copper Pendant

Aside from these little side projects, I have been wire wrapping, of course, and getting reacquainted with my torch. I have several solder projects up next.

That's it for now. Hope y'all are happy creating.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Great News!

Dear Readers,

I am happy to report that the preliminary report of my daughter's condition suggests that she does not have cancer. Wow. That was so simple to say. It doesn't even hint at all the angst that has roiled in me for the last near month.

My daughter is 32. But, lying there in the hospital bed, she still looked like my little baby to me. Each time she had an interaction with a healthcare provider, I felt like the proverbial mother bear. I wanted to grab and shake anyone who didn't give her the "proper" attention. I wanted to micro manage and be an over bearing pain in the ass. I mean, really, this was MY kid. I made her. No one was going to make her feel bad unless they went through me first. Yes, it was surprising to me how I felt. Luckily, her team was wonderful in the extreme.

My daughter had cause to go to the emergency room about a month ago. After a CT scan of her abdomen, everyone involved was left with the distinct impression that she had ovarian cancer. She was referred to a GYN who also told us she had cancer. At the very least, the doctor said, she would never have kids again. It was that news which disturbed my daughter the most. I was slapped back a few times. I took it for granted that I had three wonderful kids, and here she was faced with having none. I sat with her, intensely feeling her pain as one pregnant lady after another came through the office. What a torture... I can only imagine. I sat, worrying for her life, yet keeping up a strong front. There she sat, mourning the children she would never have.

Next we visited a GYN oncologist. Here was our first breath of hope. He wasn't convinced it was cancer. So, we waited for the day of surgery and the final verdict. We each had our own way of dealing with our issues. Funny that we both threw ourselves into work. Like mother, like daughter.

I had plenty of time to worry about what might happen. I had plenty of time to think about our lives together. I'd love to say that it has always been good and easy. However, mothers and daughters typically do not have a history of easy relationships. We had our bumps. We are over them now, but there was a time when we didn't even speak. I know that she feels that I let her down in some respects. We have agreed to disagree and we just do not discuss the things that bring us to loggerheads. Having this scare in our lives, I think, has made us closer. I think she knows that I will always have her back. No matter what she will always be my little girl.

Thank you all for the messages and prayers. :) ((HUGS))


Sunday, August 23, 2015

And Now for Some Jewelry

The last two posts were rockin'. Let's do some jewelry now. During my long absence from the blog I wasn't making very many new things, however, more recently, I have been very busy. Here are a few:

Angelite from Peru with Swiss Blue Topaz
Angelite from Peru and Swiss Blue Topaz


Large Green Victoria Stone Pendant
Large Green Victoria Stone Pendant
Death Valley Plume Agate Wingate Pass Pendant
Death Valley Plume Agate Wingate Pass Pendant- very rare
Kyanite Pendant
Kyanite Pendant
Kyanite Earrings
Kyanite Earrings
Indonesian Petrified Coral Pendant
Indonesian Petrified Coral Pendant
Sci Fi Exotica Porcelain Jasper Pendant
Sci Fi Exotica Porcelain Jasper Pendant
Sci Fi Exotica Porcelain Jasper Earrings
Sci Fi Exotica Porcelain Jasper Earrings

... and last but not least a teensee weensee wittle pair of gorgeous cut bulls eye malachite. (I didn't cut these.) Are these not fabulous? I love them. :)

bulls eye malachite earrings
bulls eye malachite earrings
 So, tomorrow is the big day.... my daughter has her surgery and we will have a much better idea of what is going on. Either, she can be done with all this by Tues., or it will be the beginning of a long journey.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Another Favorite: Kabamby Jasper

As you may know, my favorite stone is the Ocean Jasper. It is a rock full of surprises. They are all so different and with their own character.

Take my last favorite, which I affectionately call "Precious".
 

 This cab has everything going for it except for some druzy, which I, personally, am not crazy about.

Well I just cabbed another Ocean Jasper that I've fallen equally in love with. But wait! I can't really call it an ocean jasper.

Ocean Jasper is the trademarked name of a type of orbicular jasper which is found in one location in Madagascar:  Marovato. Those are more agate than jasper and have more color variety.

What I am discussing now is an orbicular jasper from Kabamby, Madagascar. This is like a true jasper- opaque. These stones can closely resemble Ocean Jasper and in fact are often called Ocean Jasper, however, only Marovato orbicular jasper can be called Ocean jasper. Confused? Add this:  The kabamby orbicular jasper actually has a trade name, though no one ever uses it. It is called Sea Jasper. Both Sea Jasper and Ocean Jasper are found near or in the ocean off Madagascar. They are found only miles from each other, too.

Kabamby Jasper Slab from Madagascar

Kabamby jasper, which it is more often called, rather than Sea Jasper, is comprised of shades of green and gold with some pink and cream. My beauty has it all. It has a distinct opaque look. It has the dark green along with stunning pink and some great white contrast. It is the contrast in this stone which really sets it apart. Well, that and the rings, and the color, and the lily pad orbs, ...

Kabamby cabbed and in the sunlight

I wasted no time in wrapping this big beauty up!

Kabamby Jasper Pendant

And.... I couldn't resist a close up of those great orbs!



That's it for now, had to share my pretty.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Double Stone Wrap

Hello out there in blogville. It's been awhile since I wrote last. A lot has happened since then. Mostly bad stuff. Personal, family and health stuff that made me not want to work or blog for a long time. But, my muse is back. It came back with a vengeance, too! I was looking at wraps from the past and decided to do another double stone wrap or two stone wrap.

The first double stone wrap I did, way back when, was pretty difficult to do owing to the stones that I used.

Double Stone Wrap:  Malachite and Moss Agate

 The next two went a little easier. 


Double Stone Wrap:  Oregon "Cornflake" Carnelian and Brazilian Yellow Quartz
 
Double Stone Wrap:  Phosphosiderite and Gemmy Argentina Rhodochrosite

I spent hours pouring over all of my finished cabs for potential mates. I found lots of colorful potential mates. Some may not be practicable, but some might just be perfect together. Here are just a few possibilities.

Gaspeite and Larimar
Gaspeite and Larimar

Natural Birds Eye Kingman Turquoise and Morenci Chrysocolla Malachite Azurite
Natural Birds Eye Kingman Turquoise and Morenci Chrysocolla Malachite Azurite

Extra Juicy Gemmy Rhodochrosite and Gem Silica
Extra Juicy Gemmy Rhodochrosite and Gem Silica


Gem Amazonite and Bulls Eye Rhodochrosite
Gem Amazonite and Bulls Eye Rhodochrosite

Sparkling Raspberry Aventurine and Pink Kunzite
Sparkling Raspberry Aventurine and Pink Kunzite

And, since I was on a roll and really enjoying the process of matching up potentials, I pulled out some slabs, too. I had a blast! I have always been more attracted to bright colored stones. (I think I was a magpie in my past life!) But, the prospect of mixing patterns and textures with colors was exiting, too.

I got some pictures of the slabs for you, though they didn't turn out so good. You have to understand, too, that these are not wet nor polished so you have to use your imagination a little. I did dozens of combos, but I'll just share a few.


WY Sagebrush Jasper and Bronzite
WY Sagebrush Jasper and Bronzite

Syringopora Fossil Coral and Possibly a Petrified Wood
Syringopora Fossil Coral and Possibly a Petrified Wood

Tabu Tabu Brecciated Red Jasper and Rose Quartz
Tabu Tabu Brecciated Red Jasper and Rose Quartz

Little River Pocket Agate and Sonora Chrysocolla
Little River Pocket Agate and Sonora Chrysocolla

Lemon Chrysoprase and Chrysocolla in Quartz
Lemon Chrysoprase and Chrysocolla in Quartz (colors better in person)

Youngite and British Barite
Youngite and British Barite (orangy yellowy in person)

Rare Nundorite and Amazonite
Rare Nundorite and Amazonite

Michigan Stones Puddingstone and Copper Red Jasper
Michigan Stones Puddingstone and Copper Red Jasper

Cheetah Agate and Dalmation Jasper
Cheetah Agate and Dalmation Jasper (Colors nicer in person)

Death Valley Indian Paint Stone and Pulsite
Death Valley Indian Paint Stone and Pulsite (Both Very Rare)

Bloodstone (dark green on red) and Snowflake Obsidian
Inverse Bloodstone (dark green on red) and Snowflake Obsidian

 All that and I didn't even bust out the really good stuff! I had to save some of the fun for another time. 

And, I do have some personal news I'd like to share. It will make me feel a little better to get it off my chest. You may remember that my nephew whipped Leukemia. Well, now my 31 year old daughter may have ovarian cancer. We will likely know for sure on August 24th during her surgery with her oncologist, or 2 weeks after that. The oncologist says she has her age going for her. Needless to say we live on pins and needles. Part of my new found energy is nervous energy and the need to stay busy. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers and I will give updates.

Happy Wrapping!!!