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Friday, February 24, 2012

Crayola Jasper Experiment

It's easy to tell why this is called Crayola Jasper. The colors are fabulous! I tried finding some interesting facts about this material to share with you, but all I know is that it is mined by one man in northern Nevada and is very rare. I haven't seen many cabs of this and this may be the best one I've seen. For true pastel colors, you just can't beat this stuff! It's really hard as jaspers are and takes a beautiful, glassy polish.

I first posted about this stone here and, of course, it was about the color. I could have posted about the shape, too because it is one of my favorite cuts... which brings me to the point of this post.

The picture you see is just an experiment. There are a few issues with it, but I wanted to share, anyway. My goal is to redo this in silver when I get up the courage. I'm going to change a few little things but it'll remain the same for the most part.



Last weekend I was too sick to go with the family to the Smithsonian in DC, so this weekend I am having some girl time with nail polish, my one daughter and my SIL. It should be fun. I guess, it is the equivalent to taking off fishing. I won't have my tools- no jewelry, at all. When I get back, I should be nice and jewelry fresh. :)

8 comments:

  1. Oh Tela, I wouldn't change a thing. This is Art Deco at its finest. I love how you created the bail. This one makes me want to exclaim, "Ooo la la!!"

    Have fun trading your jewelry tool for a nail polishing tool!!

    ~Susan

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    1. Hi there, Susan :)Thanks for the compliment :) I guess it's easy to see how my mind works. I always gravitate towards the simple. LOL!

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  2. Tela, This is an incredible stone. The colors are amazing. Jasper has to be one of my favorites as it comes in so many varieties. Your wrapping is beautiful. At first look, I thought the two curved wires at the top were too long. The more I study the piece, they tie the whole together and add to the Art Deco look. This will look grand in silver.

    Enjoy the girl time with a manicure!

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    1. Hi Christine :) Yes, I haven't had a manicure in a looooong time. My hands and nails are so rough from work, they need it. My daughter is on a nail art kick lately and has about 100 colors!

      I'm glad you like the piece. I have definite ideas for improvement when I redo it. I'll be doing it soon. I'll post it when I am done so we can all compare.

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  3. Beautiful stone and beautiful wrap! I love jaspers. They come in such a wide variety.

    Enjoy your Girl Time! It's funny -- I can't remember the last time I did something like that. Makes me want to have an old-fashioned sleepover with guacamole facial masques!

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    1. Hey Sarah- I don't do it often, but it's fun when I do. :) Nothing like having just the girls around.

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  4. The bail is so interesting and I love the two side wires that bend down and get wrapped in. I can't imagine how you got the stone top to be so clean.

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    1. Thank you, Mary :) I'm hoping I'll do it as neatly with silver. (crossed fingers)

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