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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cherry Creek Jasper

I had put off getting any Cherry Creek Jasper because I had heard some negative reviews of it. I had heard that it was real soft from several people. After talking to my "neighborhood" lapidary friend, I found out that is soft because it is silicated mud. Lots of the stones we use are, that doesn't bother me. That's also why it doesn't take a glossy hard shine. I suspect that a lot of it is found with a coating. I asked my friend if he had any and he did, so I had to go ahead and get some and check it out. :)

Modern Abstract Red & Green Cherry Creek Jasper Designer Pendant
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Nice pattern, huh? :) My grandaughter said it looked like it was painted. She's right, it does.

I used my beaded wrap for this and tweaked it a bit. The bail is hammered 14g and very strong. All in all, I am very pleased with this and with Cherry Creek Jasper.

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  1. Hey Tela, How are you feeling? This is a gorgeous stone. Your grand daughter is right, it does look like it was painted. The colors and designs are beautiful. The wrap you gave was once again, outstanding! Did you tumble this stone or is it too soft? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Christine :) Thank you so much for asking. I am much better. Don't you just hate the nagging, lingering yucks??

      No, I did not tumble this one. It may or may not take it. I have heard that you shouldn't, so I didn't take the chance. The guy who cut this says that the first lot he cut, took no shine, at all. So, it was even softer. I'm leaning towards this one being able to take it, but I'm not going to risk it.

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  2. All I can see is the special and unique wirework! I'm in awe of this particular cage and I love that it is floating, it makes me want to buy the tute so I can figure out how you did it:))

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    1. LOL! Once you see how it's done it all becomes crystal clear. It's pretty simple, in fact. Really glad you like it, Mary. :)

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  3. I love that stone, and the way you wrapped it is just perfect. Your wrapping is awesome -- so clean, so perfect for the stones you use, and so different from the wraps I've seen other people do. :)

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    1. Awwwww.... Thanks, Sarah :) That was so nice to hear. :)

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  4. Love the wrap! That's a very nice stone--love the deep color combination.

    Red Creek (also known as Cherry Creek and Picasso Jasper) is fragile but I think it's still worth the risk of breakage to use it since it is so pretty. One of my cabs was thin and cracked along vein line (I still wear it since the crack isn't really noticeable). A friend dropped one of her cabs on a concrete floor and it also broke along the vein. I'm bezel setting the other Red Creek cab I have. I think it will be protected more in case the finished piece is dropped. I definitely would not put it in the tumbler!

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    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for the complement and the info.

      I have seen this referred to as Picasso also, however, it is not like the black and gray material that I have used. That is also called jasper, but called a marble, too. I have never had a problem with those stones. It gets confusing. I've also heard that the colored red/cherry creek is from China only. Whereas, the Picasso marble I've had is not.

      Over the years, I have seen so much material that goes by similar names. It's hard to tell sometimes what's what.

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  5. Tela, this is gorgeous! I love the stone...have many many many of these stones. But you are right, it is very soft. Despite having so many, I worked with only two so far. And I scratched one of them bad because I did wire work on top of it. The other one was fine because I only made a bail for it.

    I love the warmth of copper with it. I have only used silver with this stone, but after seeing yours, I think copper looks better with it. The lines of your design are so clean and elegant! Very warm, elegant, beautiful design!

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    1. Hi Swati :) Sorry so long getting back to you. Sometimes, Blogger decides not to tell me someone commented. :(

      The guy that cut this said it was way harder than some of the other stuff he's cut. I guess it varies a lot. This one posed no problem at all. Sorry you scratched yours. I know I really kick myself when I mess up one of my stones.

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