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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 3 Free Gemstone Cabochon Giveaway

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Good Sunday, everyone! ready for another day of rocks? :)

I'll be brief today.

Todays' stone is a 40x33mm Plume agate. (At least, that's what it looks like to me. I told you, I'm not an agate expert. ;) ) This stone was given to me by a beader who also cabs and would like to learn wire wrapping, too. She does beautiful beadwork. If she wraps half as nice, I'll have some stiff competition.

Like moss agate, this stone is also included, but instead of mossy inclusions, it has inclusions that look like billows of blooming colorful clouds in clear and white agate. This stone has tight clusters.




I'll have more about plume agate in an upcoming post which includes another plume agate.

Speaking of plume agates, here's another that was given to me. This one was one of my first cabs, given to me by Randy, who taught me to cab. :) It has a tiny, sparkly druzy pocket on the front.

I'll include this 36x24mm stone in the grand prize. It isn't the greatest plume agate in the world, but the little sparkle there in the front makes it quite nice. :)

Today's question:  What is your favorite shape of cabochon?

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Thanks for commenting! This has been great! And, without further delay.....


The names that went into the hat:

Joyce
Zoraida
Cindy H.
Kit
Shiny
Shaolingrrl
Kay B.
Mary Hicks
Auf Draht (Renate)
Vicky
Denise Hall
Diane F.
Deb Stevens



The name that was drawn:  Auf Draht (Renate) Congratulations Renate!! :) I will send you the moss agate and enter you for the grand prize drawing :)

Keep commenting, there's plenty more chances to play. :)


35 comments:

  1. Another pendant with such unusual patterning.

    I really don't have a favorite shape cab. It has more to do with the wrap/set. You've done some amazing work with asymmetrical shapes, as well as more common ones.

    Joyce

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    1. Thank you, Joyce :) I have to say, I am partial to triangles and shields, but like you said, it depends on the finished product.

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  2. Can't say I have a favorite yet, still learning and have only done a few basic oval wraps. But I do like the teardrop and triangular shapes.

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    1. Hi Diane :) The tear drop, to me, is the easiest and fastest wrap to do. And, it lends itself to lots of possibilities. If I were just learning, I'd stay away from ovals. They seem to be the hardest actually.

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  3. Cindy H in Waco, TXJuly 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    My favorite shape is the teardrop.

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    1. Hey Cindy, Tear drop is very versatile- good choice. I prefer to use it upside down.

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  4. Lovely pattern!

    The shape I'm immediately drawn to is marquise, or even better, ridged marquise. Then kite, and all kinds of triangles and drops. Points and sticks and arrows. Ovals and shields, too. ;-) Though, circles, squares, rectangles aren't bad either, in particular when they are very thin... any shape I haven't mentioned yet? LOL! ;-)

    You are working with template shapes, right? I wonder, there must be
    a lot of the slab left over after you have cut your shapes. What do you do with those leftovers? I could imagine there are some interesting irregular small shapes which could be made into little charms or beads or (mismatching) earrings.

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    1. LOL! I think you covered all of them. :)

      I do use templates, but I do freeform, too. There isn't as much left of the slab as you would think. Depending on the material, you need some room between the marks to manage to cut the shapes without damage on the trim saw. I do have small pieces left. They are suitable for tumbling. I haven't made that investment, yet. I have my tumbler for jewelry, but it's a different thing to tumble lots of stones. Randy tumbles leftovers to make very nice little pendants to sell at shows. They are very popular. I would do earrings, I think.

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    2. Almost forgot to say... Congratulations!

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  5. Tela...I am drawn to all of them, but especially marquis shapes and kite shapes. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    1. Hi Susan, I like those shapes, too. I wonder, though, what is the difference between a shield and a kite, do you think? Straight sides?

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  6. I am just learning to wrap cabs, and have not worked with many shapes yet, so I'll have to hold off on declaring a favorite! This cab looks like there is a storm going on inside it!

    Congratulations to Renate on her win, but I've still got my fingers crossed for myself!

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    1. I have my fingers crossed for you, too. :)

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  7. I prefer my stones to have rounded edges no matter what general shape they are.Sharp points can crack and break too easily.
    You have done some beautiful
    cabbing :-)

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    1. Funny you should say that- I was so proud of my sharp points when I started because it wasn't easy to keep them, at least, not for me. Now, I round them over a little. But, my earlier ones will be ok- especially the agates. I can't tell you how many sharp stones I've successfully wrapped.

      Thanks Deb :)

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  8. In my usual wimpy fashion, I'll say shields and/or kites. I would guess that kites are pointier and have straighter sides.

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    1. I was thinking that, too. I really like working with shields and kites. The apex is a natural termination that keeps things all lined up. It's almost like cheating! LOL!

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  9. Can't believe the bug I caught from my grandson has caused me to miss the fun! Your grand daughter is beautiful! I like kite shapes and ovals. I have been captivated by all the unusual shapes you have shared.

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    1. I'm so sorry, Christine. :( When my grandkids moved back in, I caught one yucky cold after the other. I had never been exposed to them before. I guess we have to take the blessings with the curses.

      I'll tell her you said that. :) She has been a real trooper. I've been waking her up and she hasn't complained, at all. She's not old enough to be terribly vain about the pictures. I don't have to wait for make up and hair. But, I think she's darling without all that anyway.

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  10. Trying again, love those cabs! Keep em coming!

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  11. Hi Tela...another gorgeous stone. It is a lot of fun to look and ooh and ahh everyday at your lovely cabs! Thanks for the fun and excitment!

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    1. You are very welcome, Kit. I'm hoping you win one, so you can see them up close and personal. :)

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  12. Wow, what beautiful stones!

    My favorite shape... hmm. I've only worked with round and oval before, so I'm the most comfortable with them, but I really like crazy freeform shapes. I bet they'd be a challenge to work with. :)

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    1. Challenging AND fun. I find the best shapes are the odd shapes. :)

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  13. My favorite shapes are the unusual ones, wrapped by a designer who lets the rock have all the glory, with very little wire showing, in Deco-ish patterns. Maybe that's part of the reason I'm such a fan!

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    1. Awww, thanks, Shiny. I hope I continue to live up to that praise. :)

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  14. What a big surprise! I truly didn't expect to win, because I NEVER win!
    I'm really really thrilled to have won! ;-))))

    Thank you for the fun and for your generosity, Tela, and please say thank you to Pretty in Pink who picked my name. ;-)

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy for you. :)

      BTW My grand daughter says thank you. :)

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  15. I've never wrapped a cab before so I don't have a preference from that angle but the ones I really like to look at are sort of "s" shaped, all sinuous and sexy - no idea what the shape is called.

    Renate, congratulations! I can tell you're excited - it's very cool for you in a very Dr who-ish way :)

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    1. Hey Vicky :) I usually call those shapes flames and yes, they are sexy and fun to work with.

      Is it cool like bow ties?? I love Dr. who!

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  16. Hi Tela,

    I just back. We've been on a bike trip. Is it too late to join in next time? I would be so honored to win one of you cabs!

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    1. Welcome back, Kate :) Nope, it's not too late. As long as the comment is in by the posting of the next one- you're good to go. :)

      Hope you had fun and didn't overheat (too much). :)

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  17. Almost missed this today. I haven't been at home or on the internet since Friday. I like freeform shapes that are triangles or shields also. Teardrops are nice too.

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  18. Hi Kathy, glad you could make it. I just finished and scheduled the next one. There's some real pretty ones tomorrow, too. :)

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