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Monday, July 23, 2012

Day 4 Free Gemstone Cabochon Giveaway

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Back for more rocky conversation? :)

I was going to talk about the plume agates today, as I alluded to yesterday, but today's rock is another moss agate- I think. Let's look at it again.

Lots of clear agate and red and green moss
Reflections from the glassy polish and even a pocket of druzy on the front.
Yup, looks like Moss Agate.

Sometimes, it's hard to tell. The above images are the stone which will be drawn for today's stone. Let's look at a plume agate.

Unknown Plume Agate

Most Plume Agates come with a provenance and are known by their locality name and/or type of plume. This is clearly a colorful plume agate and a nice one to boot, but the location of it is not known, therefore, we don't know the name of this- other than pretty. But, you can clearly see the difference between the plume like inclusions and the mossy inclusions above. Sometimes, a picture says a thousand words much more effectively. This rough was given to me, as was the moss rough above it. I'm going to include this into Friday's grand drawing, as well. There is a little pocket of druzy on the top edge that you can make out, but it is on the girdle and should easily be covered.

Instead of my trying to tell you something that I haven't learned much about myself, I'm going to refer you to that really, really great agate site that I sent you to before: Agates with Inclusions. If you haven't been, do check it out. There's some killer eye candy there. I have been in touch with the owner and I'm hoping he has seen that Thistle Brush Agate that I posted about on day 2.

Today being Sunday (as I write this), I haven't cabbed or wrapped. I intended to, but took the day off instead. DH and I chilled out. Our little friend wanted to relax, too, but he wouldn't be missed. Can you say attention hound?? I think he was trying to tell us something. **Sigh** :)


So, how many days a week do you do something jewelry related? (Not counting wearing it.) Me, 5-7. Yeah, I need a life. :)

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No effort has been made to redraw a name for a better shot. My poor portrait taking skills and sleepy grand daughter combined for an unflattering photo of my little beauty, but that's just how it will have to be. She's such a trooper!






Congratulations Diane!!! Your name was drawn and you will be getting Sunday's moss agate and a chance to win the grand prize! Yay!!





39 comments:

  1. I stopped in early today. I really enjoy seeing your new posts. . .I am learning too, about agates!

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    1. I guess we are learning together then :)

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  2. I try to actually work on my jewelry 3-4 times a week, but if I'm not working on it then I'm either on the web getting inspiration, reading mags, books, or tuts.

    Thanks for the tip on the teardrops being easier to wrap. I wouldn't have ever thought that.

    Beautiful agates, really like the unknown plume.

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    1. Congratulations Diane!!!!! You won Sunday's drawing! :)

      I hear ya- either, I'm making jewelry, cabbing for jewelry, surfing for jewelry, selling jewelry.... well, you know what I mean. :) It borders on obsession.

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  3. First of all, our youngest kitty must have seen Cat above, because she was walking around the keyboard while I was trying to read. She's now settled down on my lap. She also watches Animal Planet with my hubby!

    I try to work on jewelry around 3 times a week, but I have additionally been studying and organizing my tutorials lately. I'm working on learning new skills.

    Joyce

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    1. How cute, watching Animal Planet. :) Cat is really mad at me right now because I just put his flea stuff on. :(

      Good for you for learning new skills!

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  4. Tela, I appreciate the education you are providing about the different types of stones you have cabbed!

    I tend to work on jewelry in spurts--whenever I need a little "art therapy"! Ha! Sometimes I choose a skill to practice/learn/improve upon, and other times I just follow my muse as I work.

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    1. It's always a good idea to follow your muse. It's really hard for me to force it- I usually just shut down.

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  5. Love that plume agate and the wrist warmer cat by the mouse too! - Looks a lot like my beloved, late Molly.
    I can spend almost everyday making, thinking, planning, dreaming something jewelry related. Sometimes I have to tear myself away to do other things, like eat, clean, cook, etc. I need help.

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    1. Cat is a trip! He's such a big baby and is always in the way of something.

      I think we are both obsessed with jewelry. :) I don't want a 12 step program, though.

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  6. Tela, I think about it every day and play with my wire five to six times a week. I also forget to eat and completely lose track of time. It's a good thing I have and understanding hubby!

    I love your kitty picture. Mine is more independent and when she sits with me I feel so honored!

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    1. I'm so glad my DH is so great about it, too. He's a real gem- my best and favorite gem. He's always been very supportive. Sounds like your guy is, too. :)

      I must admit, when I am not doing something jewelry related, I, like you, am thinking about something jewelry related.

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  7. Hey Tela, After losing 8 days, I can finally say I am going to live. Thank you for continuing my education. You have not only inspired me but I have learned so much from you.

    Cat looks very cozy on your arm!

    I spend 7 days a week working on jewelry, unless my 2 year old grandson is around, creating gives me the good energy I need.

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    1. I'm so glad you are on the mend! 8 days is a long time to feel miserable.

      Oh, that's not my arm, that would be my husband's arm. We sit across from each other at the table. DH has huge hands.

      You know, when your grand son gets a bit older, your going to have a grand time doing crafts with him. My oldest 2 are getting out of crafts, but my youngest(who's b'day is Wed.)is quite artistic and crafty. I don't think he will ever grow out of it.

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  8. Cindy H in Waco, TXJuly 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    I try to do something every day

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    1. Good for you- practice makes perfect. :) Do you bead, wire wrap, chainmaille...? Or, do you do a little of everything?

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  9. Okay, plume agates make me faint. Please let me try to win this one, please, please, please!

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    1. LOL! You know, I never saw any in person until I started cutting rocks and now I am transfixed by them, too. :) I so understand your sentiment.

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  10. I have days when I can't get started doing anything, but mostly, I do jewelry-related things seven days a week. I also have two assistants who get in my ... er, help me the way Cat helps you. Right now, I am trying not to develop the need to make my own cabs!

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    1. :) In all honesty, I don't regret cabbing one little bit. Well, I do have one regret and that is that it took me so long to do it. If I were you, I would totally do it.

      I have those days, too. Like yesterday....

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  11. Now this is one beautiful stone.... love the moss in it.
    Looks like an old oak tree, where the roots have gotten in a pond and it has moss on it... and when you look in the water and see this, it is a pleasure to look at....
    Not here to win, just tell ya what a beauty this stone is....
    keep up the good work.... just love it

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    1. Thanks :) Really, thank you for the visual.

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  12. Yay, Cat! I was going to ask you about him... (We do have a new baby girl, I should tell you. Her name is Halvah, and she's adorable where Fudge was regal, even when rolled on her back for a tummy rub. I got a new job -- at the West Coast equivalent of Jefferson Lab, go figure -- about the time Fudge died and don't post on Live Journal any more.)

    Anyway--I spend way too much time looking at the beautiful work done by other people and not enough on the mediocre work done by myself.

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    1. Congrats on your new kitty and your new job. My son is going back to college to get a job at JLab. Not only is it a great job, but, oh so interesting.

      I don't believe your work is mediocre. Get all the inspiration you can and when you are done percolating, go create a masterpiece! :)

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  13. I love your work and your cabs are looking great. I play with rocks and wire 5 to 7 days a week.
    I'm so disappointed that I haven't been entered in your contest. I have been replying to your email and din't realize I needed to come to the blog to be entered. My error, not yours.
    Love your kitty too. I have one that looks just like him.

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    1. Hi Gina :) Do you cab, too?

      Sorry, I never got any emails or I would have warned you and signed you up anyway.

      Cat says Hi- I'm sure he'd love you, too- he's just about the most personable cat I've ever had.

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    2. No I don't cab, but I would like too. I have a friend that does and she got some old used equipment from a rock club and the members taught her how to use it. She would love your new machines. I don't even dare show her...LOL
      My black and white kitty is named Mister. He is all dressed up in a tux with no place to go. I found him 11 years ago as tiny kitten, completely dehyrated and almost dead. I talked the vet into helping me save him and he has been loyal every since.

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  14. I only have one piece of plume agate and it is from Alaska. Love it and I especially love the colors in your example from unknown parts. It reminds me of an underwater painting!

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    1. I've been looking to buy some more. Of course, I have champagne taste and a beer budget. :) I'll just keep an eye out for a bargain.

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  15. Congrats, Diane!

    Tela, can I hire your furry ergotherapist for some weeks? I think he could do wonders for my hurting hands, by reducing my computer/mouse time. He's so selfless - it must be quite uncomfortable to drape over a wrist like that. ;-)
    He's so adorable!

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    1. Cat is a selfless creature, no doubt. :) If he could help you, you could borrow him for free. :)

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  16. I try for one afternoon a week for jewellery making - that doesn't always happen so I surf the net for inspiration 7 days a week to make up for it, lol! The last time I took leave from work I made a piece of jewellery everyday for the 1st week - it was heaven. I would love to be more than just a jewellery voyeur but time and place don't always coincide :(

    The plume agate, btw, is beautiful but them the moss agate isn't too shabby either!

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    1. I hate it when the real world interferes with jewelry time. I feel for you. It's especially tough when you have a great idea to work on and no time to do it.

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  17. Wow, I love that moss agate! That reddish color is pretty.

    How many days a week do I do something jewelry-related? Seven. Even when I'm not making it, I'm reading and writing about it. :)

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    1. I know, Sarah, you always seem to have something going on. I read about your party coming up in the Fall, too- great idea! You are so organized- you are my idol! :)

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  18. congrats to all the previous winners!
    thank you, tela, for the little bit of education on those lovely chunks of rock we all love so much, and that linkie to the fantastic rock pic website! i just realized i can say im a rock fan in more ways than one! :D i think i love collecting pretty semi precius stones to make jewelry out of, almost more than the making of the jewelry itself. :)
    (and you have a pretty little granddaughter, she looks to be about the age of my oldest little granddaughter <3 she is a little trooper for helping grandmama out)

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    1. Hi Denise :) I don't know when it was that I realized I am a rock addict, but I think I was one long before I admitted it to myself.

      My little sweetheart is 11 almost 12. She just got finished drawing your name, too. :) Congratulations!

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  19. Hi Tela,
    I have been MIA for a couple of months. Life keeps getting in the way of hobbies.
    I have been trying to keep up with the blog.
    Love to read about all your new cabbing and love learning about these facination rocks you keep finding. Anyway I am almost caught back up and hope to pick up my own plies soon.
    LAS

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    1. Hey girl! Good to see you again :) Don't worry, I know all about life getting in the way of fun. But, you're not to late too join in. :)

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