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Friday, July 27, 2012

Final Day Free Gemstone Cabochon Giveaway

Scroll down for Thursday's name
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Today is the last day of the giveaway.


Today's stone is a fabulous, wonderful, outstanding, colorful, rarely seen, unique, big, stunning jasper agate. Was that enough adjectives?? Of course, this is a completely subjective thing, but one has to appreciate it's relative rarity (I believe) and uniqueness. This is a blue agate (*swoon*) with red jasper (*more swooning*) and to top it off, it has some green flecks of something in it. This is a big (42mmx27mm) stone. I cut it from a slice of rock, freeform style, without a template. I followed the rock. 

I saved this for last because I think it is so awesome. I'm no expert by any means, but I have seen a lot of rocks, and this one is unique. This was given to me by a man who lives near the source in Washington state. This guy does really awesome work with groove wrapping. He's the one who inspired me to do it. He doesn't have a site or anything to show you, you'll just have to trust me. :

I  have been adding to the last drawing all week. Today, I am adding another one.

44x24mm

Do you recognize this?? It has a super glassy polish and it's really hard. I just finished this today. I did something different just for the helluvit. I left the corner miter lines. You can make it out in the picture. This is super reflective, so the picture looks funny, but it is a really nice cab.

Here are all the extra cabs.


Today, I will draw the last name for yesterday's stone and announce it as usual. I will then put all the names that have been drawn during the week back into the hat and draw one more time for all the stones pictured above, plus the one you were drawn for. I will announce the winner tomorrow morning. I'm rotten, making you wait, I know. :)

Good luck!!

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Y'all want to know a secret? I didn't know this and think it's interesting. Lapidary folks use good old crazy glue to work on rocks all the time and they aren't even ashamed of it or try to hide it. Well... it's crazy glue, but with no preservatives. It goes bad faster, but it's the same thing.

It was really weird for me to go from shunning glue like the plague as a wire wrapper, to embracing it with happiness as a lapidary. The glue is used to fill fractures, fill pits, put rocks back together after a break and used like bondo on a car to fill voids. After the glue hardens, it can be polished just like the rock.

Check this out:

This Tiffany stone was a freebie slab from and eBay seller. I was working on it and a big piece blew out of the side. I could have chucked it. It's not the greatest stone. However, I decided to practice some gluing on it instead. If you look real hard, you might see what the next pictures demonstrate.




That whole clear bubbly area that now looks like quartz or agate is thick crazy glue that I used to fill the hole from the back and on the side. You see that green in it? LOL! That was my screw up learning opportunity. I filled the void from the back while it was still on the dopstick. After I realized it, I ran to put it in the freezer to get it off. When it popped off, some of the green wax got into the wet glue. Ewww... not attractive!

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Today's question- Can you name that stone I asked you about- the one I added to the big drawing? :)

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And now it's time for the last name to be drawn for the chance to get the grand prize. This name will receive the Hicoryite.

These names went into the hat:

Auntie Amy
livewire (Joyce)
Watercolors by Susan Roper
Kay B.
Cindy H
daizi55 (Debi)
Kate
Kathy
Denise Hall
Saturday Sequins
Shiny
Vicky F
shaolingrrl
Auf Draht (Renate)
Diane F.
Susan



Congratulations Amy!!!! Yay! You get today's stone and the chance to get them all tomorrow. :)

Thank you everyone for playing! I'll have some stats for you tomorrow as well as the lucky last name. I'll go and try to catch up with all the comments now. Boy, it's been hard to keep up :)





38 comments:

  1. That big stone you're adding looks, to my untrained eye, like a type of agate. The colors and swirls make for a really beautiful stone.

    This has been a great contest, Tela. I've learned a lot.

    Joyce

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    1. Thanks Joyce and I'm glad you were here for it. :)

      It does seem like an agate as hard as it is and as glossy as it is, but it isn't.

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  2. Not a clue about the added stone but I love the mitred corners, they give such depth to the stone.

    The giveaway stone is beautiful, too. Probably my favourite from all the stones you had up for grabs. i love the idea that you followed the rock and went freeform - just beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing all your insights and "learning opportunities", LOL!

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    1. Thank you, Vicky. I love those corners, too. It's not a new technique- I just haven't done it before myself.

      It is a very beautiful stone. I'm glad you like it as much as I do. :)

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  3. I'm betting you asked if we recognized the stone you added today because it's one you've showed us before, maybe you posted a picture of the rough. Or maybe it's just some random agate :o)

    I LOVE today's fabulous jasper!! The freeform is my favorite cab shape -- this one in particular. I can already picture how I would wrap it ... hmmm ... :o)

    This is so much fun -- thanks, Tela!

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    1. You are close- I have showed it before. :)

      You are also yesterday's winner, so you will have a chance at getting this stone. Yay!

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  4. Before I look at any answers, I'm going to make my guess. Stones are completely new to me so I am clueless but I did look at some pictures. Could it be Botswana Agate? I see some of the same colors and shininess.

    Tela, it's amazing how much you know. You are a bundle of information and you have such a knack for presenting it and making it interesting. I can't believe how quickly you've learned to make cabs! Thank you again!

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    1. Nope, not Botswana- though it is shiny like an agate.

      Thank you for the great feedback. I'm glad you have enjoyed reading. :)

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  5. I am going to guess that the cab is Hickoryite Jasper. The color and pattern are very similar to yesterday's stone of the day. I really love the colors. I am always drawn to stones that will look good with copper.

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    1. DING! DING! DING! You guessed it! It is Hickoryite cut from the same slab as the other. Man, this stuff was hard. I think you're right, it would look good in silver.

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  6. Ok...I'm going to guess Noreena Jasper.

    It sure is pretty, love the mitered corners. The jasper agate is beautiful.
    Going to have to buy a book or two so I can better identify my stone...anyone have any good recommendations?

    This sure has been fun...good luck all!

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    1. Nope.

      I need a couple books myself. I have gemstones books, but I have been unable to find what I want in a cabochon (rock and/or mineral) book.

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  7. This has really been fun, Tela. I have no idea what stone that cab is, but I'm thinking some kind of agate.

    While I'm definitely rooting for my name to be drawn, I wish everyone in Friday's draw the best of luck. I can't wait to receive my red jasper and get wrapping!

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    1. So good of you to wish everyone luck. I'm pretty anxious to see the winner myself :)

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  8. Hey Tela, I am going to guess some kind of jasper. The crazy glue is amazing. Thank you for sharing so much. I have to say I am bummed my name didn't go into the hat yesterday as I did leave a comment. Oh well!!

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    1. Oh no! Christine! Let's see, yesterday's drawing (Thurs) would have been for Wednesday's comments and Wednesday's stone.

      Here is who I had for leaving a comment on a Wednesday

      livewire
      Kit
      Kate
      Kay B.
      Watercolors by Susan Roper
      Cindy H
      Christine
      Kathy
      Shiny
      Gina
      Auntie Amy
      Vicky F
      shaolingrrl
      Saturday Sequins
      Denise Hall
      Diane F.
      Deb Stevens
      Auf Draht (Renate)

      I see you were included. I'm going to email you to straighten this out. I feel terrible!

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  9. Alas, this week's fun is coming to a close, but it sure has been fun. I've struck out every day of the drawings, but I have also seen so many stones that were identified and were so interesting to see.

    Good job, Tela!

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    1. Susan-- you did win one!!!! You must have missed yesterday's winner. :)

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    2. Duh...I think my mind took a vacation that day. I was so glad to get your e-mail telling me that I did win! Now, I am breathlessly awaiting hearing the winner of the Grand Prize. This has been fun, interesting, informative and just a great week here!

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  10. I didn't have a clue what stone it was until I read Kathy's comment. (I think she should win it just because she is the only one who knew what it is!) I love the mitered corners!

    This has been a wonderful week, Tela, and I have learned so much. Thank you for the education.

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  11. Good morning Tela... Hope you are having a very pleasant day.
    The stone looks just like "Brecciated Jasper" to me, but then again.. lol

    I think the grand prize stone looks like "Bloodstone Jasper"... Bloodstone Jasper has beautiful colors in them, and sometimes you will find where the stone is more blue than the teal..
    Cant wait to find out the name....lol
    Have a BEAUTIFUL day

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    1. Hi Debi, nope it is actually the same as yesterday's stone- hickoryite. :) I was just working on a bloodstone. There are 2 kinds- the traditional one that is darkest green with red spots and the kind they call "fancy" that's probably the one you are thinking of and it does kinda look like that.

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  12. Cindy H in Waco, TXJuly 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Not a clue lol

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  13. I'm not sure what the mystery stone is, but it's gorgeous!!!

    Which reminds me -- when I first moved into my house, I found some rough slabs of rock in the grass near the driveway. I'm thinking, a cabber must have lived here and thrown out his or her collection. If I can find the slabs, maybe I'll send them to you. :)

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    1. LOL! Maybe it's an omen that YOU start cabbing :) I wonder who would get rid of them like that? That's curious.

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  14. I thought it looked like Apache Flame Agate. I also did not see my name in todays drawing :( Thats ok, these things can e tricky. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Hi Gina Apache flame agate.... I haven't had one of those, but it sure sounds good.

      I went and looked at the names on the page again and I didn't see yours. But, Blogger does strange things sometimes. Go figure. I'm really sorry. :(

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  15. thanks for this fun contest, tela! ive really enjoyed being a part of it, and i even won a beautiful cab! i cant wait to receive it. :) i know i'll drool over it and fondle it for awhile before i actually contemplate wrapping it in wire. its definitely a special thing, so its setting will have to be very special, too. ^^
    good luck to all the people whose names are in the hat for the grand prize!
    thanks again tela, ive had a wonderful time! your blog is one of my most favorite bookmarked places to visit. :)

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    1. Thank you very much for such a nice sentiment. :) I hope when you make something you send me a picture. I'm sure it will be awesome!

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  16. I have a poor memory, but wasn't this colourful stone with the funny name in yesterdays blog post only? Hick- hick- darn! -hickory-ite!?

    This was a fun week with a lot of eye candy, and I even won (very unusual) a lovely cabochon. Today's agate, and the whole set including the gorgeous triangle moss makes me drool over the keyboard. But, for the unlikely case that I should win the whole set in the big drawing, I promise to share at least 3 of the stones with those who have entered but haven't won anything yet!

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    1. Hi Renate :) Yup, hickoryite.

      Very generous thought :) Let's see who wins.

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  17. Good luck, everyone! As far as I'm concerned everything has been a Stone of Epic Awesomeness. :-) It's late on a Friday and time to head home from work, so that's about all I can come up with. But it suits.

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    1. Stone of Epic Awesomeness?? I like!!! :)

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  18. Hi again... Almost missed today too... I love today's stonee. My comments have to be limited...I don't know the stone, I do love dlooking at them.

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    1. It's ok, better late than never. :) Thanks for making it.

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