|See the face in the corner? Or, maybe skull?|
Today was day two with Gene, which I am now calling him. (He is definitely not a she. Too much horsepower.) He's the new man in my life. The weird thing is DH doesn't seem to mind. That's good cause we're spending an awful lot of time together.
I have counted the number of cabs that I have worked to date. 10. Yes, 10. Today, on cab number 10, another plume agate, I had an epiphany. It all started to make sense and come together for me. Mind you, that only means that I can now pretend to know what I am doing. I'm still eons away from being accomplished, by any measure, but I do feel as if I am on the right track.
To recap, I have done the 2 Outback jasper with Randy. I did the tiger iron, also with Randy's help. I did the 2 graveyard plume agates, to break Gene in, and the tornado jasper yesterday. Today, I did a special red jasper, a green jasper/agate, an Oregon jasper and the last, number 10, plume agate.
|A piece of Red Jasper from Washington State|
|Here it is all finished|
|This shined up beautifully!|
There is a story behind this stone. I rock friend Susan, whom I mentioned before, and I were discussing how there aren't many really red stones. She found this in her stash and sent it to me. So, I am going to wrap this up and send it back. :) (Hope she isn't reading this.)
This one worked up beautifully and has a shine even better than the agates. Unfortunately, at the next to the last wheel (1200 grit) some tiny little pits started to show. They are barely noticeable, though. Still, I am most pleased with this.
I finished the green jasper/agate, too.
This is a good example of before and after. I lost the curvy sides and the coloration changed as I sanded down the face or "got into the rock". It became a kite. This was tough to polish well because the material is of different harnesses.
I did an unnamed Oregon Jasper. I have a slab of this pretty stuff and was dying to try it out. It took a beautiful shine.
And, here is my last stone for the day, I'm calling it "Number 10" Plume Agate. :) This went like clockwork. It cabbed up real quick and took an awesome polish.
Maybe, I should have turned that around. It would probably look better that way. :) There was a tiny vug (a natural void) in the stone that wasn't evident before I began to grind. It is small and on the bezel, so I will be able to cover it when I use it.
My mailman (yes, he's a man) brought more boxes for me today. I think of him as Santa now. :) I got lots of yummy slabs and a special, special treat.
|Natural Willow Creek Jasper Heart|
On second thought, I'll end with this question- Should I try to cab the 23mm heart or leave it in the frame as it is?