Saturday, March 2, 2013

The House That Tela Built

Ahhh, feels good to be back in the swing of things. I should have come here first when I began my funk. Y'all cheered me up. My muse is still a bit sluggish, though.

One of the things I like to do for my muse is to go back and look at some ideas that I had when I was on a roll. I don't like to do the same thing too many times, but often, just looking at older things, which I had intended to explore more of later, will spur me on. For instance, y'all might remember this piece from here.

Picasso jasper aka Picasso stone or Picasso marble

Well, I've had my eye on a piece of spectrolite. Problem is, it's a rectangle. Ick. Not my fav. I remembered the Picasso piece and reworked it for my spectrolite. The result is, "The House That Tela Built". :) Or, "Home, Sweet, Home". I like it.

This is a really super piece of Finnish Spectrolite. Every once in a while, I just need to do one. It use to be my favorite stone. It is still in my top 5. I will always have a soft spot for it's many delightful characteristics.

Speaking of spectrolite... I got some labradorite rough, kissing cousin to spectrolite. It is from Madagascar instead of Finland, not nearly as rare, bright or colorful, but the better quality of it does rival spectrolite. I got the good stuff from a guy who specializes in it. I have cabbed one piece so far. No pictures, yet. I find it challenging to cab. It is fairly soft, but that's not the real trouble. The problem is that the colors are found in layers in the stone. It is easy to grind right through your color layers. I have the greatest respect for several cutters I know who do beautiful work with it. I think you need to develop a kind of sense for working with it. I have plenty to play with and as soon as it is warm out, I'll begin that learning curve.

Here's a recent labradorite that I netted. This is from Madagascar. It was cut in India. It's a really big, beautiful stone. It took forever to net it, but it works well for the stone and cut.
It has already gone to a new home in Singapore. :)

That's it, thanks for reading and commenting :)


  1. Whoo Hoo Tela is back! Love the house you built! The Spectrolite is gorgeous with its flashes and gradations of color.

    I am liking labradorite more and more. It amazes me to learn the colors are in layers. What art/skill it must take to bring out the beauty in a piece. Your netting is gorgeous and sets off the beauty of the stone.

    Welcome back, friend!

    1. Hi Christine, Yes, the I found out the hard way that you can grind out the color. Grrrr... I have labs which were cut overseas and which I didn't care for the cut. However, in trying to improve them, I ruined them. :( Live and learn, right?

      The real beauty of labs and specs have to be seen in person, they just don't photograph well. It's a battle to represent the stone accurately for color and flash and for the angles where it doesn't show as much, if at all.

      I am back, :) but DH and I are on a little mini vacation right now so, I can't post as much right now.

  2. Welcome back, Tela!

    I love your house pendant. Once again, I'm wowed by your sense of simplicity and style. <3

    1. Thank you, Sarah :) I have been working on a new design that looks crazy simple, but is turning out to be incredibly difficult, if it's doable at all.


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