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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cover me, I'm Going In!

The things I do for beauty!


Certain stones are hazardous to cab, namely malachite, which is terribly poisonous and chrysocolla. Well, I didn't know about the chrysocolla until recently... after I had cabbed some. I made a trip to the local hardware store and picked up a mask for my next cabbing venture. Of course, it had to fit over my readers and optivisors. I'm a sight, eh? LOL! Yes, I sounded like Darth Vader. :) Wearing a respirator reminded me of my car painting days. Thank goodness I didn't need it for every cab. For the others I wore a dust mask.

I snapped a few pictures in my work area as I finished the cabs. 

Dangerously delicious Chrysocolla with Malachite

Blue Gem Bone (Dino Bone)

Ocean Jasper

Crayola Jasper- much nicer than in the picture.

Unusual Willow Creek Jasper
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I finally got some bronze wire! Don't know why it took so long. Stay tuned for a bronze show and tell. In the meantime, here's a few silver pieces:

36 yummy carats of grape purple amethyst
chevron amethyst with amethyst bead

Lavender agate aka sponge agate (notice the purple trend?)
Teepee Canyon agate


That's it for now- back to my bronze wire.....



12 comments:

  1. Tela Dear, I have always wondered what you look like. It is great to finally see you!! Had no idea cabbing was such a hazard. Happy you are safe!

    Once again, your beauties leave me drooling. Wish I had unlimited cash on hand!!

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    1. Hi Christine :) I hope you are enjoying our playful weather. LOL! One day hot, next day cold. :)

      Here's the thing about me. I made a commitment when the home internet began (no kidding) to not have my picture plastered all over the internet. The kids and grandkids aren't allowed to post or tag, either. I've never felt comfortable with it. But, I figured with a mask on was ok. So, at least now you know my hair is getting thinner (only slightly so), and gray and that I am Caucasian. :) But, you can see my devotion to my rocks, too. I didn't realize that chrysocolla was dangerous. I had already cut some without a mask. I knew how dangerous malachite was and decided not to use it. Now that I have a mask, I can cab malachite, too, but it still scares me a little.

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  2. Tela, you look like you are ready to go scuba diving. It makes me wonder how you can really see and feel the experience with all that going on. Still, safety is so important and since you inspire so many artists perhaps this will bring safety to the forefront for some. I'm with Christine, it is nice to see some of you in this photo.

    I really like the colors and the cut of the crayola jasper and the wrap and color of the Teepee Canyon Agate is striking. It is thrilling to see the growth that you have sustained over time.

    ~Susan

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    1. Hi Susan :) Believe it or not, a lot of cabbing is done by feel. After you cab for awhile, you realize that so much is done by feel and even by sound- the sound the stones makes on the wheel. The optivisors help find scratches which are devilishly hard to find sometimes. The mask doesn't really get in the way and, luckily, I don't have to wear it very often.

      The crayola is one of my favorites. I'm getting ready to do some more during my next cabbing session. It contains so many beautiful colors- hence the name.

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  3. Tela, it's great to see the artist that is responsible for all the gorgeous creations even with the mask. Protection is number one important in my book. I so far don't have a need for a mask but my sweet hubby always sees my with two pairs of glasses on and my hair in a pony tail. ;-)

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    1. Hi Kate :) I wear my optivisors so much that I forget it's on my head. I answered the door once with it on and I got a funny look from the mailman. :)

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  4. You are such a good sport :) Thanks for the giggle. So happy you are staying safe while you create your beauties.

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    1. Thanks Gina :) I can't help but grin at myself with this get up on. LOL! But, honestly, some things are just too nasty to mess around with without protection.

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  5. Nice blue shirt. The mask is rather creepy. Darth Tela, may the force be with you! ;-)

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    1. Hey Renate :) You should have seen Cat the first time he saw this. He got into a position that says, "I am getting ready to run for my life" and then just sat frozen in that position and stared at me. I felt so bad for him that I didn't speak. That would have really sent him over the edge.

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    2. Aww, poor Cat. But obviously he *has* some courage to face the giant insect. ;-) But then, wouldn't it be good if he ran away, with all that poisonous dust around?

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    3. Oh, he's fine, don't worry, he takes off like a bat outta hell when my Gene starts up. He doesn't even pretend to be courageous about that. :)

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