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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Preform to Cab

Two days of cabbing- or, at least as much as I was able to cab given other obligations- and I have some polished up stones to show you. I was dumb enough to get rid of a cool program that I had to make slide shows, so you'll have to scroll through these. I'll have a slide show for you the next time I have to list a lot of pictures. (You can click for a bigger picture.)

Rare K2 Jasper from Afghanistan. It was thought that the spots were azurite, but the verdict is still out. It is being tested now.

Stunning Rowley Mine, AZ Chrysocolla

A gorgeous, though not photogenic Labradorite. I'm getting better at these. :)

Super Mahogany Jasper. This was the most difficult cab that I've ever done. It was worth the trouble, though.

Rare Atlantisite or Stitchtite in Serpentine from one small area in Australia. This is very soft , but easy to get a beautiful polish.

A beautiful Mookaite Jasper, also from Australia. The pattern is much more obvious in person. The polish is like glass. This is a very hard stone!

Ignore the fluff in the picture, this is a perfect stone. This Noreena Jasper, another Australian stone, has a really rare bull's eye pattern.  

A picture jasper from the American West. I lost the name of this type.

I got a big slab of this from a mixed lot. The whole thing was awesome! I believe it is a rhyolite, probably Wonderstone. It is soft and took a slightly better than matte polish. The colors are gorgeous!

A small Sonoran Sunrise. This material, from Mexico, is supposedly mined out. The prices are getting crazy!

This Turritella is fossilized snails found in the US. I kept a high dome on this to preserve the ying yang snail shells. Pretty cool. :)

This big, beautiful cab is a Teepee Canyon agate from the US. It's the first of its kind that I have cabbed and I love it! Very hard with a beautiful polish.

I don't know how the dust got into this picture, but it sure stands out against the black hematite in this Australian Tiger Iron. This is extremely nice in person. 

That's it for now. I'll be doing some wrapping tonight. :)


16 comments:

  1. these are all so beautiful! its hard to pick just one favorite, so i will say all of them are my favorite! ;)
    i am glad to be back, i am feeling soooo much better! i finished all the strong chemo and they gave me a 6-week break! on the 17th tho, i will start taking avastin again every 2 weeks for "maintenance" -- for what thats worth. :D

    love ya!
    denise

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    1. Denise, I could just hug you till you (almost) popped!!! LOL! Awesome! So good to hear, really. :)What a trooper you are. I wish for you continued success as a cancer slayer. :)

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  2. OMG! They are gorgeous! I'm drooling over the Mahogany Jasper. I can't wait to see them wrapped!

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    1. Thanks, Kate :) I have a problem though... when I get really involved with rocks, I find it hard to get back into the wrapping frame of mind, so I can't wait to see them wrapped, either. LOL!

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  3. Beautiful!
    Where do you get the templates for your cabs? I noticed in the pictures your last posting that you have several sheets of great shapes. I have collected a lot of slabs would like some new shapes to use when I cut them. I traced a few shapes of cabs I purchased onto card stock to use. If you do your own templates, what material do you use for the template sheet?

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    1. Thanks Kate :) I have some really good news for you regarding the shapes. I hope your email addy hasn't changed, if it has, shoot me a new addy. I got these from a fellow rock hound, but I make my own, too (like the mahogany shape- one of my favs). At the dollar store, there are packs of 2 thin cutting board sheets which are translucent. They make great templates. I mark and cut with a blade or exacto. It's time consuming, though and tedious. But, for my own shapes, which I have a lot of, it's the best thing that I have found. I'm going to try and have some of my own favorites fabricated like the ones in the picture. The butter dish in the picture holds my own templates.

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    2. Oops, meant Kathy not Kate. Doh!

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    3. I still have the same email address.

      I used to have a sheet of disposable cutting board plastic I got as a sample years ago that I never used...don't know if I still have it. I will check the dollar store. I also thought about checking Hobby Lobby to see if they sell plastic sheets to make custom painting stencils. That was a big deal years ago when faux painting was in. Those would also be hand to raise a stone in a bezel.

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  4. Beautiful, beautiful! Love the AZ Chrysocolla and.....Denise is right, Love them all.

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    1. Thank you, Gina! I have a bunch more of the chrysocolla and some really choice ones, too. I learned I need a respirator to cab it, so I need to get one sooner than later.

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  5. Tela, These all are incredible! It never ceases to amaze me the beauties you bring to life. Each one is unique with a story of its own to tell.

    The joy you feel in doing this shows in each piece. I cannot pick a favorite so will continue to drool over all.

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    1. Hi Christine! Joy is right, when I'm not cabbing, I'm planning on what to cab the next time that I do. LOL!

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  6. I'm just glad to see that the weather is cooperating enough to let you do what you love to do.

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    1. Thank you! The weather went from Winter to Summer. It has been HOT the last few days. Not complaining, though! :) It's supposed to cool down again.

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  7. You do such beautiful work Tela!!! Love them all~ and another plus is getting to see them wrapped soon, too! <3

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    1. Thank you :) I definitely need to do some wrapping. It's so hard, though, when I hear all those rocks calling my name. LOL!

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