Sunday, November 24, 2013

Silver in Cobaltite, Cobaltite and Nickelite

Another Saturday night, up late and wondering why I haven't blogged lately. It's not as if I haven't been up to anything. Since the house is fairly quiet right now, I think I'll share a few things.

As I have mentioned before, I have an auto immune disease. It's been pretty bad lately. However, I started a new medicine that is really helping. My hands are clearing up and my bones are better. I still have a ways to go and a few months till optimal effect, but I'm already happy. I was able to get some cabbing done. :)

Aside from a banner day of 12 cabs, I spent a day cabbing silver cabochons. Yeah, silver.

Silver in Cobaltite
I made a deal with a man who lives in Cobalt, Ontario. Cobalt is the one and only location to find this rare stone. He sent me some silver in cobaltite, some cobaltite and some nickelite.


Nickelite also known by a variety of other names.

All of these stones are metallic. The silver has a high content of pure silver.

After I donned my respirator, I had no idea what was in store for me.

A huge mess!

This stuff was hella messy to cab. Everything was a black muddy mess. My hands were stained, too.

I thought the rocks would be hard, but they were quite soft and eneded up being tricky to shape. Polishing was a dream, though and boy did they polish! The all ended up looking like liquid metal.

One done.

A silver bouquet

After cabbing the silver, I started on the cobaltite and nickelite. Although the silver is quite valuable- I actually prefer the nickelite. It has a deep rose gold color which the camera couldn't capture.

I could not get the color right no matter what. Maybe in the light tent some other time.

I was really pleased with how they all came out. I spent some time today wrapping three of them, but I don't have pictures.

I was on a wrapping spree, too. Nothing fabulous, but it felt good to be working with my hands. I posted a few of these on FB, so if you have seen these already, sorry for the redundancy.

azurite, malachite and chrysocolla

big blue topaz earrings
Larvakite aka Norwegian moonstone
chatoyant malachite
Nevada Green Turquoise

another metallic stone- rare Mohawkite
rare peacock coal
maw sit sit and chrome diopside
I actually did a few more, too. As my hands continue to improve, I look forward to doing even more. There are a few intricate designs that I'm dieing to try. :)


I joined a team on Etsy for Handmade. The sole purpose is to promote handmade, since Etsy won't anymore. I hope all of you reading will consider handmade gifts for Christmas and the Holidays this year and every year.

I'll be running my first ever Black Friday sale on Etsy. It will start on Wednesday and run to Monday.


Thanks for reading and I hope y'all have a fabulous Thanksgiving week. I'll be going to my daughter's house. Looks like I'll get out of some of the cooking again. LOL!


  1. Hi Tela,
    I've been wondering how you were feeling. I'm so happy you were able to find something to give you relief. I certainly understand how wonderful it feels to be able to do something that you love. I've been doing little bits at a time. I still tire quickly. My shop is still closed but I'm hoping the first of the year I will be up to reopening.

    The stones are beautiful. I like the nickelite. I find it amazing that you can take a rock (and to me it looks like just an ordinary rock) and make something so beautiful from beginning to end!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi Kate :) Tiring quickly was a problem for me, too. You will be regaining your strength, right? I hope so.

      Yes, even I am amazed when I pick up a rock and cab it. Some of them are just mind boggling the difference a little polishing makes. I'll probably be wrapping the nickelite today. I hope to get a good pic of the color.

      I hope you and yours have a great family holiday, too. :)

  2. You do such beautiful work. Thank you for all this sharing information with us, the post about agate, jasper and quartz was so helpful for my geology class project!

    I do hope you continue to find relief for your autoimmune disorder, my mother suffers from one and I'm chronically ill, so I understand roughly to what extent the constant fatigue and things can affect your work -- and your life. I'm so glad you found something to help... I haven't been so lucky yet.

    Have a lovely holiday.
    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Damien :) I'm sorry that you and your mother have chronic illness. I hope you both find the right treatment. It took me about 15 years to get the right meds. I forgot what it was like to have energy!

      I'm super stoked that I was able to help with your project. :) It's really good to know, thank you. :)

      You, your mother and the rest of your family enjoy your holiday!

  3. Your work is beautiful as always. Hope you are feeling better. I have not been able to comment on your blog so I'm hoping I can from a different profile today. Hope all is well and you and your family have a Merry Christmas.


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