Thursday, October 20, 2016
I Cut My First Tooth!!!
I had one small slab of really beautiful, old stock Burro Creek agate (AZ). This material is no longer being collected because a fence went up around it. You can still get the pale, pastel variety, but this Royal Purple is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Anyway, the slab was roughly the shape of a tooth, so I just finished it off like that, with one long inside curve. The cab itself topped off at 51x31mm.
After I was finished with the cab, I immediately had an idea of how I wanted to wrap it. The idea wouldn't let go of me. It percolated for 3 days. I finally just had to finish it to get it out of my head. I had no real idea whether or not I could actually pull it off.
The idea was to start the wrap in the middle of the stone leaving the bottom unwrapped and open. It's a hard stone, so it is perfectly safe to do so. I wanted to have an element on the front to hold the stone in place. I quickly sketched out a rough idea of what I wanted. I, then, got out the silver and began to cut off long lengths. There, I was committed.
As I conditioned the wire, it all came to me. All that time that the idea sat in the back of my mind paid off! I was ready to go.
I marked out the middle, which is where it all starts and began to wrap. I had my favorite internet radio station on. Time just flew and before I knew it, I was looking at my new wrap. So, here it is, my tooth shaped wrap.
The cab itself was a challenge. The wrap was a bit difficult, too. Let's just say that I took advantage of a few temporary bindings putting it all together. :)
Thanks for looking and be well.