Thursday, October 20, 2016

I Cut My First Tooth!!!

I cut my first tooth! Tooth shaped cab, that is.

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.


  1. Tela, this wrap is beautiful. It allows the beauty of the shape and color of the rock to shine on.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I love the design. I like how the silver looks against the purple. I can see me cutting more tooth shapes. :)


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