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Grand Canyon Agate

Recently, I have been working with a rough stone named Grand Canyon Agate Nodule. Some of you may have noticed the Grand Canyon Agate listed in my studio of artful designs, NatureWhispers.Typically, Agate is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness with a diamond being the hardest. Actually some of this rough material is also a Jasper as well as Agate. The way to tell the difference is that an Agate is usually transparent while Jasper is not. It is common in Nature for the 2 types of rock to be mixed together. The pices of Grand Canyon Jasper are an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It takes a lot of arm and hand muscle to handle this material on a set of... » Read More

Christmas Shopping for Gifts

http://, when I left the house this AM it was October. After driving to Flagstaff for some essentials at the local Wal-Mart, I was admiring the beautiful fall colors in the trees. Upon entering the store I was taken to a future time warp. It is Christmas don't you know!! Decorated Christmas trees everywhere! Bright and shiny colors of red and green with a sparkle of silver and gold in the isles, oh my. I wondered to myself, where did the rest of October and all of November go? Oh my, I was loosing my mind! I thought for sure it was still October and I was there to buy some Halloween tre... » Read More

Genuine Quartz crystals

I adore genuine Quartz crystals! Quartz is the most common mineral found on our planet. Quartz is even used in your computer screen! It would not be possible for you to read this blog on your computer if it wasn't for Quartz. And yet there are so many different types of Quartz. I find that the Quartz crystal points are my favorites and next come the clusters. Quartz can and does vary in color. Citrine, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Topaz, Garnets, Ruby, and so forth are all a form of Quartz . We pay good money for these gems and they are beautiful. The different coloration comes from the different minerals found in the earth's soil in different parts of t... » Read More

Christmas Shopping List want to share with you a Christmas blog by one of my Artfire friends. If you click on the address shown at the top of my blog, it will take you to some wonderful idesa for Christmas shopping!Each crafter is allowed to post 3 items from their studio. Please take a look at what our delightful artisans have to offer. We aim to please! Our customers are our number one priority! If you are not happy with your purchase, we are not happy and will do anything possible to have delighted customers!... » Read More

Working with Rough rock material

I must have at least hundreds of rocks in my yard. Some big, some little. They have become my friends. I use these stones in my creation of original jewelry pieces. Some of my friends sit quietly for months, others, jump out and tell me to work with them asap. For example, the Citrine Crystal. This lovely crystal came form a large piece of Citrine that has benn with me for years. I gently tapped the Citrine with a rubber mallot until the large crystal point came loose. It is perfect! I then attached a gold plated bail to the top to create a pendant. Citrine has such wonderful metaphysical properites. It is a cleasning stone that will bring forth s... » Read More

Choosing the "Just right" piece of Wood

In creating my Rustic Lamps, I begin by searching for the "just right" piece of wood. It may be a large branch or part of the trunk. A straight up and down piece is for me, too boring. It has to have character. I love it when I find "twisted wood". Old wood also has certain character to it. I have to be sure however, that the old wood is fit and not rotted. The cedar wood I use is plentiful in my corner of the world. I love the color variations of cedar. Knots in the wood are also an added feature and look great on a finished lamp. Cedar bark is shaggy. It has to be peeled off with a knife. Time consuming, but, it makes for great kindling to sta... » Read More