Got another batch of one-of-a-kind, free-form cabochons in the store. These won't be going up on the website - you're just going to have to come into the store to get them. Such a hardship, I know. Spending time in a light, airy store surrounded by all the beads and tools and findings. Getting all sorts of ideas for all kinds of other things you can make. Maybe even striking up a conversation with someone who actually appreciates a good bead the way you do. Tragic. Make a day of it. ;-)
Here's some selected cabs as eye candy.
Obviously - this next one is Picture Jasper - with this view of the mountains - it's easy to see how the stone gets it's name!
Looks like Imperial Jasper - those silky peach and tan tones.
Can you not just see the geological forces at work - creating these stones? Like little polished slices of history!
This almost looks like a slice of bone or a branch of an ancient tree!
This could be an impressionist painting of a vineyard, about to be decimated on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.
Definitely looks wood-like!
There is something heart-breaking about this piece - irregular pillars of crystal - thrusting up - over a torn landscape.
This - THIS - looks for all the world like a - guitar pick.
The cherry blossom festival, no?
As for what to do with them - you can go as simple as gluing a bail on the back, like last week's post, to elaborate beaded bezels, or even traditional silversmithing techniques. Wire wrapping too! Just cause it doesn't have a hole - doesn't mean you can't use it.
(Prices range from around 9.95 to 24.95 - depending on size and rarity of the stone.)