Monday, September 27, 2010

One-off Free-form Cabochons

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.)

3 comments:

Susanna Originals said...

S'okay for all you guys that actually live within driving distance of the store but for all of us out in the boonies of PEI, that's just a tease. We don't even HAVE stones!

Figgs said...

Ah, but you have red earth, grin. Your blog made me kinda homesick cuz my father was born in Bedeque.

Maybe I could swap you cabs for cabins, or some such. (just kidding). I love the Island!! When we get back down there, I will come calling for sure.

A Bowness by birth.

Figgs said...

Ahhh, but you have red dirt!! (G)

Your blog made me slightly "homesick" cuz my Dad was born in Bedeque. Maybe I could swap a cab or two for a cabin........just kidding.

Next time we get to the Island, I will come round for tea (or whatever).

A Bowness by birth