Even though it's 86 degrees before 10:00 a.m., temperatures are really cooling off here in central Arizona, and that means my fall and winter art show season is heating up. With less than three weeks to my first show, it's time to get myself to work.
I have most of my Halloween Bingo books read, with just six (plus the Free Space) to go, and for the most part I've chosen longer but more likely enjoyable books to fill out the squares. These are books that can be read at leisure, with less fear of DNFing just because I get interrupted!
So today I'm going to dedicate my efforts toward making more stock.
As some of you know, I like to play with rocks. Little rocks, not big ones. Some I buy at rock and gem shows, but most I actually go out in the desert and find myself.
If you know the right places, sometimes the really neat rocks are just lying there waiting for you to pick them up! It may look big, but that piece was only about 3 inches long. It's pink chalcedony, a form of quartz, and actually quite common. Though not particularly rare or valuable, it does make nice jewelry when cut and polished. That's what I do after collecting them -- I cut them on a saw made specifically for cutting rocks, then I polish them, then I wrap them in sterling silver or gold-filled wire.
That's a piece of white chalcedony that I call Angel Feather Agate. It has a void, or vug, in the middle that's filled with little tiny crystals.
Today I'm playing with a piece of what is probably Brazilian agate, part of an estate collection I acquired a few years ago.
The red color is natural; the white is actually the crystal center of the agate nodule, which doesn't show up too clearly on an indoor photo. Outside in the sunshine, it sparkles!
If I manage to collect enough discipline today, I'll finish the wire wrapping and have this piece ready for my first show on 8 October. Guess I'd better start looking for some scattered pieces of that discipline; I'm sure I have a bunch of scraps lying around the house somewhere . . . .