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text 2018-06-01 04:33
Sample slices for MbD

Just to give you some ideas of what things look like.

 

1. One of the few large slices of petrified wood I have.  It's thicker than usual, and the pattern isn't the best, but this is a nice, typical red color.  The sun was so bright that I couldn't keep the slabs wet long enough to take photos; as soon as I sprayed them, they immediately started to dry.

 

This one is about five inches across.

 

 

2.  Brazilian agate with natural red outer rings, and crystal center.  This is fairly small, about 3 1/2 inches, and very thin.  Again, the sun was so bright and hot that I couldn't keep the stone wet to bring out the details.

 

 

This is a piece of jewelry made from another slice of this same material.  It shows the details a little better.

 

 

3. Brazilian agate slice, undyed, pale lavender  This one is about 2 1/2 inches by the longest dimension.

 

 

4. Brazilian agate, undyed, about 4 inches by longest dimension.

 

 

5.  Brazilian agate, undyed, about 2 1/2 inches by longest dimension. 

 

 

Pendant made from another slice of the same stone.

 

 

 

6.  Green Moss agate, from India.  I love this stuff!  I have way more than I will ever be able to use, but I still love it.  It's plentiful and very inexpensive.  A five or six-inch slice can be purchased for $!5 or less.

 

Again, I couldn't get good photos because the sun evaporated the water as soon as I sprayed it, but you can easily find lots of pics online.  The green is much darker in person; the sun just bleached the photo.

 

 

And a pendant from similar material.

 

 

 

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text 2018-05-24 17:48
NON-BOOK Stuff for Murder by Death

These are beach stones from New Jersey. 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 so you can see that these are semi-flat.

 

 

#3 to get some idea of the sizes. 

 

I literally just grabbed a handful of the larger, flatter ones, but there are plenty more.  It's a large bag!  All are quartz varieties, so they won't dissolve or leach anything into the water.

 

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text 2018-05-18 00:41
Lost some sleep, found some rocks

The new water heater and the new water softener have been hooked up and appear to be operating properly.  Due to a couple of really bizarre problems with the water heater, BF negotiated a significant discount on that purchase, which eased the financial impact, but the total remained extremely painful.

 

Needless to say, I did not sleep well last night.  I got in some substantial reading time that helped me fall asleep at a decent hour, but slight noises woke me well before 3:00 a.m.  I read, I journaled, I let the dogs out, but I couldn't get back to sleep, so finally got up a little before 7:00 to run a bunch of errands.

 

It's all little stuff.  Pay some bills, buy a few groceries and dog food. Pick up stuff at the hardware store to repair a leaky toilet and some other minor household things.  But it ate up one hour, two hours, three hours, four hours.

 

A trip to the workshop to put some things away resulted in the re-discovery of some rocks I'd forgotten about.  This happens all too often.

 

However, I received information about a potential new art show in the fall, a show that could almost have been designed with me in mind.  So I got my application in right away.  No guarantee that I'll get in, but at least I tried.

 

I have to find a way to get rid of these damn rocks!!!!

 

 

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text 2018-05-04 18:42
A little time in the studio with the rocks -- and 50,328

Yesterday was not a good writing day, but I have better hopes for today, even though I have several important projects to take care of before I can start writing.  However, I did get a little bit of time out in the studio with the rocks and the camera.

 

Four little chalcedony desert roses.

 

 

Close up the one on lower right. 

 

 

 

Comparison to one larger.  It weighs 592 grams.

 

 

The largest one I could find on a quick grab this morning.  It doesn't look nearly as pretty, but it's the same material.

 

 

That's 1318 gr (minus weight of paper towel) or 1.3 kilos or close to 3 pounds.

 

And now I have to get to work.

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text 2018-05-03 22:34
50,169 -- another day working

Another night with multiple interruptions, so I overslept this morning and lost a couple hours of cool time with the rocks.  I'm taking photos.

 

 

 

There is no sensible reason for me to keep all these damn rocks, so I'm putting some more of them individually in my Etsy shop.

 

Once I had taken some photos, it was time to sit down at the computer and . . . WRITE.

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