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31  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Different Tigereye on: April 14, 2015, 01:04:58 pm
That's a new one for me.  Very nice with the transparent band & flames.
32  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Need Adhesive advice on: April 08, 2015, 11:36:23 am
Those turned out super!  Very original use of the malachite too.
33  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Tiger Eye on: April 08, 2015, 11:34:04 am
Nice work! I'm sure your wife likes it too.
34  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Three more eggs on: April 08, 2015, 11:20:42 am

 How do I ask without sounding stupid?  Oh well here goes.....is that called intarsia (sp)?

Not a stupid question at all. Technically, my three "egg cabs" are called composite cabs.  Most of the work I post here have been composite cabs.  I did do one intarsia though, which I referred to as the "Rose Intarsia" (shown here: http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,11586.0.html)
35  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Three more eggs on: April 07, 2015, 08:13:17 pm
These eggs are a little less complex than the one I posted last week, but I had fun making them.  I forgot to take photos before I wire wrapped them, so you'll have to live with the wire-wrapped versions.   bricks

Thulite/sodalite/goldstone:
 

Petrified wood with lapis/yellow pet wood/goldstone:
 

Unknown jasper with yellow pet wood/goldstone:


Thanks for looking!
36  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Pietre Dure on: April 07, 2015, 07:36:34 pm
Marty, Interesting concept.  I would be very interested in doing this.  It looks like it would be mostly Foredom/Dremel work with very small diameter diamond bits.

Rockgirl, the link worked and I found it quite interesting.
37  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Happy Easter (egg) on: April 03, 2015, 08:55:06 pm
I like your egg too! I was picturing a cool setting in my mind for it. A wire wrapped basket would be cool. I think a soft blue stone would be pretty for a base try some angelite. I got this piece from Blairrock.

With all the rock I have you would think I could find some soft blue like you mentioned.  However, after going through slabs & rough for about an hour, I couldn't find any.  I don't think I've ever had any like the one you show, but I agree that it would make a cool egg.

Thanks to all for your kind comments.  Gemfeller, I'm going to see if I can look at some of those Ukrainian eggs online that you mentioned - might give me some good ideas.
38  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Happy Easter (egg) on: April 02, 2015, 01:00:21 pm
I thought it would be fun to make a cab that (somewhat) looked like an Easter egg.  This is what I came up with.  I'm going to groove wrap this for a pendant.  Material is lemon chrysoprase, rhodonite, thulite, malachite, and goldstone.  It is 1 7/8" tall.





I want to make another one.  Any ideas on stones with pastel colors that will take a fairly good polish?

Thanks for looking.
39  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / . on: January 05, 2015, 01:23:47 am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         













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40  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Get The Point? on: November 02, 2014, 03:15:44 pm
That' a very impressive cab!  At 5 1/2"  tall it should make a great display piece. 
41  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: "Parrot Wing" Chrysocolla on: October 31, 2014, 10:22:31 pm
Beautiful chrysocola! That second pic is awesome.
42  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Finally back to cabbing again! on: October 31, 2014, 10:15:36 pm
Great job Donnie!  My favorite is the first one.  I really like the rutilated quartz also.
43  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Stinking water plume/Ocean jasper doublet on: October 31, 2014, 10:12:26 pm
Very nice!  That white plume makes a beautiful doublet.  The OJ is probably nice too but it doesn't show up on my screen too well.  Keep up the good work.
44  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Quartz Star on: October 21, 2014, 03:38:36 pm
Thank you for your comments Robin, Liz, Allen, Helene, Tony and Steve.  I enjoyed reading them. 

Tony, I think I have about 10 hours into this one (counting the time to do the triplet), maybe more.  Time flies when you're having fun. 

I like the 4-prong suggestion, Steve.  I will probably do that.

Liz & Robin, I told my wife you said I had the patience of a saint.  She laughed.    headspin2
45  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Quartz Star on: October 20, 2014, 01:28:04 pm
Your opal looks 'firey' to me. 
I've never tried this sort of work, but it looks VERY DIFFICULT.
Especially all the planning that goes into designing the 'background [snowflake] stars' so that they wrap around the transparent points.  ERGH!!!
Well done!!!   yes

What's it going to be??   Pendant, Decoration??

Thank you Carol.  I haven't decided what to do with it yet.  I think it might be a tad bit too large for a pendant - I'm open to suggestions on that.  In the immediate future it will be joining some of my other intarsia pieces in a display case for a local rock show next month.  The piece seems to take on the color of the material it is placed on because the rose quartz is so transparent.  I noticed in the second picture (taken on the yellow table) that the rose quartz looks kind of yellow.

Itsandbits, thank you for your comment also.  I've  noticed that people like you who take the time to comment are the reason this forum stays alive.
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