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Welcome to my blog!  Here you will find an eclectic summary of my life, Art for Sale and info about my Jewelry Creations.  Hope you enjoy! Remember to  support and like my FB page Lorahliemaybe Inspired Thank you!!!

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Not exactly “local” for me but I have lots of artsy peeps displaying their talents as well and love visiting with them during this event!
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Never too soon to become a collector! Why not start small and invest in 1 or 2 of my mini 6″ x 6″ Artworks ($30.00) featured at this festival. 

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My most recent Cover Art!

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My most ♥♥♥ item!  And of course it is Canadian!

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OOAK Canadian Ammonite Pendant

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Available recent Art Works such as “Alien Fields”

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My children are always on my mind and in my heart each and every day!

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I’d like to feature the first art show that I was involved in since my cancer journey began curated by the very busy Lauren McKinley Renzetti….

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Woodbine Park Companions”  I have loved photographing the Mute Swan and the American Black Duck for the past eight years. The Swan’s mate was busy in the marsh with their nestlings.

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One of the very best compliments ever……a young lady called wishing to interview me for an essay she was working on for school.  I had never met this young person, but I was so delighted to hear from her! 

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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz

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All About Crystal–Clear Quartz:

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Clear Quartz is also known as Crystal Quartz or Rock Crystal is a tenth anniversary stone. Though Quartz forms in many colors today we shall focus on the clear variety.

It is a natural form of silicon dioxide with a Mohs hardness of 7 (out of 10) and ranks first as the most abundant mineral on Earth. Sand is mostly comprised of quartz; even the dust in the air we breath is high in quartz content. Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a six-sided prism terminating with six-sided pyramids at each end.

In nature quartz crystals are often twinned (with twin right-handed and left-handed quartz crystals) forming together, distorted, or so inter-grown with adjacent Quartz crystals or other minerals as to only show part of this formation. Or they merge and may lack obvious crystal faces altogether and appear massive.

Well-formed crystals typically form in a ‘bed’ that has unconstrained growth into a void or empty space. Usually the crystals are attached at the other end to a matrix which is composed of even finer grains of minerals and silt. Only one termination pyramid is present. Particularly fine specimens are currently found in Brazil, the United States, the Swiss Alps, and Madagascar.

However, doubly terminated crystals do occur where they develop freely without attachment, for instance within gypsum. A soft mineral that may fall away revealing the double termination. A quartz geode is such a situation where the void is closed in and approximately spherical in shape, lined with a bed of individual crystals pointing inward.

The word “Quartz” is derived from the German word “Quarz”. This remained until the first half of the 14th century in Middle High German in East Central German. Derived from the Polish dialect term kwardy, which corresponds to the Czech term tvrdý (“hard”).

The Ancient Greeks referred to quartz as κρύσταλλος (krustallos) derived from the Ancient Greek κρύος (kruos) meaning “icy cold”. Some philosophers (including Theophrastus) thought the mineral to be a form of super cooled ice.

It is believed that the ancient Atlanteans and Lemurians utilized the power of crystals and that a crystal was a main component in the workings of a device used within the great pyramid of Egypt for initiation. Abductees have also reported the use of Quartz crystals by aliens.

Quartz is the most common material identified as the mystical substance “maban” in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is found regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe in a burial context, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch, which means ‘sunstone’. Quartz was also used in Prehistoric Ireland, as well as many other countries, for stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal were knapped as part of the lithic technology of the prehistoric peoples.

While quartz crystals have been used for thousands of purposes throughout history, they have an especially long history as healing stones.

Clear Quartz is known as the “master healer” and will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. Clear Quartz draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralising background radiation, including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations. It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. Cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. Clear Quartz enhances psychic abilities. It aids concentration and unlocks memory. Stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Clear Quartz harmonises all of the chakras and is especially beneficial for the Crown chakra. It can be used for almost any metaphysical purpose.

Clear quartz crystal is the universal stone. Everyone should have one! It corresponds to all zodiac signs, and is a pure and powerful energy source.

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Bower Bird in Action!

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Ahhh…Blood Python Vertrabrae beaded earrings ethically sourced from the Toronto Zoo in Canada (Nope…these are not aloud to be shipped internationally!)

Not my usual Bower Bird flashy item, but can’t resist anything boney and fossily!

Used my favorite Jade…Yellow Flake…I think of it as the Moonstone of Jades.  There’s the flash lol!

All you Crystal followers out there…yes, will be doing my “All about Crystal” report very soon…top of my list!  And Baby Ugly will be back with a new instalment explaining the actual link between Ghosts and Garnets.  See you as soon as I get there!

 

Rose Quartz: The Stone of Love!

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Rose Quartz: The Stone of Love!

Hope everyone is enjoying Valentine’s Day and those who are alone or seeking reconciliation. It is my hope that you have been able to indulge yourself with a piece of Rose Quartz…the Stone of Love in all of it’s forms including self-love!

rose-quartz-heart-17_ink_liRose Quartz expresses itself in many forms…from very pure and pale pink crystals, milky opaque pale pink, banded, and very (sometimes called extra ) red otherwise known as Cherry Rose Quartz. Often the Cherry Quartz has been altered (cultured) to achieve a very pink color so buyer beware!

I like all of them though the most valuable to gemologists is the clearest, most purest, form. The pink color is clear Quartz that has trace amounts of titanium, iron or manganese.

Rose Quartz like all other Quartz have a strong vibration related to all Chakras for healing and is associated with the Zodiac sign of Taurus. Whether you wear it close to you in the form of jewelry or have a single rough or tumbled piece can be beneficial

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Not just for Love-though this is well-known-it also absorbs energy such as radiation emitting from electronics, so having a piece near your computer can lessen any negative effects emitting from close and long term usage of these devices. It also amplifies the energies of other stones making for a powerful combination.

Quartz is one of the best conductors of energy thus the massive use in the electronics industry.  Quartz in the electronics industry is most often “cultured” otherwise known as Lab Grown from a small Quartz “seed” so that there are no impurities to interfere with  the electronic device being manufactured.

The mythology of Rose Quartz goes back to Egyptian and Greek eras. Adonis who was the lover of Aphrodite, was attacked by Aries (the god of War). When Aphrodite rushed to save Adonis she caught herself on a wild rose bush. The lovers mingled blood stained the white quartz to a pink. Zeus felt so sorry for the two and reunited them and thus Rose Quartz symbolizes reconciliation.

Rose Quartz is also the stone of a youthful complexion. Reportedly the  Egyptian Goddess Isis used to rub her face with tumbled stones in an upward motion as she believed this would preserve her beauty. To this day this is practiced by many Egyptian women and is part of modern ritual to connect with the Goddess in the Isis temple in Egypt.

That’s it for one of the most pretty of stones….have a wonderful Valentine’s and next week perhaps we will go back to the tale of Baby Ugly…

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Angelic Orange Calcite

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Even though it is completely cold and gloomy out I’ve decided to focus my attention on Sunnier days ahead with Orange Calcite!

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Calcite and tumbler polishing don’t quite work together well. It is one of those stones that can totally disappear while being tumbled. Usually considered a tumbling process for advanced tumbler people!

I often begin my stone processing in my rotary tumblers. Any variety of Calcite that I tumble needs to be frequently checked on… I only tumble until the desired “softness” of edges has been achieved.

Then comes the handi-work, which is different for each stone. With the Calcites I use very fine grit papers first to remove the initial “crusty” appearance of the stone. I work this stage, sometimes over a period of months, for the glassiest surface shine as possible before using Titanium Oxide for the final polish.

During these steps I am consciously, unconsciously and intuitively deciding on what the piece will be:

Will it be a Wire Wrapped pendant?
A Drilled Specimen for pendant work?
A piece to be set in Polymer Clay?
Something to add to Encaustic Painting?
Or a stone for my own personal collection?

Despite Calcite being difficult to tumble because of it’s harness of 3 (out of 10 on the Mhos Scale), once it is polished it is quite durable.

My sources of Calcite comes from Brazil and rock hounding trips in Northern Ontario.

Perhaps I have such an affinity and Love for Orange Calcite, and Calcites in general, because it is the stone of the Zodiac sign of Cancer. The Orange variety especially emphasizes attributes for Cancerians of which I am a text book example.

Orange Calcite has an important effect on the 2nd Chakra. It is useful in all new beginnings, including birthing, new projects or changes. Orange Calcite is also a gemstone of wisdom, especially for those in charge of other’s fates.

                                How do you imagine Orange Calcite’s effect on you?

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Rock n Roll

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This week there is no rock of the week.  This week all of the rocks are a rolling!

My lapidary cart has everything I need for the gemstone tumbling process, including two Lortone double barrel rotary tumblers.

I spend on average up to 10 hours a week on maintenance: oiling the machinery, changing the slurry and grit, cutting slabs and pre-shaping rough rock to be tumbled. 

Mondays and Fridays are my rock days.  I get to witness what trans-formative wonders are revealed through the tumbling process.  Today is Monday so after I write this I will be checking on my tumblers.

This month they contain Emeralds, Indian Rubies, Laboradite, Amethyst, Extra Red Rose Quartz, Yellow and Black Jaspers, Carnelian and Tourmaline among others.

The tumbling process can take up to 8 weeks…so patience (and caution) is a must!

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Starry Jasper

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This week’s rock is “Starry Jasper” who’s name was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s epic masterpiece “Starry Night”.

Which happens to be (the painting not the rock) exhibiting in “Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh, and more…” this month at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) http://www.ago.net/ .

So how many of you love Gold? How many don’t like the price? The perfect substitute is Pyrite! Pyrite is made even more beautiful as inclusions within and on the surface of Red and Blue Jaspers.

The most prized inclusions are one’s that look like confetti sprinkled through-out the stone. I was very fortunate  to acquire Grade A rough Red Starry Jasper to work with.

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After a bit of investigation on-line I discovered that it is not readily available at this time-could not find a source elsewhere that was in stock. Did see some small tumble specimens but nothing like the specimens I had the pleasure to work with. And not only that the available finished products were not all that inspiring for me and pricey. One of the perks for me as a creator!

The solid color Jaspers are so nice to work with. They polish well and in a relatively short amount of time (4 weeks in the tumbler-more on tumblers in the future- then hand finishing).

Starry Jasper was named after Van Gogh’s painting however has been well known by ancient cultures of all kinds through out history. Including Egyptian Kings, Jewish Priests and Shamanic Healers.

Worn as a protective talisman and buried with the dead for a safe passage to the after-life.  All Jaspers have a slow and steady energy attuned with the Earth.

Wearing such a pendant may encourage a spiritual relationship with all things living and a greater appreciation for all of Earths elements and wonders. A great stone for grounding oneself, dream recall and meditation. Vibrationally complements Aquamarine which is also another Chakra stone.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the wonders and some of the history related to Starry Jasper!