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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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Starry Jasper

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 last summer 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 example I got 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).

I will be experimenting on the solids with “fantasy” carving…which is basically any kind of unconventional faucet ting…and or carving. As well as acid etching.

Starry Jasper has to be handled a little more cautiously. Checked on frequently. Would not want to erode something wonderful as it appears during the process.

Even the final cleaning with a soft brush has to be handled with discretion. A final loving buff of Bee’s wax conditions the entire stone. Then, and only then, is it time to create a pendant or other special item!

This particular piece was the best of my lot. I paired it with Gold and Rusty Red palette colors to achieve perfect harmony. This pendant was deserving of a longer necklace process of double stranded wire beading. With unique beads that are beautiful while not over powering the stone.

Stardust Photo Effect: https://www.tuxpi.com/photo-effects/stardust
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/491884295/exquisite-specimen-natural-starry-jasper?ref=shop_home_active_24

As I said, 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. This particular piece has a gentle, relaxing though stately power. 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!

Welcome

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My most ♥♥♥ item on my Etsy shop!  And of course it is Canadian!

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OOAK Canadian Ammonite Pendant

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Glass Works Factory (Gallery) 2016 8×10 Acrylic on Canvas available at Fine Art America prints.  A piece of historical Toronto Art to grace your Bower while supporting a local artist…me!

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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 (I’ve done a few more since) curated by the very busy Lauren McKinley Renzetti….

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“Rose” is in the show…12″x12″ acrylic on canvas

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“Hibiscus” is in the show as well…16″x20″ acrylic on canvas

  Here’s a little blurb that appeared in the Beach Metro Community News about the show:  http://www.beachmetro.com/2015/06/30/beach-arts-scene-49/

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Woodbine Park Companions”. I have loved photographing the Mute Swan and the American Black Duck for the past seven 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! ********************************************************************

 

 

Ugg…Summer is over!

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This is me picking through rocks down at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, for beach glass and other interesting finds.

I lost baby ugly at White Cliff Beach near Vancouver B.C.  Actually, I set her afloat to become a mermaid one year at a “family” picnic.  Not real family, not bio family.  My Step dad’s friends.  A concoction of alcoholics, thieves, bikers and just out of jailers.  They were as close knit as any other woven family.

Those were the highlights of my summers as a kid.  Crossing the Lions gate bridge onward to the “far away” beach.  Roaming freely on the ocean rocks-fearful the tide would come on fast and we’d be trapped at sea.  Amidst a never ending blue neither ending at sky or sea.  Bringing home hermit crabs, smoking with my “cousin”.  Pondering the drug addled almost adult topless girls making out with their boys.

Always loved the beach….perhaps being a water sign has something to do with it.

Summer is over once again.  Throughout the Winter I will be transforming my finds, my precious beach finds,  transforming them wondrously into jewelry and sculpture. Humming the still haunting tune of baby uglie’s lullaby.

Ornament Picture Frame: https://www.tuxpi.com/photo-effects/ornament-frame

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On Being a Bower Bird June 2016~

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As usual I could not let this glitter flutter by.  I held it in my hands not sure what I would do with it but all that glitters intrigues me.  Though it is meant for some form of nail sculpting I fantasized the sparkling shapes and colors running through my hands, being applied to clay, paper and seashells.  Further decorating my current bower.

My first bower was an old nut tree.  A tree cave whose center branches reached upwards to the distant blue sky.  The outer branches heavy with prickly nuts swooped down to the ground in a graceful arch.  It was my secret place.

This is where baby ugly lived.  My baby ugly, a naked and dirty doll with holes punched into her lips and crotch.  So she could eat and then defecate wild choke cherries, their purple blood forever stained her chest where it dripped in sticky rivets.

Sometimes I’d wrap her in leaves or a toilet paper dress while I swept the bare ground, it’s gnarly roots poking out far enough to trip the not-so nimble.  A broom made out of branches that blew the dry summer dust all around inside the bower.  What I would have given to have glitter back then.  I had popping green seed pods and sickly sweet cotton tree fluff instead…….

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On Being A Bower Bird

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I thinks this will really be my blog.  On being a Bower Bird.  And what is a Bower Bird you may ask?  Well….it’s a bird from somewhere in South America (I think…I will have to check that out later) that is creative and artistic to attract it’s mate and to deter it’s adversaries.  It uses visual trickery to entice it’s female counterparts.

By foreshortening the visual impact of the depth of it’s bower, or nest, it creates the illusion of a vast, expansive bird mansion–but in reality it is actually not as large as it appears.

Because I am blind in one eye I have no depth perception, visually I am not so interested in this aspect of being a bower bird.  However I love shiny, colorful and sparkly objects just as much if not more than any bower!  Objects may not distract me visually, but mentally and emotionally they do the job.

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The Best Xmas Present Ever

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This is my son Johnathan with the best ever Christmas present an artsy mom could ever get

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And this is what the artsy mom made with it

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Now I have a place to keep all the little things he has made me over the years.