14 January 2010

Kaleidoscopes, Custom, and a Learning Experience

I had kaleidoscopes on the brain.
Mandalas for your fingers.

Radial symmetry is quite soothing, no?

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I wrapped up a custom order.
An Autumn Upcoming . . .
extra large, thank you very much!

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And then there is the chunky wonder.
A green malachite druzy.
Amazing stone.
Totally bizarre cut.
(Bizarre in the best possible way.)

Two mountains and a valley of clover-colored sparkles.
I prong set it.

It had an odd little hole- very deep, in fact,
in the top most peak of the stone.

So I sunk soldered a little flower to a stem
and sunk it in the green druzy grass with resin.

It is, without a doubt, the sweetest, strangest ring I have ever made.

I fear it is too fragile, however.
This stone scratches quite easily, I quickly discovered.
It probably was a better candidate for a pendant,
but even then I feel it would have been an art piece more than something to wear all the time.

It's a shame it's so delicate,
its weight and size would suggest otherwise.
I think it has to be appreciated as an exercise from which to learn.
Maybe it could just be looked at as a small piece of sculpture.
Planted in a petite terra-cotta pot of moss.
Placed in a tiny terrarium.
If you're into that desktop still-life sort of thing

Maybe I'll just leave it here on my bench as a reminder to try new things,
if for no other reason than because it's good to be a bit stretchy and risky
every once in awhile.

I make weird stuff sometimes.

Hugging you hard,


  1. That ring is too beautiful not to be added...I love the texture of the stone, and the fact that it reminds me of a green coral or the mitosis of a small hill in a forest... I am simply in love with it.
    Sugary kisses your way!

  2. I like that you make weird stuff sometimes

    Those rings remind me of designs I used to make with my spirograph when I was a kid, very cool.

    That green druzy looks like spring.

    Have a good night.

  3. I can relate SO to the learning experience.... beautiful AND fragile.

    I love that you're strong enough to share it.

  4. Wow, your work is amazing!! I especially love the first kaleidoscope ring and the custom pendant. Fabulously intricate...exquisitely detailed...beautifully done. What an inspiration! :)


  5. Oh! Such lovely creations...I especially love that first ring (which some lucky lady has already purchased) And oh my gosh, that malachite ring is AMAZING! It makes me think of moss and mountains and grass and terrariums and spring...

  6. Diet ring: People who have excessive weight should be wearing those. It looks like marmalade with chocolate flowers - tempting, charming and delicious. But as soon as you reach for the refrigerator the ring reminds you that you shouldn't with it's poisonous green color(Which reminds me that i still can't fit into my last years pants).

  7. Always keep trying new things! It's precious regardless!

  8. ...your kaleidoscopes look like...SNOWflakes to me...pretty & each one so...special...YOU know i have a BIG LOVE for Autumn...Upcoming...but this bizarre, green chunky wonder of a ring...is TANTALIZING...a dream...look right in & you can see...fawns&fauna...a Gnome or...2...

    perhaps i need to "test" ride this malachite druzy...for YOU...plant it upon my finger...& watch what grows...weird stuff & all...

    LOVElove it!

  9. Gosh, I love those kaleidoscope rings! Beautiful :)

  10. I LOVE that malachite druzy ring!! I don't think it's weird at all! It's very cool!

  11. That druzy is wonderful...something you would find somewhere over the rainbow.....