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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Season Is Coming To A Close on: October 25, 2011 11:46:05 AM
These last few months back online have really kept me busy.. which is a good thing.. But because of the colder weather.. I'm unable to work outside to craft or saw on my staves or wands.. typically I would remove the bark from the wood leaving just the fleshy green part to cure for about one months time.. But because I got a late start this year.. I'll have to let the wands and staves sit until next spring.

 But till then, Here is just a few of the commissioned and non-commissioned staves and wands I'm currently working on.

Image Above: (Necromancers Wand Of Conjuring) This wand started out as a staff.. but after looking at the head piece.. I decided to change my mind. I'm planing on creating a "Crystal Bridge" at the head of the wand (top of screen) consisting of two crystal clusters with one double terminated crystal wand.
 
Image Above: Here I was working on removing the bark.. But it started to rain..
 
Image Above: Found this one walking home yesterday.. Something just told me it wasn't to late to save this one.. and after I took one look at it I knew what i was going to call it: "Horns Of The Buffalo" (A Medicine Man's Wand)

I can't wait to get motivated on this one.. Till Next spring.. Things will have to cure.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Up To Date.. on: October 05, 2011 05:11:15 PM
Boy.. It has been a long time.. Been off line for more then my share of months.. So many things have happen to me and my family.. Mother passed, wife nearly lost her job then was hired back.. (talk about luck).

But anyway, I'm here on several accounts..

1) Because of my mothers passing, I have been more creative. I guess deep inside I need to continue to honor her passing.. After all she was the one that taught me nearly everything. About life, love nature etc.. and yes many of you may already know.. I once was able to sew and did so for my wife's wedding dress..

2) I've return to my craft with as much vim and vigor as possible.. which is hard these days due to my hands, arms and back issues.. However not all is lost.. I've once again found a web site to display my multiple of talents and blurts..

3) Great news for anyone wanting to acquire slightly used silk screens. Because my wife's company is restructuring.. they are giving me 70+ silk screens. As early as tomorrow evening I'll start getting the first of many shipments of these screens and will post image and sized of these screens.. Note: You've got to love these screens.. the frames alone are very sturdy..

So I guess at this point I should add a pic of something I'm working on..


Image above shows that I've very busy with a few commissioned staves and wands.. while removing the bark from green limb is required.. poor arms..

Otherwise, If your interested in the silk screens or just the frames.. I'll keep you posted or (PM) me for updates and maybe we can swap out, barter or trade for some needy crafting supplies for me. Man I need to get caught up..

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bit Of A Happy, Then Sad Story.. on: March 12, 2010 05:40:49 PM
Although I've been away for about 1 year. I have been diligently working on hand cutting my own Citrine. The project went very well. However I didn't cool the stones enough and it developed a hair line fracture. Working though this issue I completed the stone (Large emerald cut) and sought someone to polish it. Turning to an old stand by. Gem Mountain, Spruce Pine North Carolina. They reluctantly agreed to polish the stone I cut. Dropping the stone off around Thanksgiving 2009 I asked if I could pick it up just before Xmas.. They agreed..

Xmas came and I received and email explaining that the Citrine was completed and I could pick it up when I asked. However I told my wife (and she knew I was getting the Citrine Polished) that there was a delay in the polishing and we may not be able to get the stone to next year (Jan 2010) Yet there was another issue.. We had just adopted two families for Xmas 2009 and donated and received donations from sponsors for the dinner tree and gifts. So money was tight.

But all good things come to those who wait.. I was asked to goto the store Xmas eve for some more bake goods.. and this gave me a perfect chance to swing by Gem Mountain. Arriving at the shop, I asked if I could see the Citrine.. But I was unable to pay for it.. The Gemologist simply looked at me and said Mary Xmas.. and gave me the Citrine. It was set in a silver ring and I was stunned and how well my workmanship polished up. yet I noticed the hair line fracture.. and wondered. I nearly came to tears.. and I was able to surprise my wife on xmas day with a ring she thought she would get till the new year.

Arriving back at the home stead.. I just could keep this from my wife.. while she looked away.. I place the gift wrapped ring case on the counter.. She turned and caught me.. we both cried.. needless to say.. she was very happy and when I told her the gemologist simply gave it to me and waved the rest of the payments.. well.. you know we cried some more..

After returning home, My wife never took the ring off.. But one day two weeks later she called me in tears.. "The stone fell out and broke into" I explain Its not her fault.. I knew that it was just a matter of time before the hair line gave way. this was my first attempt at cutting a mineral in this manor.. and I've learn allot and come along way. I now have a home made Drip system set up over my Dremel bit to cool the cutting.. video can be seen here (Home Made Drip System) Although I haven't been cutting or had the desire to cut.. my wife was talking the other day about getting me a tile saw.. cheaper then a slab saw.. and would serve it's purpose.

Soon I'll post some images of the tile saw and some of the cuttings I've made.. But in the mean time..
 
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Foggy Trip Down The Blue Ridge Parkway 2009 on: December 18, 2009 06:26:24 AM
"Foggy Morning On The Blue Ridge Parkway"
Image By Our Gorman aka "Wizard"
Edited Via http://Picnik.com
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / A Few New Items For Xmas on: December 18, 2009 06:04:21 AM
Wife & I have been working diligently on a few new items as xmas gift this year. One in particular is the fact that one of My wife's nieces asked if my wife could make "Cell Phone Charms" thus completed:


Also My wife surprised me with an early xmas gift:


This Anodized Stainless Steel Bracelet has been fading and now looks very weathered and rustic.

For more ideas: http://SistersOfTheStone.blogspot.com

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Project: Aquamarine on: July 03, 2009 07:00:16 PM
In 2006, while vacationing in the North Carolina mountains, We stopped along the road at one of those "Gem Mines". Sure most are like you buy a bucket and sift through sand or mud or even bucket of all rocks..

But his was a real gem mine.. Aquamarine in fact.. and we decided to pay the fee and take the trek back into the woods. Down a slope we noticed workers heading for the hills sort of speak. This indicated that they had just placed some small charges or explosives through out an area of where the aquamarine vain was located.

Boom.. or more like a large pop.. and rubble flew everywhere, other then in our general direction.. Then a small backhoe move in and dragged up the debris left over from the explosion.

At this point everyone who registered for the dig was able to enter into the pit and search for the Aquamarine. Most of the stone was pale light blue/green.. and really didn't consists of anything desirable.. Until I noticed this one stone with a dark are running through it.

Image by Wizard (Raw Aquamarine From Gem Mountain, Spruce Pine, NC)

Not a bad find.. the stone look as clear as water, but with some small inclusions running through and about the inside of the stone. We gathered up our tools and I packed away the minerals in my plastic coffee cans... and headed home..

Several weeks past and I finally got the nerve to tinker with the stone. Originally I wanted to have someone cut the stone out and facet it to some degree. But after speaking with my wife, we decided to free hand the stone just to see what would happen. Mind you I was taking a chance that I could damage it while in the shaping stages.


Image by Wizard (Here you can see where I have been slightly cutting away the host or raw martial from around the clear but darker part)


Image by Wizard (Cutting and shaping as not to disturb the are which I was after)


Image by Wizard (Finally something to work with.. I had cut away the raw and unusable part)

After a bit more shaping and cutting I ended up with this:


Image by Wizard (Note the inclusions inside the clear area.. The faded or blurry part was due to me trying to level one side on my diamond blade Dremel bit. when the stone is wet.. the true colors come through)

Now its all a waiting game.. trying to find the right grit for sanding and polishing the stone.. My wife loves it and what I have done.. One thing I could have used is a dop stick.. because everything was free hand.. My wife feared I would hurt myself due issue with my hands.

I think at this point if I'm unable to get the dop wax.. and sanding pads, I'll see if one of the gem Mines will polish this up for me next time I'm down that way.. it's been  brought to my attention that using a regular fine gain sand with a mixture of water and some polishing compound, will polish these stones.. Soon I may test this option and edit the post afterward.

To Be Continued..
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ode To Uncle Lib (Folk Art) on: June 30, 2009 03:03:08 PM
From what I can recall.. Uncle Lib has always worked in the steel mills as a welder.. He worked with my wife's father for many years traveling up and down the east coast welding bridges and buildings.. Both men were avid musicians and played in numerous bands also on some local radio stations..

Approx 10 years ago.. Lib suffered a stroke.. and lost the use of his right arm as well as his left leg..  thus ending his musical talents and welding career.. But things work in mysterious ways.. he once could carve and whittle wood to pass the time..


Image By Wizard (Uncle Lib's Craft Shack)

Loosing the use of his right arm and hand (his pronounced side) has not slowed him down.. He still crafts and draws some fine folk art to this day.

Here is just a sample of some of his work..


"Rough Riding Cowboy" Art By Uncle Lib
Image By Wizard


"Song & Dance Bench" Art By Uncle Lib
Image By Wizard


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