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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Rosie the Riveter Altered Graphics (2 lg graphics!) on: July 08, 2009 08:41:12 AM
Your realize that your altering and using licensed martial.. and if you haven't applied for permission to use this material.. You as well as Craftster are liable and could face some charges..

I would step lightly..



12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting and using bones from animals on: July 07, 2009 03:41:39 PM
A very touchy subject in deed.. In today society.. more and more people are staying away from these type of subjects.. due to the fact we are animal lover.. Just seem that in this world once there was hunters and gatherers.. Now the tide has turn, there are more gathers then hunters..

But as for your question.. I would ask your local taxidermist.. because they acquire many animals in their attempt to "mummify" or "mounted displays" for the hunters.. In my case I have a friend who is a hunter and occasionally gives me deer antlers.. This is used in many forms of crafts like Arrow head making, or leather crafts..

The bone aspect can be a bit risky and not many user will gladly turn over the dead "fluffy" to be used in your jewelry..

But for a "barbaric" approach.. seek out science project or school supplies which offer "fake" or "plastic" bones (which look very life like) for research. One main issue you would face when using real bones. is the fact they disintegrate over time. thus the plastic bones would proceed this.
13  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..
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas wanted!! Massive amts of Guitar picks... on: July 03, 2009 03:04:11 PM
A Guitar Pick Tree..

Shaped like a "Silver Pine" tree or in a triangle with multiple levels and limbs so the picks can face outward (pointed ends out). Allow for more picks to be inserted into a spring type system or holder, so the tree may need to be bigger then your planing.
15  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

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: More geeky stitches! on: January 07, 2009 03:56:10 AM
*Thumbs Up*
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fairy tale (miniature) - a wedding gift on: January 01, 2009 03:47:23 PM
The detail and time to create this.. is and always will be something to remember.. I would say.. Time to place this in a museum.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: He made me flowers! on: January 01, 2009 03:44:04 PM
Hum.. Nice.. But I think for more of a dramatic approach.. Use some dye to tint the roses.. Just the tips of the roses.. nice red color.. and maybe do the same for the stems dye them green etc..
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Moon goddess Shrine- pressed flowers, old book pages, vintage photos! on: January 01, 2009 03:38:09 PM
This "Wizard" Approves.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone dealt with Fire Mountain Gems? on: December 30, 2008 06:20:44 AM
Sorry my Bad..
If you are in the Southern Oregon area, please stop by and say hello. We love to show off our friendly employees and beautiful Grants Pass, Oregon. We offer tours twice daily, Monday through Friday, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Chris and Stuart

Just at one time or another, I thought I spoke with a beading expect there and If I recall, she said something about Washington state.. Never the less.. As you can see it's on our list of "Things To Do"

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