A few lovelies.

Not a lot going on here at the moment.

The tank ran out again. I think I’m averaging just over six months a pop which means that twice a year my life is on the line.

This time I made the boy come with me. He wasn’t too thrilled about holding the tank in-between his legs though.

Can’t imagine why.

So now that little tragedy waiting to happen is once again over and done with and we didn’t blow up and the possibilities of being a grandmother is still viable, I now have a full acetylene bottle all set to go .

In other news, my final trial is over. The bad mammogram is put to rest for another year.

That was a bit worrying to say the least.

A whole month of waiting!

My hypochondria was never so thrilled.

Is this how it’s going to be from now on I wonder quietly to myself. A slow body breakdown from here on out?

Can she cope.

I think not.

I do seem to have finally got back into the swing of things, however, and am enjoying the studio.

I even bought me some new toys to celebrate the left breast news.

The super quick-change hand-piece.

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And the intriguing hammer hand-piece.

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With all it’s friends and family.

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Not sure I really need them, but as I said, I’m celebrating, and it’s my birthday next week.

So there.

Here are the lovelies.

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Pink Opal

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Back

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Star Ruby

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Powell Butte Agate

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Condor Agate

And some sketches for the biggest stone alive…

This is a paper cut out of the stone which I printed out at the actual size.

I don’t usually do this, but as the stone is larger than I normally work with, 58mm wide I think, I wanted to get a proper feel for it.

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It’s a prudent man cabochon for someone who might like to send me it to set.

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 I like the sketches, but I’m wondering if they will be too much.

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I also grouped my houses together so that I can just look over when I’m making my jewelry and feel at home in the English sea-side towns.

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I’ve always wanted to live by a harbour, in a little house, making my jewelry as the gulls scream and the fish smell.

Strange, but true.

I could also live in my fantasy land, although maybe that’ll be a bit freaky in a Wizard of Oz way.

I might start to feel sick with all the colour and shapes.

Too much sensory overload.

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And it may well be possible that this strangely depressed bird might pluck up the energy to peck me to death in a moment of utter despair.

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Maybe he needs a change of scenery too.

Just not in my harbour is all….

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    • lol none of them are really fished.

      Is this a ‘Someone’ that I know 😉 Sometimes it leaves out your name…

  1. Beautiful pieces! But I love that bird! What size tank do you get? I get the smallest one?
    Glad you are ok. It’s heck to wait for results.

    • It’s the B tank. About 3ft tall. I like it. Sometimes I think I should get one of those fancy oxygen and gas set ups, but I learned on acetylene and feel comfortable with it.

  2. I’m glad you made it to another birthday….but envious I don’t buy myself such nice presents for my own. I’m sure you’ll put those tools to good use, even if you can’t really smell any fish in Texas.

  3. I’m glad you can put the health worry aside-that’s nerve-wracking. I love your paintings, and always enjoy your jewelry. Funny, I’ve been thinking of that handpiece the last few days, I’d appreciate if you post what you think of it when you’ve tried it out.

    • I love both of them. To be honest, I didn’t think I would, but the hammer handpiece is great and the quick change is so much more convenient. I’m really pleased I got them. I’ve decided to use my old handpiece for drilling as the quick change doesn’t take the bits. It used to always annoy me having to really move the chuck to get the collet small enough for the drill bit. Not that that’s worth buying a whole new handpiece for, but hey 🙂 and changing out the handpieces as you go along is easy.

  4. I wasn’t very clear, was I. I have a quick change handpiece and couldnt do without it. I keep my jumpring cutter attached to the old one, and have bought drill bits to fit the quick change. I’ve been thinking about the hammer handpiece-mainly for the texture options.

    • I haven’t tried it for texture yet, but really like it for finishing off those really awkward bezel sides. I often have spaces that I can’t quiet get my roller or pusher into. Where did you get drill bits to fit the quick change?

  5. wow! you’ve done it again–more gorgeous things from the studio. i so enjoy your posts, thanks for including so many photos of your process. i am relearning all my jewelry techniques from college and appreciate your ‘tutorials’ i hope you have a very happy birthday.

    • I love your enamels Kathryn. I think they’re great and inspire me to get mine out again. I’ve only done one or too so far. Had some success, but then for some reason gave it a break. I might just go out there now and have a go 😉

    • Oh I have those. I use them for drilling beads. Hadn’t thought of using them for anything else…duh!