Archive for December, 2013
Want more Jasper? You got it! Introducing all new Cripple Creek, Mushroom, Ocean, Owyhee, Royal Sahara, and Sonora Dendritic Jaspers featuring eye-popping colors and one-of-a-kind patterns.
These beautiful cabochons are available in unique shapes and will be the perfect centerpiece for pendants, bracelets, connectors and more.
Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper comes from Mexico and is a relatively new stone that is mainly composed of feldspar, mica and quartz that was created by lava flowing over rock. Sonora Dendritic Rhyolite Jasper is often connected to change, progress and creativity. Royal Sahara Jasper comes from Africa and features beautiful swirling, earth-tone colors. Owyhee Jasper is mined from the Owyhee Mountain area in Idaho and Oregon. It is sometimes called Owyhee Picture Jasper because the patterns are reminiscent of landscapes. The patterns are created as this sedimentary material forms in layers of clay, compressing each layer and creating the colored patterns. Some of the dendritic patterns are also caused by fossilized algae trapped within the stone as it forms. Some believe Picture Jaspers aid in creativity and creative visualization; used as a grounding stone; facilitates harmony and balance. Cripple Creek Jasper comes from mines in the Owyhee Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Cripple Creek is a very hard jasper that takes a glossy polish. The natural scenes formed in the rock are reminiscent of the area in which it is found. Ocean Jasper, also called Orbicular Jasper, is unusual jasper found only at a remote location on the coast of Madagascar that can only be mined at low tide! The colors vary widely, including white, green, pink, red, black, blue. The wild polka dots, wavy lines, and multi colored floret patterns of Ocean Jasper make this a gorgeous and exciting stone. Although the Mushroom Jasper name has stuck, we now know it to be type of highly silicated Rhyolite (volcanic rock) with unusual circular formations that resemble mushrooms. Mushroom Jaspers are often seen with a brick red background that bears orbital patterns in a range of grays and browns. Mushroom Jaspers open are found as “thunder eggs” geode like rock balls that are plain looking on the outside, but contain gemstone on the inner layers. These freeform rocks can then be cut and shaped into lovely cabochons, since they are able to take a high polish.
Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. These gemstones will not last! Get these new Jaspers while you still can.
Putting a gemstone as the centerpiece of your jewelry creations, can add sparkle and cachet to your projects. Creating a custom setting for that gemstone, can help add your own personal signature to the piece.
In this project video, learn to make the North Star Pendant, featuring a custom setting made of PMC3.
Syringe can be used for many things when designing with metal clay. The syringe is the perfect tool for creating ornate and delicate jewelry.
In this project video, learn to make a 3-layer PMC Syringe pendant with a few simple tips and techniques.
Brass and Copper Ornaments
In this project video, learn to use a disc cutter, to make beautiful and inexpensive holiday ornaments.
Watch all of our jewelry making videos in our Video Library today for some inspiration and cool tips and techniques!