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A Grape in Copper by shadowfire-x A Grape in Copper by shadowfire-x
I'm still not 100% sure of the identity of the stone - but it sure as hell looks like a grape, to me.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
It looks like it could be serpentine(what some call "new jade" or "serpentine jade", etc).
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It does look an awful lot like it, but, it didn't seem to have much of the almost translucent quality that jade seems to have. I can certainly see the similarity in color, though.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
It could be simply a dyed quartz.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is entirely possible. I think I grabbed it out of a bag that still had some dyed stones left in it.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I have to take a break on buying more rocks for a little while because I have a nice pile of rocks that I'm working on shaping for wrapping and earrings. I also need to sit on what supplies I have for a while til something sells.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have anything to shape rocks with. That's probably part of my problem, as far as easier wrapping and more attractive results go. All I have to my name as far as "rock-working" tools go is a Dremel with some diamond bits.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
That's a good start though. I only just got my flex-shaft rotary tool, but it is a world better than the dremel.
Unless you're planning on getting into this real serious, I think you'll be fine with what you already have. Buying ready made stones for wrapping takes a load off of having to decide what shape and cutting, then finishing each stone. Shaping is fairly easy, just grind away what you don't want, cutting is a little bit harder. Finishing(as in smoothing and polishing) is god awful. I was using sandpaper sheets and sanding late into the night. I use silicon carbide paper, which doesn't work on anything harder than 5 or 6 mohs, so no agates.
I just ordered some diamond abrasive compound and fiber pads so I can finally finish my stones, but it cost me over $90.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Lord, I wouldn't even know what sort of attachments to use on my dremel. I've ordered a few diamond ones, like a 1/8 in diamond core bit, which will be useful for obvious reasons, along with a couple of diamond shank and tapered bits. I'm not sure what I'd used to properly shape a tumbled stone, though. I doubt I'll be buying rock saws anytime soon, I just can't afford getting that invested.
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