A NOTE: ALL PIECES IN THIS POST CABBED BY MOI!! :)
Just in case you were wondering ;)
Before I left, I wanted to share with you the three Lucky Strike Agate cabs that have been created already, and more to come in the next few months.
I am taking a break from cabbing while I get some of my own equipment into the carriage house and figure out what I'll need as far as belts and wheels, etc, so it may be a good minute until the next round of cabochons emerges.
Rare Lucky Strike Agate, 35mmX38mm
Proud, dramatic lucky strike.... how do I love thee? Let me count the ways....
perhaps it's the moss, or the intricate banding that makes me tremble in your presence...
Could it be the corals and reds mixed in with tan and ebony? Unlikely cousins all, matching perfectly when it's all said and done...
Lucky Strike Agate, 37mmX23mm
One slab can yield precious many patterns: the above cabochon, rich with feminine pink and a wonderful, nuanced matrix..... ooof. Delightful!!!!
A view from the other side...what a wonderful piece of stone.
Lucky Strike Agate 30mmX18mm
This was the first to be cabbed: to describe the joy in its corals and orange moss and speckled opaque middle, almost like rain across the distance, would be impossible.
It is intoxicating.
Like Snorkeling in Hawaii.
Flame Agate with white Plumes 35mmX25mm
There are other who have come before, shown now in all their glory, each photograph adjusted until the true colors come out: sometimes a good camera makes color pop a little too much: I want you to see how they would look if you were sitting right here with me right now:
Check out that wicked awesome drusy pocket!!! GOSH!!!
This cab is not quite finished and I am not quite sure what the material is: some sort of moss/plume hybrid, gorgeous.
This one is called "Garden of Eden"
and it makes me feel better about everything.
Brazilian Agate 55mmX36mm
Smoke signals, truly.
All of these will be either finished or set in the months after I return.
If anyone is interested in the Lucky Strike agates, do pay close attention to the blog in late November:
I will be setting a few as orphan rings
and necklaces, giving lots of advance notice before I list them in the Etsy Metal Shop.
Signing off now, write from the road later this week to let you know all that I am learning about engraving and the world at large.