Whoa!

I finally got around to making this sphere from the rock depicted in this previous post: http://spheremaker.com/the-most-beautiful-lake-michigan-stone-ever-found/

I was hesitant to make it because the rough rock was so killer looking and I didn’t and still don’t know what it is. I’ve had some knowledgable folks chime in that it may be basalt, chert, calcite, carnelian, and/or garnet. I imagine its tough to identify from pictures alone. It was harder than I thought it would be, but not as hard as say an agate. The crystals fractured like they do when I would sphere a quartz based rock, which I find many in Michigan. I was hoping it would be crystal in the center but it was not. The sphering process ground off a lot of crystal, but I still think it turned out nice. Interesting thing, it had a lot of little slivers of metal within it. Pyrite maybe? Silver? Who knows. One of my favorites I’ve done though. What do you think?

Trade Anyone?

I have way too much stone for me to ever work on all of it. I would like to trade what I have for something I have never worked on before. For some reason, Copralite sounds like the shit and I’d like to make a sphere out of it for the novelty. So if you have some Copralite or something else crazy, beautiful or just plain unordinary, I’d love to trade if you see something you’d like to have in the pictures.

What I have. I have a ton of Michigan slag in blue, green, grey, and black and anything in between. I have an abundance of Florida agatized coral, including rocks, chunks, chips and display type specimens. A couple of them are geodes. I have a ton of Lake Michigan beach rock including about every color and kind imaginable and cut scraps from spheres I have made (great for tumbling, crafts, etc). I have a 5 gallon bucket of Petoskey stones. A couple nice pieces of Picasso Marble enough for many many cabs. Some small to medium sized carnelian from Washington state. Quite a few Michigan Septarians (clay rock/calcite).

If you see something you’d like feel free to contact me. I’m mainly looking for small to medium rocks large enough to make a sphere or marble in the 1.5 – 4 inch range. I don’t have a large saw so I can’t really handle much bigger than that for now. If an item gets traded, I’ll take down the photo.

***update 3-28-12***: Petoskeys, Septarians, and Picasso Marble are gone. I’ll have more Petoskeys and Septarians by summers end!

The Most Beautiful Lake Michigan Stone Ever Found!

It was an incredible hot March day of 83 degrees today. I took my daughter to Van Buren State Park on Lake Michigan today to walk up and down the beach. The landscape had changed a bit since last fall and a lot of new rocks had washed up on shore in new spots. Much closer to the main entrance this year. I did not have to go far to find the first Petoskey of the season. We stayed about an hour or so and the last rock I found was by wading in about two feet of water. I thought it was one of the many bricks in the water at first until I picked it up. It was the bright orange color that caught my eye. I have never seen anything remotely looking like this rock before. I think it is amazing and would really like to know what it is. The orange color of the crystals are stunning. It doesn’t appear to be an agate material at all more of a quartz I would guess. Please drop a comment or send me an email if you know what it is! I believe it to be the most beautiful Lake Michigan Stone ever found! (by me at least… :) )

***UPDATE***
3-28-12: The sphere of this stone is done. Check out the new pics here: http://spheremaker.com/whoa/

Bruneau Jasper Sphere

Some may recall this rock I got from the estate sale a few months back. I don’t have a large enough saw to cut a large stone like this to prep it properly for sphering so I had to hack away at this one and grind the hell out of it. It took an extra long while to rough it round but it turned out pretty good…although I introduced some scratches during the polishing phase some how (which is frustratingly become more prevalent lately) I may have to go back and fix it. I’m also displaying it on this cool Orthoceras fossil stand. What do you think? But for now here are some pix.

Chrysocolla Sphere and Other Stone Works

I took some time off from work to work on some of my music side projects and an iphone app I’ve been working on. But I couldn’t help but make some time to grind out some stone work! I got a request to make some custom pendants from a couple folks from work which is always nice to hear. Of course while I’m making the pendants I had to tend to a few spheres as well to make the best use of my time. The pictures are below. I was really shocked by how the Chrysocolla sphere turned out. I have never worked with this material before and from the outer appearance of the rock it appeared to be mostly black…until I cut into it. I’ll attach the original picture of the black chrysocolla rock as well. I could use some help on getting the crosses to turn out better. I do everything on the wheel. If anyone out there has any suggestions to help me get better drop me an email from the contact section. I’m all ears!

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