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!

T or A?

I seriously worked my ass off on making this sphere…and when it was done I could not help butt notice the unusual pattern. I found this unknown stone behind a washed up log on Lake Michigan. I know what I see. What do you see?

Why So Spherious?

I know I’m not the only rock guy who sees images in the rocks I either find or buy. Mostly I see them in the ones I find. This guy looks a little sad.

My Favorite Sphere

I bought the rock I made this sphere from for $4 at an estate auction (see my earlier post here. I believe it to be a Cripple Creek Jasper. Overall it came out fantastic and I believe it could be my new favorite sphere I have made. It is a small one at just over a couple inches. My wife claimed it immediately for her office! She does that sometimes. She snatched up my ultra-pure orange calcite sphere I made last year. Thing looked like orange Koolaid. Anyway…as always here are the pictures:

A Couple New Glass Spheres

I started to work some of the new material I had gotten recently. I made a nice one out of some vanilla/caramel swirl colored cullet and a second one from rainbow obsidian. The first one came out great, the obsidian not so well. I may have to check my heads, but the obsidian got scratched to hell. I show the pics of that one wet, as I still have to fix it. But it has potential to be a beauty! Sphere making can be somewhat frustrating sometimes….

Thunder Egg Spheres

I always thought Thunder Eggs were beautiful. I hadn’t seen one in person until recently but I’ve loved looking at the pictures of cut pieces online over the years. I haven’t seen too many sphered as I imagine they look best sliced in half, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. I bought a couple larger ones (about two pounds each) from Oregon. I don’t know a ton more about them than just that. I think they turned out pretty nice. They ended up looking like little planets to me. What do you think?

I also had a couple sand stones and an unfinished ugly conglomerate stone I had found on Lake Michigan. I decided to finish those and they are pictured also.

Slag Glass Spheres, Pendants and More Spheres!

I took the week off of work and felt the urge to hit the shop and hammer out some new spheres. I still have plenty of my Muskegon Slag glass and a couple other pieces I had purchased. One cool orange one and another clear old school coke bottle colored cullet glass I believe its called. It took the better part of the day (about 10 hours!) and maybe 8 hours the next day, manning my two three headed machines and grinding out the pendants but I think most turned out pretty good. The clear glass ones had some scratches on them I couldn’t seem to get rid of for some reason. Maybe I will try again. My back, hands and feet get sore as hell if I put too much time in. I try to keep it no more than five hour stretches at a time. Hope you enjoy the photos. I’ll probably end up putting a few of the pendants up on Etsy. My wife has already laid claim to a few of them!

If anyone knows where I can get more colored slag like the orange and red pieces shown, drop me an email from the contact link! Cool stuff!

Slag Glass Spheres

Here are some pictures of the few spheres I’ve made with slag. Up until about a month ago I was only able to find one piece of slag large enough to make a sphere. Since that time, I’ve found a couple decent pieces. The dark green chunk was the largest. It probly weighed about 7 pounds or so. The dark green is no the prettiest, but I have since found chunks much larger in that color range. The deep blues have been elusive in that size, but the Robin’s egg color one turned out great (at 1.8 inches) as well at the grey/green one (At 1.8 inches).