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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….

Slogan of The Month: Jan 2012

It was difficult to select the top “Slogan of The Month” submission once again. But after much thought congratulation goes to…Jim. I would like to thank those who sent in their submissions….I would like to, but sadly there were none. Winner by default: Me.
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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!

Blue Slag Glass Hunting In Muskegon, Michigan

We had some unusually warm and sunny weather the last couple days so I decided to take my crew out (my three kids: ages 6-10) to dig for some blue slag glass. Now, in the past I’ve found a ton of blue slag glass washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan. But I got a tip from a new friend on a spot where they used to dump slag over a hundred years ago in Muskegon, MI. For those who don’t know what slag is. Slag glass is the by-product of the iron ore smelting process. In Michigan the smelting was done all up and down the Lake Michigan lake shore and often the slag, considered garbage at the time was dumped into the lake. That all ended around 1890 or so. Today, this slag glass is prized by beachcombers because of the often beautiful colors and variations found. I have found slag that is black, brown, grey, green, yellow, blue and any of those shades in between. I’ve only found one piece large enough to sphere in the past, and have made quite a few nice pendants out of the glass I’ve found.

We made our way to the spot and as soon as we stepped out of the car, we began to see small pieces of the deep forest green slag. We found quite a few large pieces, probly in the 10-30 pound range buried just below the surface. We found one spot in particular and began to dig with much success. Some of the best pieces were found about a foot down. Once we established a good spot we dug around about a six foot radius and found quite a number of stunning pieces. I took some pictures of some of the better looking ones and even took a bunch of macro shots (made by taking a lense from a disposable camera and putting it over my camera’s lense). I think the shots came out decent enough. One day I’ll invest in a nice camera setup so I can take some real professional looking shots. I think some of those macro shots would make some nice abstract art. Oh, and after we got home…it snowed like crazy! I guess we will wait til next year to hit it again. What a great time.