Summer's Swan Song

Before...

After...

From the stream

Well folks, Summer is almost gone and what a crazy one it's been!

Lots of milestones came and went. My grandson graduated highschool. My son turned 40. (Wow, am I THAT old?!) I had a relaxing time soaking up the fresh air by a cool mountain stream. And, the first perils of aging caught me by surprise.

 

I lost my beloved doctor, whom I had seen for 15 years. The next Dr. I saw was beyond horrible, so I saw another whom I like a lot. Both those doctors agreed that I needed to see a cardiologist. That'll perk up your ears. (Funny, my old doctor never mentioned it.) So, off I dutifully went to see a cardiologist. I had enough potential symptoms to make me nervous. I had a nuclear stress test, an echocardiogram and Holter monitor. The findings on the stress test came back abnormal. Like anyone in denial, I went on vacation with my husband where we talked a lot about "what if's" and cherished each others company even more. After a week, I came back and saw the doc who said I needed an immediate angiogram and possible angioplasty. Talk about stress! I was so worried! But, after a long grueling day at the hospital, my heart was declared fine. My wonderful old Dr. was vindicated. Yay! I will live another day. 

Inventive Wire Weaving by Susan Barzacchini

Inventive Wire Weaving by Susan Barzaccini- guess who cabbed the stone on the cover?

Another achievement to mention wasn't mine, but a friend of mine's. Susan Barzacchini has published a book! It is a beautiful volume of exquisite metal worked designs. I love it! I won't get into it too much here because I plan to do a full blog, with interview, on it and to work one of the projects. I wanted to mention it now as the occasion includes another small achievement of my own. Susan asked me to write the Foreward. Of course, I was honored. Being in communications with her during the process really shed a lot of light on how much work was involved. She even did her own photographs for the book! I'm so proud of her. 

Gem blue Larimar pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver

Gem blue Larimar pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver

During the upset of losing our doctor, I was in a period of limbo without medication. I was feeling pretty bad for awhile and didn't get much work done. It didn't last too long, but the subsequent funk lingered. I am completely recovered now. I have been cabbing like a fool and wrapping, Yo Yo.

I picked up a couple very large, beautiful Larimar cabs. I wanted to do something different for the one I wrapped. I think it came out great! The depth and color are to die for!

Sonora Sunrise pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver

Sonora Sunrise pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver

I cabbed a big Sonora Sunrise. As is my usual, I framed it with the three colors: cuprite red, chrysocolla blue and tenorite black. I'm sure it is the bright colors that attract me to this stone. I tried a new bail on this one. It's a heavy 18 gage wire, so it should wear just fine.

Natural untreated Kingman turquoise pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver

Natural untreated Kingman turquoise pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver

Another cab I picked up was this beautiful, Kingman turquise. It's not very often that you find one that is hard enough not to be stabilized. This one is all natural goodness with lots of reflective pyrite scattered throughout! I like the assymetrical wrap. It deserved a patina.

Russian yellow Cancrinite pendant

Russian yellow Cancrinite pendant

Tangerine orange calcite pendant

Tangerine orange calcite pendant

Ocean jasper pendant

Ocean jasper pendant

Being that I love color so much, I couldn't resist this orange calcite and rare yellow cancrinite, either. Both are small by my standards. Another small one is this well defined ocean jasper. I think they are all great for everyday wear. 

Ballarat Marble

Bruneau Jasper

Dragon Jasper

Nevada Malachite

Stefoinite

Black Skin Agate

Chrysocolla

Indonesian Bird's Eye Petrified Palm Root

African Pietersite

Stony Creek Jasper

Chrysocolla

Crimson Cuprite

Josephine's Crown

Rosa Linda

Willow Creek Jasper

I finished far too many cabs to list here. Here are just a few recent ones. I think my favorite is the round Bruneau jasper- you just don't see many with such great orbs anymore- or many at all, for that matter. Of course, the Josephine's Crown is quite rare, too. It's so metallic that no photo could do it justice.

 

So, that's what I have been up to. I hope you all enjoyed your Summer.