First of all, “to make” or “to buy” — let us consider the facts in the case, Watson:
You might find a ring already-made in my collection, in which case, you can decide whether you want to pay my price or make your own for far less, with materials that I can provide, giving you every single piece you need to assemble the finished article.
You might have found an already-made ring in my collection and the stone can’t be duplicated. In this case, you’re stuck with one of only two options — buy it or don’t.
You might have found a stone in my large collection of ancient stones, one that’s perfect for your work-needs. In this case, you need only the ring-shank, the .20 gauge wrapping wire, the spacer side-beads and the stone itself to make your very own magical tool.
Here are some of the uses to which the various types of stones can be put:
ATLANTIS — Stones designated as “Atlantis” or “Atlantean” are thus described regarding their approximate date of manufacture, but in this case dating back to at least 8,400 B.C.E., which is to say, before the Second Great Flood, the one recorded as the story of Noah in the Old Testament.
Many of my most ancient man-made beads date from around 12,600 B.C.E. and can be used to access the following:
I have made a number of Genuine Moldavite rings, and am offering them for sale at a discount from the retail price of $375 for the copper and $450 for the same in sterling silver.
Genuine Moldavite is a RARE tektite, a glass-like combination of silicated metal oxides with a hardness of 5.5 to 6. Anything else is a fake.
Authentic Moldavite is the result of a huge meteorite crashing into the Earth 14.8 billion years ago, at roughly 20,000 miles per hour, over the Bohemian plateau of the Czech Republic.. It is only found in the Moldau River Valley — anyone telling you different is dead wrong, or outright lying, or both.
The color of most Moldavite is a sort of darkish forest green, although I have seen pale green, and some Moravian pieces tend to be somewhat brownish green. Gem grade stones can be absolutely stunning.
In its rough uncut form, Moldavite has a rippled surface, which can be polished and faceted to make gemstones and beads for jewelry.
Moldavite will typically have inclusions of gas bubbles and other inclusions within the stone, which is what makes it so magical, and therefore so desirable.
Genuine Moldavite is hard to come by, and there are literally thousands of tons of fake Moldavite on the market, because it is so desirable and so doggone rare.
My Moldavite is unconditionally guaranteed authentic. Period. But wait, there’s more… Continue reading →
The incense bowl goes just ahead of the SuperBeacon, with the two grippers spread apart as shown. The double Rock Salt candle holders would be to the left and right of the SuperBeacon. Continue reading →
All jewelry, in fact all engineered structures, have one thing in common; they are made up of a collection of elements. What is an element? It is a single repeatable item — in the case of JAL jewelry, this consists of a series of beads on a wire, to wit:
Form a loop at one end of the 4″ long .20 gauge copper wire.
Wrap the end of the wire to finish the loop.
Press the cut end of the wire deeply into the wrapping so it doesn’t catch on anything.
Thread on a 4mm round copper bead.
Add a spacer bead.
Add a bead cap if wanted, with the hollow side toward the main bead.
We had a slowish day at the fair, but managed to squeak by with a total of $420 in sales, mostly from fellow vendors, with a few wandering shoppers here and there. Cost of the booth was $30. If you bring in ten times the booth fee, you’re doing well these days, they tell me. The beautiful display stands were hand-built by Wayne, and they fit four standard jeweler’s pads precisely. Continue reading →
Linking is very basic for anything constructed of wire, and you’d be well-advised to master this skill by making many, many links in copper before trying your skill on silver and gold. How you link is, first cut a convenient and easy to handle length of .22 gauge wire, about ten to twelve inches long.
With your flush-cutter, clip off the very end of the wire with the flush side toward the larger piece. Cut off as LITTLE as possible — every bit of weight counts, both with precious gemstones and precious metals.
Using your needlenose pliers, place the tips about 2 inches from one end of the wire, and gently coax the wire into a bend back onto itself, and then deftly turn the wire and wind it around itself, as shown in the illustration below: