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Posted by: frank Post Reply
09/28/2019, 21:28:01

A small selection of beads I make from the local beach

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Good work Frank!
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09/29/2019, 00:56:06



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Posted by: sammi_tenn Post Reply
09/29/2019, 04:45:34

What a great idea, they are lovely



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Posted by: Stefany Post Reply
09/29/2019, 18:17:07

Do you work them individually on a lathe?



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Posted by: frank Post Reply
09/29/2019, 20:12:12

No all my stone beads are cut by hand with the exception of a few like the two light colored granites in the set that happily came in that shape.



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Posted by: karavanserai Post Reply
10/12/2019, 17:03:14

Waw nice neighbourhood you have!!! And your crafmansship is second to non. A bit jealous of both. Please keep on showing these beauties. I wonder how long it takes you to make these beads.

martine

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Could you please name the stones of each bead. Thanks!!
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Posted by: karavanserai Post Reply
10/12/2019, 17:04:52

martine

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Posted by: frank Post Reply
10/13/2019, 10:22:51

From left to right ; Jade with iron crystals ; quartzite ; high potassium granite ; leucogranite natural pebble ; quartzite ; gabbro with epidote ; quartzite ; very rare yellow gabbro ; leucogranite natural pebble ; yellow gabbro ; and lastly a stone unique to my area , a meta-listwanite. At this stage of metamorphosis the last bead is composed of virtually pure silica colored by iron.I have found it where the stone has been subjected to more metamorphosis and leaching of the iron and the resulting stone is ethereal opaque powder blue silica.These listwanites and the yellow gabbros are extremely rare. Drilling takes 10 to 15 minutes per bead for these 2.5 mm holes and another half hour to 45 minutes to complete the bead. We moved here as the perfect balance between collecting and my spouses need to commute by commuter van to work. We treat visitors at times to a few hours on the beach to identify cobbles then bring them back for quiche for lunch and then 3 hours on the saw , drill and lapidary machines so that they can leave to get an early ferry with a strung focal bead that lived on the beach that morning. This is an oddly fulfilling venture.



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Posted by: karavanserai Post Reply
10/23/2019, 17:52:26

Thank you Frank. I am amazed at the brightness of these colours and just love the shape of your beads.
Picking the pebbles and ending the day with this marvelous strand, that must be the best experience.
Thanks again for showing

martine

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Posted by: frank Post Reply
10/24/2019, 12:16:04

Many rocks get an oxidation rind on them from weathering and the true colors of the rock are masked. It makes cutting them on the saw a bit addictive , always surprises.



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Always interested to see your work.
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Posted by: jrj Post Reply
10/26/2019, 18:46:07

Could you send me a private message with information about your lunch/bead making for visitors? Thanks!



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