Glitter and Rocks

January 13, 2010

When I was a child, I spent hours and hours collecting rocks. Anywhere they could be found: the gravel driveway, the riverbed, treks through the pastures and running along the creeks. I always had my eyes open and ready to catch the first glimpse of the stones I was going to bring home with me and put into my red lunch pail that housed my precious collection.

I found out recently that my mom held onto that collection for me, all these years! (aww mom!)

This weekend I attended the Intergalactic Bead Show in Nashville. I love this show, there are some awesome vendors there every time~

This year I met a man who is a lapidary artist, and the word is DEFINITELY artist. His work had me gazing at his setup for ages and ages. I didn’t take pictures of the finished stones that I bought from him, but they’ll soon be making their way onto this blog in future work.

I do have pictures of some of the unfinished stones I got from him. I was fascinated and riveted to this area, shuffling through the bins to find the next hidden treasure.
He told me that he included these unfinished but tumbled rocks in his set up for people to look through because there ARE some great finds. And look at what I found:

This one has a painting of the desert in it. Can you see the sand and the lines where sky and land meet? (It’s topsy turvy, but imagine it flipped the other way around!)

This one looks almost like a paisley print.

These three look like they were once part of the same stone but became separated. The colors!

A close up… Oh the colors!

A few more that caught my eye and will show up here in the future. A few of these the kind man picked out for me. I was so happy to meet another person as fascinated by rocks as I am~

New work is coming soon to be debuted on this little blog ~o~ mine~



  • Aimee January 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Those rocks are really awesome! I can't wait to see what you create from them!!! I was perusing (don't know if I spelled that right or not!) your site yesterday and you really are amazing! When I get a little mo money, I would like to purchase some of your pieces! 🙂

  • Andewyn Designs January 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Aimee!

  • CrowNology January 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Living here in Newfoundland (actually nik-named "The Rock" in Canada and has some of the oldest rocks in the world!) one learns to appreciate the exquisite beauty even the most banal rocks have. I was studying to become a Geologist "once upon a time" and it was a wonderful experience for me.
    One of the best gifts I received this year were two little stones, from the local Geo Center, from my Mother.
    I have a dozen dendrite's…
    (if you'd like to see…)
    I'd love to send you a sample of one if you'd like…
    I am planing to use these in a few creations too.
    Thank you for sharing. I love "unfinished" stones more than the beautiful finished ones!

  • Andewyn Designs January 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks Andrea, your photos are awesome! I love the patterns and colors that show up in some stones, it's amazing the way the pictures are formed in them.

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