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Friday, March 11, 2011

a heart of stone

Running Salmon, Richardson Ranch Thunderegg Agate  

Oregon Jasper

Porcelain Jasper

War Paint Jasper

Mexican Crazy Lace

Australian Rainforest Jasper

Ocean Jasper
are you drooling yet?

A few of my favorites stones.
I love the shapes. The colors and patterns.
They make me smile.
Amazed what mother nature can create.
Blessed to have them in my collection...
and slightly terrified that my designs wouldn't make them justice.

So for now I just hold them close to my heart.
Waiting for the right moment.
The right design.

They deserve a beautiful silver home
don't you think?

And now to my current task.
A stone heart for my bird.
I might need your help for this one.
As you can see I tried a gazillion stones.
Some work better than others.

Skinny bird or fat bird?
Weird shaped bird or streamlined bird?

So many choices.
We need to pick the right one..
Let me know what you think.
I do have more potential hearts for my 
feathered friend if none of these seem right...
oh and it's friday...
I LOVE Fridays!
I look forward to two days of uninterrupted studio time.
What are you up to this weekend?

love ~tess


  1. Drooling to the point of puddle on my worktop.

  2. ha ha I was wondering why it was raining inside :o)

  3. Stoooones...
    Magnificent rocks Tess!

  4. WOW those stones are beautiful!!! now all you have to do is all the rest :)

    have a good weekend, xo

  5. Tess, for the birdy, I love the long skinny red stone. Every time you post these, I go out in my barn to collect more to put on the lap to shape. lovely !

  6. I love the 3rd and the last stones.
    They would both make ace looking birds. ;)

  7. SLURP! Love that australian rainforest jasper! And for the birdy.... I like the last one :-) x

  8. Gorgeous! I love them all, but if I had to choose, I'd pick the second stone you posted. I love your work, and I just discovered your blog and I'm very happy I did! You're an inspiration to me. Keep doing what you do!!! :-)

  9. oh so lovely!!!
    my favorites are 6, 9, 10, 11 - 11 was the one that popped out at me first, but then I noticed 10 and it is a close second....

  10. Thank you guys :o)
    I picked a stone for it. I reworked the design and ended up with a completely different stone. I hope you'll approve of mu choice when you see it!


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love ~tess