I found a big bag of stones at the thrift store. I guess someone got rid of their collection. I am terrible at stone identification--the only thing I recognized for sure was black tourmaline, and only because it's so obvious. I assume these guys below are clear quartz clusters. That's what I listed them as.Dimensional Mod Podge though. That stuff is really useful. There's no baking, heating, or mixing involved--you just apply it and it sets like resin. It's not perfect though--I've learned I have to kind of go with its nature, which is a real 'liquid' nature. But if you experiment a little, you find ways of doing things with it that you usually have to be more hi-fi with--I've even made head pins with it. Here with the quartz earrings something strange happened and it turned blue--it's a clear, uncolored product. I put aluminum foil on the bottom under the rocks--I wonder if it was some kind of reaction between the foil, the oxidization, and the Mod Podge?
pair of earrings with smaller ones in my shop too. I just mold a mix of regular and liquid polymer clay over the stones trying to get it kind of seamless so it looks like it melds together, and then carve it after curing. They're not getting a lot of attention--maybe *too* creepy looking? If they linger too long I might embellish them with some beaded wire wrapping or something.
Etsy shop and I noticed there are now some vintage and Czech glass beads listed in addition to the Herkimer Diamonds and gems.
Some little vintage sugar glass bead earrings....
And finally, some handmade ear wires. It's all new territory, this supply shop thing--I have no idea what will or won't sell, so I'm kind of all over the board with the offerings right now. It's so much easier to get things listed in there for some reason too. Most of the objects are simpler in form, and more straightforward in a lot of ways--there is not as much having to make sure every single angle/color/shape/function is conveyed and communicated. It's a welcome little relief.
There's much more listed in both shops--just feeling too photoed out to even open the files again to show--bleh, photos...
What a strange thing to be sick of!