Two of Hearts Amulet

This Two of Hearts Amulet is made from 14-gauge copper and black steel wire, with a double-sided cabochon that I cut from the center of a slab of translucent white Brazilian agate.  The heart-shaped design in the stone is completely natural and literally represents the “heart” of a thunderegg (a solid round agate nodule).  It’s a layer of pale orange chalcedony, and the white chalcedony inside it is speckled with tiny red hematite dots.  A sturdy pendant with an earthy presence that is unusual for heart-shaped jewelry.  Total length is 3.5 inches.  The back isn’t spectacular, but the drilled double-sided cabochon/bead (instead of a traditional bezel setting backed with metal) shows off more of the soft, subtle bluish-white color of the agate.

Two of Hearts Amulet - Back

I cut half a dozen more cabochon blanks from this slab, with different shapes and interesting banded or “eye” patterns in white/red/yellow/black.  I’m working some of them into pieces of jewelry, but I really bought the stone for the the simple, unique heart design at the center.

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Rainbow Lion Again

March 22, 2010

Rainbow Lion got another makeover.  I removed all the metal ornaments.  On the blanket, I kept the shisha mirrors but replaced the copper spirals and glass beads with fluffly double tassels.  He finally feels “right”.  He is light, bright, and cuddly now that he’s not weighed down with metal and glass.

Rainbow Lion

Celtic music fans can celebrate the return of EclectiCelt to KBRP Radio Free Bisbee.

This two-hour music program is hosted by our friend Jim Mahoney.  The show currently runs from 8:00-10:00 (Arizona time) on Monday nights.  If you’re on the East coast and don’t want to stay up that late, you can listen to the rebroadcast on Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:00.

The show’s blog features playlists along with photos and background information about many Celtic music groups, some of which may not be well known to American listeners.

Above Bisbee, hidden in canyons that cut through the pink granite pinnacles of the Mule Mountains, rare ferns and succulents grow among the gnarled groves of desert oaks.

Mule Mountains, Arizona