Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fordite and Agate and Jasper Plans

As promised, here is a photo of the beautiful piece of Fordite that I purchased. This is the older and rarer Fordite, sourced from the Detroit factories from decades ago. I love this stone. I was going to pair this with copper or bronze, but think I may end up using silver with it. It has some silver in the piece and feel that silver would best complement this "stone." That being said, I will be sourcing more Fordite and I think it would look amazing with copper or bronze.

Isn't this a stunning stone? As I said in my prior blog, this reminds me of tribal art. This will become a pendant, and I will be adding ruby and black spinel to complement the reds and blacks. You can see the silver in the photograph. Just amazing way to recycle industrial waste.

What I am planning with all my agates and jaspers is that most will become pendants where the stones will be paired with gemstones that help to pick up a colour in the stone one might not see immediately. Some will be used with copper or bronze, some with silver. I will decide each on its own merit, but there will be choices to be made in both my fine jewellery collections (Ailleas Designs) and within the collections for The Selkie's Haunt. Some of the smaller agates and jaspers will make amazing rings. I look forward to getting to work in the next couple of weeks after I complete some pressing commissions.

Speaking of commissions, I have temporarily suspended taking commissions for the time being, but will honour those that already sit in the books. My husband has recently attended hospice to have his meds "fine tuned" and the doctors there have determined that his life expectancy is now a matter of 12 weeks or so. Believe me when I say that is much harder to type than to read and I still find myself finding the whole concept quite abstract. But, obviously, I will be working for the next 12 weeks, but will fit it into his scheduled rest during the day.  I feel quite sure that when the time comes, I will find solace in my work and may create some amazing work while going through the grief process. They say most great art is created by tortured souls...

For those of you who have commented on my Facebook business page or have reached out through email or message to let me know that you are keeping my husband in your thoughts and prayers, I can only say a most heartfelt thank you for your concern. I'm going to need y'all later to help me find my way back from my grief. With your support and the creative process, I'm sure I'll be okay.