Thursday, March 29, 2012

Noodling

I finished two rings yesterday, sticking with a blue theme. I made another tall "Esperanza" with a Kingman Turquoise and shorter "Bluebird" ring with a blue chalcedony.


Esperanza is a size 8 and Bluebird is *sold size 6.25


both have sturdy narrower bands.


I've been thinking about the lapis in our local mountains, this being the best time of year to go looking for it. Years ago when my husband was trout fishing I tagged along to look at rocks and such. I found a perfect blue rock lying in the mud and thought, wow, this looks like lapis at the time not knowing it was up there.

*Ceanothis, California Lilac


This morning we decided to hike upstream, where the creek lets out then clamber up the creek that leads to the outcropping of lapis,which turned out to be no easy go. It's an extremely narrow canyon, strewn with brush and we found the best way to traverse it since the water level is low this year was to rock hop our way up,.....


......which we did til we saw this....


The waterfall is beautiful but a dead end and the wall was so high and the canyon so tight I couldn't get a shot of the whole thing. One lens sisters, it was hard enough taking the camera :)


So this is where we started noodling for the blue. It was so much fun we invented new words such as fools lapis (gray stone that resembles lapis under water) and crapis, (light blue denim, throw it back). We didn't do well or find any amazing pieces but had a wonderful cheap date in the process.



I did score a few nice pieces from a friend that told me he was having a fire sale, his jeep burnt up on the way back from the mountains and he needed some quick cash.

I believe this is the only outcropping of lapis in North America, I like having the blues, how about you?
xoxo Ro

15 comments:

  1. That's so cool that you have lapis locally like that!!! Lovely pictures, that waterfall is amazing. Beautiful rings too, you create the most impressive feathers!

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    1. Thank you DJ it was so much fun, thank you on the feathers!! :) :)

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  2. crapis! hahahahah
    oh,,,,,hahahahahah!

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Deb!!!!!! Heeheeheeeeee!!

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  3. I love the ongoing focus on blues!!! And sweet bunnies in the real & in silver :)

    Wow, a hike up a narrow canyon to a waterfall, very cool & the chance to maybe find a piece of lapis!!!

    The rings are SO stunning!!! xoxoxo

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    1. I think most everyone loves blue Priscilla and lapis hearts and bluebirds :)

      It was a fun scramble for sure....

      Thank you!!!!

      Have a wonderful weekend ♡♡♡

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  4. Thanks for the laugh!
    Gorgeous, gorgeous rings...

    xo

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  5. OMG ... as always whatever you do is just so beautifully inspired by your surrounding. These rings ...?... wow. So lovely and your rabbit is marvelous. Liz

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    1. Thank you so much my fine feathered raven friend!

      xoxo

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  6. First...the rings are fabulous. Second...I love lapis, one of my favorite stones (I so miss 'smithing). Third...what a beautiful place you must live in.

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  7. Oh I would miss it too Sandi, I hope you find a studio soon. Great big life changes for you for sure and I'm wishing you all the best.

    Thank you on the jewelry and the lapis is one of my favorites as well!

    xoxo

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