… a change of pace today with the day spent creating a piece of jewelry from scratch for a friend … the photo above shows the nearly completed opal in black jade pendant … just a little cleanup to do and then it is finished. So I had the design floating around in my mind and today I finally put it into a real piece of fine neck wear.
The photo next below shows the large piece of Wyoming black jade that I started with. Black jade isn’t really black, it is a highly over saturated green jade and the trimmings all come out s muddy green. Below that shot is the piece I trimmed off of the large piece and which is the approximate size of the finished piece of jewelry.
Next it was time to give it an approximate shape of what I was thinking about and the next photo shows the roughed out piece … I had decided to carve the bale of the pendant and the keel looking thing is the roughed out bale (what the chain goes through. Below that is a photo of me piercing it with a 2mm bit to begin the process of carving the bale. and the last photo below shows the roughed out pendant . Still to go, the cleanup, final shaping and setting the opal which happens to be high quality gem opal from the Mintabe opal fields in Australia.
Back on the cliff in about 6 hours so this is a wrap … have a beautiful day and enjoy life and all whom you meet, today and always!
Filled with dreams and songs and love, I wander
Meditation, softened by the peaceful lands of grain and
the illimitable blue sea overhead, draws my heart to
my lips as one whose talent is in song.
I yield to the thousand felicities of this transport, like a
child led by his father’s hand; and no questions darken
this day of my content.
Afield by Max Ehrmann
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In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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