apocalypse of the paperbacks - 2017-08-28
hurricane harvey - 2017-08-28
loving the way my banded agate/carnelians came out of the tumbler Friday - 2017-08-05
dolomite sphere comes to town - 2017-07-29
it can't really be legal for these people to park on my blog after I closed my account, can it? - 2017-07-24
Read my new book, The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Bird at Amazon or at many other fine distributors like Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and more.
By public demand, and after a delay of an embarrassing number of years, I've finally put my notorious essay, Ender and Hitler: Sympathy for the Superman, free on the fabulous internets.
A bibliography of my published books and stories.
Here's a simple card-counting FAQ to get you up to speed on the basics. Here's the true story of the notorious DD' blackjack team, told for the first time on the fabulous internets. No other team went from a starting investor's bankroll of zero to winning millions of dollars. |
|A Sadean take on Asimov's classic Three Laws of Robotics can be found in Roger Williams' NOW REVIEWED ON SLASHDOT!!!
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect. Adult readers only please -- explicit sex and violence. For updates
on the "Dead Tree Project" and other topics, you may visit
the official fan site, Passages in the Void..
|My Bird Lists -- My Louisiana State Life List, My Yard List and, tah dah, My World Life List.|
|HEY! What happened to the Peachfront Conure Files? The world's only OFFICIAL Peachfront Conure site now features free peachfront conure coverage, including
a magazine length Intro to Conures previously published in American Cage-Bird Magazine, now free on the web. I offer the best free Peachfront Conure information on the internet. If you have great Peachfront Conure info, stories, or photos to share, contact me so I can publicize your pet, your breeding success, your great photograph, etc. on my site. Thanks.
page 17 of my online mineral museum: a humor page of inexpensive stone carvings
2011-01-10 - 6:23 p.m.
all photos © 2011 by elaine radford
For some reason, it's mandatory for rockhounds to accumulate a few of these inexpensive stone
carvings. I'm not collecting any more of them, unless they're truly fine specimens like my
Rhodochrosite Triceratops. But here are five "run of the mill" carvings that have slipped
into my collection.
As you can see from the above photograph, I have four frogs -- Goldstone, Sodalite, Lapis, and Turquoise -- and one Pig, Hematite.
Goldstone is a synthetic stone that, by tradition, is found somewhere in every rockhound's collection. Look around
if you don't believe me. It's there, somewhere, even if the rockhound in question doesn't much like Goldstone. Yeah,
that would be me. I'm not sure how this one insinuated his way onto my shelves...
At the time I bought the Hematite pig, I was blissfully unaware that Hematite was being faked in China, so I thought
it was carved from a real stone, even if it wasn't particularly well-carved. Now I'm highly suspicious. There's a LOT of
fake Hematite out there. Funny how any Hematite that I have found in rough form always has banding or
areas of higher "flash" and "glitter" in the stone. I never get any that's perfectly smooth like that. Maybe it's
all fake? Who knows?
The three blue frogs are all genuine. The Lapis frog in the photo below is by far the best of the the three. Chilean source material.
dark blue stone is Sodalite. It has some natural healed fractures, and it was quite inexpensive, especially
compared to the Lapis. The smallest, turquoise blue frog is of course the turquoise -- not sure if it was
stabilized or not. It has enough imperfections to make me believe that it isn't reconstituted stone but I bought it
quite a few years ago. These days? I'm being very cautious when buying Turquoise, if I buy it at all.
back - next
All Rights Reserved, Copyright 2002-2017 by Elaine Radford