A Look At My Studio

I thought I would share glimpse of my work shop this week.  I thought about cleaning it up first but decided against it.  I cleaned it up about two weeks ago, so it isn’t in too bad of shape yet.  It really isn’t much just a small corner in the garage that my husband was gracious enough to surrender.  I don’t think he ever thought he would have to give up any of his precious space in the garage.   The space I have works for now.

On the left side of the workbench I have my tool chest.  That is the invisible boundary between my space and his space.  The “Less Nessman tape” so to speak. Oh, look now I am dating myself.  My tool chest has a lot of my tools.  files, burnisher,  brushes, screw drivers, pipe benders, and punches.  A lot of the tools were handed down from my grandfather.  He did metalsmithing as a hobby.  I sure wish I would have been more interested in jewelry making when he was alive.

The center of the bench is where I keep my beading board, this is where I do most of my layout work and assembly of my pieces.   Everything is within hands reach from my board.  Beads on the left and finding on the right. 

On the right side I have a narrow bench where I do some of my metal forming and hammering.  On the end of this bend is my baby anvil.  I just love this anvil. It is great for working with small wire and pieces of silver or copper. 

Well, there’s a quick look of my studio.

Gem-Lore

The more I work with the natural gemstones the more I become intrigued with the mythical attributes that each of the natural gemstones have.  I thougth I would share the gem-lore for some of my favorite stones:

JADE is a symbol of purity and serenity. much prized in the East, it signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. it is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade treats the kidneys and supra-adrenal glands, removes toxins, rebinds cellular and skeletal systems, and heals stitches.

AVENTURINE reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance. Also stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception, and enhances creativity.

JASPER is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper supports the circulatory, digestive, and sexual organs. it balances the mineral content of the body.

MALACHITE is a powerful stone but one that needs to be handled with caution. Life is lived more intensely under the influence of this adventurous stone, which encourages risk-taking and change. Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone. it is particularly useful for cramps, including menstrual cramps, and facilitates childbirth– it has been called the midwife stone.

OBSIDIAN is a molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to crystallize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries and limitation. it is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. Obsidian’s greatest gift is insight into the cause of disease. It aids the digestion of anything that is hard to accept and promotes physical digestion.

OPAL is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces physic and mystical visions. Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It brings loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity, but may amplify fickleness where the propensity is already present. It treats Parkinson’s disease, infections, and fevers and strengthens memory.

SODALITE unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. This stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. Sodalite treats the throat, vocal cords, and larynx and is helpful for hoarseness and digestive disorders.
combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to the earth. Tiger’s eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. Also it balances yin-yang and energies the emotional body. It is helpful for repairing broken bones.

TOURMALINE cleanses, purifies, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. it grounds spiritual energy, clears and balances all the chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body. It enhances energy flow, making it an excellent stone for healing, energy enhancement, and removal of blockages.

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