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Greg Hiller

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Sierra Madre agate, a few malachite pieces, some enameling...
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:28:31 AM »

A bit of work from the last couple of weeks.  The top left (pendant) I believe is Sierra Madre Agate.  Next one over is an agate/jasper we collected ourselves, from the 'Lavic siding' site in California.  I put a little piece of pattern wire I had left over on the top.  Next is a labradorite and then a malachite pendant.  Then I started playing with enamel again.  I never really learned much the first time, but I'm trying a bit harder now.  The blue color can sure add a lot to some pieces.  Then the final piece is a chunk of malachite that just didn't seem like it made sense to turn into a normal cab form, it would have lost too much of the interesting pattern I think. 
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Re: Sierra Madre agate, a few malachite pieces, some enameling...
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2016, 01:03:00 PM »

Beautiful pieces! That lavic siding material is interesting, and I love the pattern piece above the circular cab. The malachite pattern is gorgeous within that shape.
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- Erika

I rock hunt in the Antelope/Ashwood area of the John Day river basin in Oregon. 90% of what I post is from this area, from private property where I have permission to hike and collect. The material I find is for personal use only, I do not have landowner permission to sell. Thanks for understanding!

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Re: Sierra Madre agate, a few malachite pieces, some enameling...
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2016, 06:47:30 PM »

That is a pretty nice collection of Scroll work you got going there! I have been known to make some myself now and then.
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Re: Sierra Madre agate, a few malachite pieces, some enameling...
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2016, 07:24:37 AM »

I got into the filigree stuff after reading the Silver Threads book by Jeanne Rhodes-Moen.  I use twisted wire Argentium silver, annealed, then run through a roller, then annealed one last time.  Once the wire is in this form I've found it much easier to twist into the shapes I want and to make consistent shapes so that the pieces look symmetrical. 
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