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Kaljaia

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Agate Slab Lanterns
« on: July 22, 2019, 08:01:11 AM »

I love this moss I've gotten into, but it's not very solid. Variable hardness and a few big fractures, so am finding other things to make with it. It isn't quite utilitarian jewelry or rock carving :P not sure where to put it. But it does involve rock!











I love candle holders but am not attracted to the light-up agate slab pillars or rock-with-a-bulb stuff usually listed as "agate lanterns." So I'm making these instead, apparently. We'll see how well they hold up to being used for candles or LED lights! It's not easy to find a rock big enough, and solid enough, and translucent enough, for this but that's what makes it fun, right?
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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: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2019, 09:29:12 AM »

Those are fabulous!
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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2019, 03:25:44 PM »

Those are excellent! As you said, much better looking than the typical stuff out there.

I'd be tempted to buy one and put a light socket in it.

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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2019, 04:04:00 PM »

Very nice. I was thinking about doing something similar by casting my red selenite crystals in cement then slabbing the blocks. The red selenite is beautiful polished up.
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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2019, 08:40:11 PM »

Erika, those are awesome!   :WEEEE:
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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2019, 09:40:34 PM »

What Robin said! A couple of questions.... Where are you sourcing the lantern metal? Are you doing the metal or finding them somewhere? Are you polishing the slabs? They look great and I am thinking this would be a great use for some of the material that I cannot get cabs out of. Personal use only of course.
Very nice!
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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2019, 11:25:10 PM »

Thanks for the kind words folks, glad you like them!

What Robin said! A couple of questions.... Where are you sourcing the lantern metal? Are you doing the metal or finding them somewhere? Are you polishing the slabs? They look great and I am thinking this would be a great use for some of the material that I cannot get cabs out of. Personal use only of course.
Very nice!

The lanterns are Hobby Lobby candle holder lanterns. I'm swapping the glass panels for agate slabs. If you're buying lanterns there, check the glass is held in by bent tabs and removable. The more expensive ones have non-removable glass :P I'm not polishing the slabs, as the material isn't flawless and I don't have a flat lap or belt sander yet and I'm finding out that genies are not the best tool in the shed for polishing large flat areas... the red moss is thick enough it probably could hold up, but the green moss slabs are very thin and the material has some fractures and pitting. Polishing would probably increase the translucence.

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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 05:56:16 PM »

beautiful
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Re: Agate Slab Lanterns
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 06:37:26 PM »

Pretty cool, I might try something similar..
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