Remember those Lake Superior stones I picked up on my cousin’s beach? I think I may have figured out one of the ways I’m going to use some of the larger ones…
I love the natural look of the stones but when they’re dry they lose some of their color. So I purchased a rock tumbler thinking that would be a good way to polish them up. The problem is that it takes a lot longer to tumble them than I realized… would you believe it takes over a month to tumble them through four different grits?!
So last week, at our family reunion, I spent some time brainstorming with my cousins. One of them wondered if a spray on glaze might work. Hmmm! Yesterday I picked some up and I’m pleased with the results. It’s a different look than a tumbled stone. But for what I’m doing I think it works! It definitely highlights the colors you see when they’re wet.
I always incorporate my beads into the pieces I create. So my next step will be coming up with a bead that will complement the smooth, flat stones. More to come….. 😉
Nancy Sells Puffer is a lampwork bead/jewelry artist from Grand Rapids, MI.