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Making River Slate Jewelry

The strange story of how a part of what was once somebody's slate roof becomes a piece of jewelry.


Making River Slate JewelryBeing out in nature is so wonderful! A walk on the beach…hiking a mountain trail! Breathing in the fresh air and listening to the birds sing! Letting all your senses soak it in!

I like to call myself a creative naturalist. Where ever I go I can’t help picking out shapes that catch my eye and picturing some form of art that they could be made into. It makes adventures much more fun and immortalizes the experience when you’ve preserved a part of it in art!

This is one of those things that I found while walking along the shore of the Mississippi River near my home. It’s a piece of slate. I don’t know where it came from except the river. But of course that tells me it could be anywhere from Northern Minnesota to New Orleans. I don’t know what it was used for (probably a roof). Actually it’s the mystery of the item that makes it so interesting. What’s its story?

So to preserve it with all of its mysteries I wrapped it in copper wire that I purchased from the hardware store and slid a crystal bead on here and there. The face bead was purchased on ebay at some time or another and I found it a perfect match to the slate background. I let the wire drop lower than the bottom point and twisted it close at the stone leaving a loop to hang the light blue crystal. Then I wrapped a few loops at the top to thread a strip of dyed cheese cloth through for a necklace (just tie a knot in the ends with a long enough strip that you can pull it over head).

Making Sea Glass JewelryThe beach at the lake was littered with Sea Glass when I was growing up and we would pick it up with shells and pretty rocks. It was so plentiful that we didn’t think too much of it but recently I had a piece in my hand and rolling it over I noticed the beauty in it. It was translucent yet opaque. The edges once sharp were now smooth and soft. I was inspired! You’ll find Making Sea Glass Jewelry very similar to Making River Slate Jewelry!

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