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Snowflake Obsidian by lamorth-the-seeker Snowflake Obsidian by lamorth-the-seeker
Actually not happy with how this one came out. If it doesn't sell this weekend, and no one shows interest, I'm going to cut it apart and re do it when I get my order of wire next week.

I am happy with how the stone came out though, I like it a lot. It took a really nice polish.
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Sesquicentennial Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
what do you do with scrap wire? Do you use a lot of silver or is the wire made from something else less expensive?
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
The wire is solid silver, Argentium 930 (93% pure silver) about $38 for 12 feet of 18 gauge(26 an inch). It is a little expensive, but then I get to charge more(but mess-ups are costly).

The site where I buy my wire from buys scrap metals, so I've been collecting my scrap silver til I have enough to make it worth while returning it, or til the market explodes on silver and it makes it to gold prices(lol).
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Sesquicentennial Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
that's what I was wondering, whether if you have to scrap some of the wire that you can sell it somehow.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Yep, I can get 85% of market value when I return it, so I'm collecting it. I have several (lots) grams, but I don't have a scale so I don't have any idea. I need to get a scale so I can measure the carat weight of my stones. When I sell them I can say that it is X carats, it just sounds more professional. Even for a low-value stone saying it is 25 carats sounds impressive unless you know that a carat is 1/5 of a gram and 25 is only 5 grams.
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Sesquicentennial Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Do you want an electronic scale or mechanical? I have an electronic scale that I use for postage that weighs to the gram or 0.1 ounce, but that isn't accurate enough for you. You probably want one that's accurate to 0.01 gram or maybe even 0.001 gram. It sounds expensive...

25 carats definitely sounds better than 5 grams. Especially since everybody knows what a carat is, even if they don't know that it's so small... I didn't know that it was that small myself.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I need an electronic scale that can measure in both carats and troy ounces. I buy my silver by weight and by length for my smaller gauge. I want to measure the carat weight of the stone(s) before I wrap, then total weight once it's wrapped, then I can know exactly how much wire I've used. It doesn't really matter, I'm just curious. I charge enough that I get compensated for wire costs. Mostly, I just want to be able to tell the customer that they are holding an X carat something. I would like to know how much wire I use and thus my actual profit margin.

I never intended for this to become a real endeavor, I just wanted to wrap my moldavite.
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love obsidian and this is such a beautiful pendant!
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thanks. I got a whole slab of it for free and I've only just cut this one. It's really nice and polishes well.
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, obsidian is usually a willing stone to work with. And you've done a lovely job of polishing it!
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thanks.
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