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My Encounter with Flourite :: Knowledge through Jewelry Making and Natural Stones

Try as hard as I may, I could never remember all of the ideas I encounter in one day as an artist. Add moments of enlightenment and you can just forget it! So as I rush to my tablet today in hopes of capturing the raging river that is my brain right now, bear with me. In digging through my gemstone box last week I picked up an unused strand of flourite. Studying it closely made me forget that I had purchased it, and I had one of those exciting moments of “What do I want to do with this?”. Most of my beads are intended to be part of a design or plan, but not so much the case here. I really had bought the strand because it had my favorite colors, aquas, greens, and purples. All in one place! Because I love learning about the healing factors, qualities, hardness, etc. of stones, I wanted to dig deeper. Here’s a little bit of what I found : Flourite belongs to the spar family. It is also known as feldspar and can be separated into flakes. Due to a wide range of colors, it is also said to contain something of all the other gemstones in it. Folklore claims that it is the home of rainbows. Rainbows! There it is…that cool interconnection that we get from things, if we are looking. Rainbows are meaningful to me in that they remind us of promises. I have seen some if the best rainbows appear at some of the most trying times ever. Most recently, I had seen one a week after I made this necklace here, which contained my birthstone, amethyst, and flourite.

Walking Dog Necklace
Walking Dog Necklace

I read on to discover that it comes from the Latin word for flux, which refers to a substance that promotes flowing and combining of other metals and materials. Once again, I was inspired. A “flow”. This is what I needed, a creative flow, and boy was it coming! And from this stone alone. I was really beginning to like this stone. Fluorite was also used , in fact, as a flux in steel and other materials that required the removal of impurities. Another thing greatly appreciated…the removal of impurities. Healing properties of the stone are particularly helpful for ailments such as energy blockages, respiratory problems, and arthritis. I found a chart categorizing the colors and their specifics here : Yellow :: Helps in the treatment of diseases of the spleen and kidney. Green :: Relieves asthma and regenerates the lung tissues. Blue :: (Also called Blue John) Combats colds, infections, and certain circulation problems. Violet :: Has a beneficial effect on the head and brain.

There were many other interesting finds relating to flourite. I wanted to share them all, but stuck to those findings as related to my personal experiences. It particularly interested me to read that it was a good stone for creatives, artists, and the like because of its’ focus factor. It seemed as if I was applying my ability to concentrate and differentiate as I was reading about it. So it was working, right then and there! I hope that you find enlightenment and a discovery of your own should you work with, or read more about this stone.

~McGlamorous

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Patience Grasshopper :: Scaling The Great Wall

I love the garden in the back of my Grandmother’s house. It is a small space, but it has a certain energy to it, making it a good place to create and meditate. Each time I look out the window I see this Japanese maple tree, and it just takes me somewhere.Pisces and Stone

 

Lots of jewelry designs have been assembled from inspiration of this area, but one little visitor in particular made me laugh. He reminded me of the efforts it takes to get where you are going, and to never quit, even as ungraceful as it may be! I was inspired and decided to document him. Here’s what I caught :

 

He gets my attention here. Looks like he’s trying to go somewhere. He’s feeling the wall, gaining focus.

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Another angle.

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He makes the first step fine.

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Distant shot. He’s contemplating.

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Livin’ on the edge. I start laughing. Never seen this angle.

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Here we go…

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Wall!

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Patience Grasshopper. You can do it.

 

A great message delivered in a humorous way.

 

~McGlamorous

 

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Sequential Shorts :: The Painted Turtle

Each and every year I am fortunate enough to be visited by some kind of critter on my Birthday. It’s a new trend, something that has developed over the last few years, and I’ve slowly learned to take notice. Quite intriguing really, when one of these totems shows up because they are so unique and well –  special. This year I took careful observation to the turtle who passed my way. I called him / her the “Painted Turtle”. You see, the turtle has slowly been introducing itself in the forms of art, pictures on the internet, and elsewhere for years. Not to mention my aunt who loves turtles and would buy one of my turtle necklaces on occasion. I’ve never really been attracted. Couldn’t connect with it. Since then I’ve dabbled in some research coming from Native American symbolism and found out that it represents a slower series of steps and longer cycles of transformation. Patience came to mind as well as developing a more grounded development of faith, art, talent, or whatever you may be trying to improve upon. Last summer I had an exciting experience with a really beautiful dragonfly (post coming soon), so I was looking forward to approaching this visitor with my camera.

Here’s what I was able to capture:

Firstly, as I was leaving to pick up dinner, my I saw my dog barking non-stop at something. I was getting into the car when I noticed the visitor on the walk. I ran inside to get the camera,very excited.

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I came closer.

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It looks like a war helmet. Then I noticed the painted figures.

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Dragonflies on the top and of all things, dancers on the side. This had big meaning to me, which I will elaborate on in another post.

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Dragonflies in detail. It was so artistic.

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I really wanted it to come out of it’s shell, so I asked! Don’t laugh.

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Of course, the cat had to get in the shot.

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Closer…you can do it.

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Hello there!

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Then it poses and I can see the beautiful colors and patterns.

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In the meantime I go to pick up the food and come back to still find that it has moved towards it’s destination. I stop and kneel down for one more look. It stops and gives me time.

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Another moment.

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And then I notice as the sun is setting, it is headed onward. A dragonfly on the back, and dancers on the side.

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At this moment I am overwhelmed with the message. Something was speaking and healing, at least that’s how I saw it. Since the turtle is about perseverance, patience, and more, it just gave me a good feeling. Keep going as you are. Faith in your spirit and dance in your heart. Walk your path…..that’s all…..walk your path.

Please stay tuned and check out my Sequential Shorts category for further stories.

~ McGlamorous

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Hungry for Red :: Healing Through Color

Bold Beauty Necklace
Spicy and Sweet Bracelet
Spicy and Sweet Bracelet

Ever had that craving? A juicy red steak? A glass of red wine? The body usually talks to us when it’s ready for something it needs, that is if we are sensitive enough to listen. I was a little surprised this last month when I all of the sudden had a craving for working in the color red. Quite odd because past experiences where dreadful. I usually dropped all of my beads, sweat profusely, and just became a hot mess. Each time I worked in this color I found myself adding a contrast just to calm it all down. This got me curious as to why it was suddenly my best friend. Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy about it. Certain shades just do it for me, especially those with a bit of blue tone in them.

Life has rapid changes. It is in some of the greatest losses that I have had these profound moments. Usually a part of my body will hold on to pain, or I will begin attracting a color for an abnormal reason. For example when a parent passed away I began to have terrible stomach pains in the solar plexus area. I later learned its’ association with yellow. I began to see it in a positive light. So what was the case with red?

Red Tribal Necklace
Red Tribal Necklace

Red is known as a base or root chakra in the body. Maybe this was associated with lower back problems that wouldn’t leave. I found it interesting that it deals with groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust, all things I had been dealing with. I was also trying to conquer something I was extremely passionate about, passion being another symbol of red.The positive thing was that the stronger I got, the more I craved it. It has been all part of the healing. This is what I love about art. It’s a way of weaving one big thread that connects everything to our senses and to who we are.

Being an artist has always made me sensitive to things, too sensitive at times, but I agree with the choices of color, food, and general healing that a soul decides. Listen to your guts….they know.

 

~ McGlamorous