Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

I did indeed take a foray out to the gem show. :) I went to the Best Bead Show at the Kino Veteran's Memorial Community Center, one I haven't been to before. Very nice! Lots of very pretty lampwork, lots of seed beads. I spent most of my $$ at Dakota Stones. I have been hooked on doing some bead weaving, mostly in the flat spiral stitch. So I was looking for stone in the 6mm - 8mm range. They had plenty of what I was looking for! :)

A couple of different sizes of onyx. The pretty faceted ones will be used in a necklace.

Tiger eye and red tiger eye

Sodalite, white howlite, rhondonite

Goldstone, pyrite

Mexican laguna lace agate, apple jasper, iron zebra jasper

I also found some very pretty copper beads from Avian Oasis

Then I zipped across Ajo Way to the Tucson Electric Park. This show is always fun, because it is huge, and there is a lot of variety. Tools, uncut stone (buckets full of uncut lapis and turquoise!), minerals and fossils, beads, jewelry. I got a good fist full of faceted glass beads. :)

AND .. I've already finished one project with some of the glass beads.

Golden Poppies Bracelet


Donna OShaughnessy said...

Love those copper beads. NEED those copper beads

Aunt Nancy said...

Aren't they pretty !!! :) I'm thinking of mixing them with some turquoise in a bracelet.