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Your non Folksy items

Come on, cough up, I would wager that you do loads that never see the light of day on Folksy, things for yourself,house,garden. I would also wager that you are like the Universe,something infinite that we only ever get to see a tiny fraction of.
Some of my “hobby bits” are heavy and cost an arm and a leg to ship so I don’t bother with them.
Here are some,they are two cut and polished Septarian nodules.The Romans built the walls around my town with Septarian and the Normans the castle keep. What I have cut is useless for building however as the frost gets behind the chrystals and the stone will crumble,it has to be free of chrystals to buid with.Also there are two candle holders for my garden,one Septarian the other Calcite,easy to make now with the low cost of Diamond tooling. Perhaps if you post some of yours you may get a positive response and look twice at them.

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I used to have more of my lower price point jewellery listed on here but it never got looked at and I thought it confused my shop so I removed it and now it is just for craft markets (where it does sell well). I also have plenty of jewellery I’ve made for myself (walking advertisement) which would be worthy of showing off unlike the bits I’ve knitted for myself.
As for your septarian nodules - Alex my tame lapidarist occasionally has then on his website cut into cabs and I’m often tempted but normally tempted more by other things he has - so it might be worth cabbing them to see if you can tempt me or any of the other jewellers. I’ve just bought a couple of cabs of ‘marston marble’ which looks like your nodules but with added fossils. Last year Alex cabbed some cobbles I picked up on a beach in New Zealand that I thought looked interesting and turned out to be garnet crystals in granite, he is currently cabbing some slabs of spectrolite I bought back from Finland which I know will be pretty. I think he now dreds me going on holiday because of what I might bring back in the suitcase and hand over to him.

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It’s good that you can get stones cabbed,some times you get very unique results, I have seen how you use odly shaped things to great effect.Perhaps you should post some of your other things,as I said you may start to look twice at them.
I brought back some Skye marble but it under cuts and pits,very difficult to polish and found dry sanding was the best way forward, never tried marston marble.
The fact that tourists pay maybe £30 for a piece in the gift shops when it is scattered all over Skye somewhat amuses me.

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Ah but you have to have an eye for these things which most people don’t! I’ve found some nice fossils over the years just walking along the Jurassic Coast. The best of these has to be a piece of a tiny arm-bone embedded in a flint. Because it came from a chalk deposit I’m assuming it is from a pterosaur…But those who don’t know what they are looking for easily pass stuff like this by.

Love Sam x

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Here’s some stuff I’ve made that’s on Pinterest and didn’t sell through Folksy, by the by…

Sam x

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You are right there Samantha,and sometimes it’s the hands and knees job.
I am near the Essex coast, we don’t get dino fossils,countless sharks teeth,rays teeth and pyritised wood and palm seeds,Pleocene and Eocene stuff.

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Antway,where have you been?I have missed your posts.

Damn,I should have thought of a frosty morning and now I am beaten to it.
Nice work Samantha.

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I make word art in box frames, but haven’t listed any on here as they’d cost a small fortune to post safely.
(And I’m sure there are plenty on here already)
They do make nifty last minute wedding gifts (and goodness I do like to leave things to the last minute!)

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Bojanglies,yep I know about last minute,and stress,I made a pair of wedding rings,my son wanted the old man to make them,I knew they fitted but when it got to the" with this ring I thee wed" bit I was left thinking" Pleeeease let them fit."
I like what you are doing and people would pay the shipping for a wedding,you only have to try one,just try to complete and ship them on time,thats a bit stiff coming from me as it is mandatory for me to be 10 minutes late for everything.

Bojanglies,another dark horse,this is what I am talking about,been to your shop and I bet you do allsorts we don’t see.

I haven’t posted for a few days! Thanks for you lovely comments, James :slight_smile: The bead-work is something I’ve been doing for a while, but it takes too long to make a profit from so I only list it once just in case it sells and then I wear it myself!

Sam x

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I love your posts Samantha,all sorts of interesting things,I would like to converse about rocks and fossil and all sorts but I think I may find myself out gunned at times.

I’m sure we could have a thread discussing rocks and fossils (I don’t know much about fossils, more about rocks) and whilst we’ll never all agree on what makes a pretty rock it might introduce people to something they like but had never come across before. I’m waiting on deliveries of fordite, ocean jasper and pietersite.

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That might be good and some of us may be unaware of what is around locally,Essex is not that great but the beaches do have Citrine,Carnelian, Agate, Banded Calcite,Jet and Amber although Amber is scarce and there is coal washed up from the old steam ships so you have to do the streak test for Jet.I have some things in mind where colour is more important than intrinsic value so even stuff like Chert,common White Quatz (Snow, if you want to sell it though) and Flint is of value to me.

The other half has a rule that if I find it I have to carry it which stops me from bringing home the larger rocks on the rare occasions that we go to the sea side but that doesn’t stop me from coming home with a pocketful of pebbles (they are useful as props when I take photos even if they aren’t worth the expense of getting Alex the lapidarist to cut/ polish them for me). Our trips to the sea side tend to be Suffolk/ Norfolk (we’re in Cambridge) we might have to try the beaches of Essex at some point. I’ll find a bit of the marston marble from the stash and photograph it so you can see what it looks like. Its originally from Marston Magna in Somerset and I am originally a west country lass which was one of the reasons I bought it (the other being that I find it interesting).

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I also make chess sets cut on a scrollsaw which I don’t sell on Folksy as I feel they are too heavy to post ,I might do one day.
I also make Ukelele’s.


Paul

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You need my son as well as Alex,he has carted 20 kilo bits back before today.
That thread you mentioned gets better by the minute and perhaps we could have some sort of swap shop,some things local to us may be scarcer elswhere in the country or perhaps just swap our surplus.

Paul,I know skill when I see it,your profit margin must be a bit on the lean side with so much work going into your items.Such a great finish on them.

Paul,perhaps one day should be soon,they may well cover the shipping for your chess sets on the grounds that they are unique. I n the meantime-a Uke ?