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Week 2 at the 2013 Gem Shows in Tucson
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
Tucson Show Report for
February 13, 2013
Lots to see in Tucson!
Oh my goodness! This was my 3rd trip to Tucson and I still found new and amazing things! From earrings made from real butterfly wings to gorgeous gemstone beads and carvings, many of the shows had new things among the beads, scarves, minerals, and gifts we find each year.
The favorite shows I visited besides the JOGS show were the Best Bead Show, the Holidome, and the RV Show. And you wouldn’t believe what we woke up to on Saturday morning:
That’s right, SNOW! What gives? But it was gone by about 9:30. So much for a winter storm – this is Tucson!
Yep – no time, the sun came through, and everything was back to normal!
I found some grossular garnet like we talked about a couple weeks ago – although at $50 a sample, I only took a picture as a souvenier.
Layna’s favorite stone is Pietersite, so I had to get a good picture of these carved pietersite elephants for her – they are about a foot tall and more than two feet wide!
And yes, I had to bring some tools home from JewelryTools.com after seeing teachers using them and making them look sooooo tempting! I got a 1.8mm round punch plier, a weighted rawhide hammer (does a much better job than my old featherweight one), and a brass brush for finishing hammered metal surfaces. I’ve already put them to work, mmm mmm mmmm!
Now, I think I have some more pictures around here… do you want to see more pictures next week from Tucson, or do you want a wire jewelry tip? Leave a comment below with your vote!
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