Great day at the craft fair today

Yes today was a great day at the craft fair, it was well attended and I got a few nice comments about the hessian we bought recently to use as table covers on my stand, it went very well with the rocks and trees.

I met a very interesting chap who wanted to have a chat about a lump of rough flint I had on my table which I had placed next to the flint pendants we had made, it was there to demonstrate where the pendants had originated from. Anyway this chap told me his father had lumps of flint in his back garden, piled up and they are about 6″ thick or more and asked if I could use some, the answer of course was yes please. Anyway he said he will bring some to next craft fair in July and I promised to make him a nice paper weight as a thankyou.

Later in the day a young lad and his mum came to the stand and they spent a long time looking at the tumble stones, this young lad really knew his stones as well, he told me his favourite was Amethyst, that was until he spotted a lapis Lazuli cab I had on display his eyes just lit up and he wanted to know all about it. His Mum asked him if he wanted to choose a few tumble stones for his collection, so while he was doing that I had a rummage about in my “reserve” box of tumblestones and found a Lapis specimen, it had quite a bit of calcite in it so wasn’t really going to be used in Shalini’s jewellery, anyway after he had chosen his stones paid for them I gave him the Lapis for free, he was over the moon as was his Mum and they both said they will be back to see me in July at the next fair, good job we have a few kilos of stones tumbleing at the moment.

So all in a long day as organisers, but a good day because of the people I met!



2 thoughts on “Great day at the craft fair today

  • September 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Hi Vivian,

    thanks for dropping by, I like the way you think, very similar minds I think! Regarding the ultra sonic drill, can’t offer any alternatives sorry, the Global shipping companies are indeed our enemy these days, although have you considered shipping by sea, it takes a lot longer but offers considerable savings. We sometimes get our rocks this way and it saves a lot of money.
    DC motors could be an answer as long as you have big enough transforms to reduce the voltage and if you can find powerful enough motors, as you can see we use 240vac motors at .25kw, not overly expensive and very cheap to run.
    I have also thought about air powered machines, run from a compressor, mainly because electricity and water are a lethal mix, but haven’t looked into that further as yet.

    All the best


  • September 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Good morning. I am a mechanical engineer approaching a conclusion of working overseas for the last 40 years. Always had an interest in lapidary but often deterred by the huge costs of manufactured machinery which on inspection, could be made quite easily and cheaply and in some cases much better. I live in Cornwall where there is an abundance of the pretty stones in particular, serpentine, blue slate and obsidian. I intend to set up a workshop, have already sourced a unique grinding machine for bead and small spheres to 25 mm. The diamond saw should not prove too difficult and could be built safely for a few hundreds of pounds. A major difficulty is finding an ultrasonic drill which is available in the States but the carriage costs will be exorbitant.20-30Kg! Is there an alternative available in the UK? Tumblers I can make with ease with the shafts being donated from print cartridges and all the drive cogs one could imagine. One does change colour if not careful. Have thought about DC motor drives for this equipment windscreen motors are pretty reliable from the scrapyards, and flywheels will form grinding plates. The starter rings can be removed with heat and a heavy hammer. Any ideas would be welcome. This will, I hope become more than a hobby. I have travelled the globe and seen some stunning necklaces (with stunning prices)made from semi-precious stone using a cement mixer as a tumbler! If they can do this—. Best regards and good luck with the workshop. Man after my heart.

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