Rough Rock Shop Improved

The New Rough Rock ShopAfter a long time of trying to work out why the site was running so slowly at times we realized that the shop plug-in we were using was the culprit. For some reason we just couldn’t upgrade this plug-in to the latest version as I kept messing up.

So, we decided to use a different shop plug-in, Market Press from the guys WPMU, it’s a lot easier to use and a lot less “clunky” and now the site is running at a decent speed again.

So what’s new in the shop, well over the next week I have quite few more rough rocks to add, so far we have weighed and measured 50 items including Denim Lapis Lazuli, Labradorite, Sodalite, Rose Quartz and Tiger Eye so these will be the first be added.

We also have lots more Porcelain Jasper, sometimes known as Exotica Jasper, and a newcomer, Sorronan Moss Agate plus some others too.

Following that our Cabochons will also be put on offer.

There will also be various rough rock that we have put one polished face on, this could be used for display or cut up for Lapidary projects.

The shop has been quite busy over the last month which is great considering the current economic climate and we do appreciate your support.

So why not step inside and have a browse around the new Rough Rock Shop , we would welcome your comments both good and bad thanks!

Looking Forward to being a busy Lapidary in 2011

In addition to working semi precious stones like Tiger Eye, Blue Lace Agate and the many others we have in stock I also want to revisit my big stock of Flint and get to know it better and maybe couple it with the copper wire to produce a range of “not too expensive” jewellery but keeping it in the same class as our Sterling Silver wrapped jewellery. I also like the Flint because it’s a material I collected myself from an excavation site, so there is more of a bond to it than the bought in rough that we have.

Happy New Year

Well 2010 has been and gone now and now we look forward to 2011 in a positive manner and to getting the grinding and sanding wheel a turning again in the Lapidary workshop.

2010 was a quiet year out in the workshop for many reasons like other work commitments and to be honest no real need for more cabochons and tumble stones, simply because there wasn’t a lot of selling going on at the craft fairs in the first half of the year.

Fortunately things picked up in the second half of 2010 with the sale of rough rock showing an improvement and Shalini’s finished jewellery sales have also picked up a lot, so now we have got to start producing more of unique free form cabochons and get those tumbling machines spinning again.

While I am on the subject I should also mention that Shalini has completely rebuilt her on-line Jewellery Showroom and Shop which you can visit at http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk and I have got the Rough Rock Shop on line as well, although I still have to get some cabochons and slabs photographed to on there, but you can find the Rough Rock Shop at: http://www.roughrockshop.co.uk

On the subject of tumble stones it has been really nice to see how interested the youngsters are in these stone’s, in fact I would say the vast majority of tumble stones have gone to kids who are under 10 years of age which is really nice.

We are also going to explore the possibilities if using copper wire more in our jewellery creations, in fact we are actively looking for a good source of 21swg square copper and half round wire, looks like we will have to import it from the USA as we haven’t found a supplier over here in the UK.

In addition to working semi precious stones like Tiger Eye, Blue Lace Agate and the many others we have in stock I also want to revisit my big stock of Flint and get to know it better and maybe couple it with the copper wire to produce a range of “not too expensive” jewellery but keeping it in the same class as our Sterling Silver wrapped jewellery. I also like the Flint because it’s a material I collected myself from an excavation site, so there is more of a bond to it than the bought in rough that we have.

Our adventures with wire tree sculptures have continued throughout 2010 and now instead of a small copse of trees we now have a small forest so to speak. We have made all kinds of shapes and sizes of trees out of bare copper, plated copper, aluminium and brass. I also had the idea of creating wire sculptures of Ent’s, you may remember them from the Lord of The Rings films, the most notable of the Ent’s was a chap named Tree Beard.

At first I wasn’t too sure how these Ents would turn out but I am happy to say that most people who have seen them at the craft fairs have recognised them who they are, so I must have got them right I guess. So Far I have made 3 Ents, one has gone to a new home in the last few months and seems to have settled in quite happily with his new family. There is also a larger one who is taking a rest sitting on a pile of boulders, I will get a picture of him up here soon and then there is the bay Ent who only got completed about two weeks ago, he looks to be full of mischief!

The wire sculptures will continue into 2011 as I am just about to start one in bare iron wire, maybe a foot tall as this one is going to be an experiment as he will be out outside when he is finished. I want to see how the wire rusts and how it adds to the overall finish of the tree. If it works then there will be a range of taller outdoor tree sculptures made which can go in the garden or on the patio.

So there we have it lots of plans for 2011, so first up when it gets a bit warmer is to give all of the equipment out in the Lapidary workshop a good servicing so it’s ready for use however I think this afternoon I will make a start on that bare iron wire tree sculpture I just mentioned.

All the best

Dave

Rough Rock Shop Open

There is a good range of rough rock from all over the world to be found in the shop, much of it has been imported by us over the last few years.

The New Rough Rock shop has now been populated and is now live.

There is a good range of rough rock from all over the world to be found in the shop, much of it has been imported by us over the last few years.

The aim of our shop is to offer rough rock that is already in stock the UK which will get rid of the nasty surprises that sometimes happen when packages arrive from abroad, for example the unforeseen customs charges or the carriers “admin” charges and of course the long wait for it to arrive. All of our rough is in stock here in the UK and will be sent by Royal Mail first class, usually the day after you make your order.

The rough rock we offer is all good quality, we know this because it’s the same rough that we use in our Lapidary workshop to make the semi precious gemstones that Shalini uses in her jewellery, which you can see in her jewellery showroom.

Our rough rock may also be of interest to those involved in crystal healing and mineral collectors as well, of late we have been very pleased to see how knowledgeable children are in this field and they always leave our stall at craft markets with some tumble stones.

At this time we still have to add a large stock of Soronan Moss Agate to the shop which will be done after it has been photographed. There is also quite a lot of Ruby rough that will be suitable to the facetter’s out there to be added as well.

At the time of writing we also have a large amount of African Tiger eye winging it’s way to us, this will be listed in the shop soon after its arrival.

Although we have primarily set this shop up for the UK market, we are more than happy to post abroad but just keep in mind, overseas postage charges will have to be calculated so its best to contact us first if you find something you are interested in.

New Rough Rock Shop Coming Soon

I am currently in the process of redeveloping the rough rock shop. I spent most of yesterday doing a complete stock check of our rough and believe me, we have plenty of it

Update: The Rough Rock Shop is now 50% populated and I hope to complete it today, please see the Rough Rock Shop tag above.

As you may have noticed if you have visited the blog recently, I am currently in the process of redeveloping the rough rock shop. I spent most of yesterday doing a complete stock check of our rough and believe me, we have plenty of it.

Because of high postage costs to non UK locations we are primarily focussing this shop toward the UK Lapidary or anyone who has an interest in semi precious rough rock, minerals and crystals. However, I will post abroad but shipping costs will have to be worked out on an individual basis.

There will be a wide variety of rough on offer which will be suitable for cutting, tumbling and some nice pieces for the mineral specimen collector as well.

I will also be offering pre-cut slabs as well which will be ideal for those Lapidaries who have smaller saws. And for the Jewellery maker, I will also offer some free form cabochons which we have made for sale.

Anyway here is a list of what you can expect to find in the Rough Rock shop:

Rose Quartz
Sodalite
Ladradorite
Green Aventurine
Blue Aventurine
Pink Aventurine
Chevron Amethyst
Seftonite (South African Bloodstone)
Citrine
Bloodstone
Blue Lace Agate
Denim Lapis Lazuli
Porcelain Jasper
Soronan Moss Agate

I hope to have the Rough Rock shop up and running by the end of this month.

Best regards

Dave