This is my 2nd contribution in regard to our summer motorcycle trip which brought us up through the mountains from San Diego to Arcata (via Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park). Arcata is on the Pacific Ocean and home to Humboldt State Univ. It is a college town. We stayed with a good friend for 2 days. Time to clean and rest up and to visit Laurel Skye’s “SkyeLab“! Laurel is a mosaic artist. She teaches across the country (and even in Italy), writes books on her art form, and uses her home as a studio or “lab”. She also sells mosaic supplies. She generously invites interested folks to visit and that is what we did!
on the porch
Toilet bowl tiled with copper pennies
Mosaic plates (some are used for light switch covers)
The entire house is decorated with mosaics, the porch, the front door, the floors, the walls, chairs, tables, the garden, the kitchen, the bathtub and even the toilet bowl! Here are some pictures, but be sure to visit her own website where you will see a mosaic decorated mandolin and a trumpet! There are lots of ideas on how to use mosaics to decorate your own home. Also, you should check out some of the other artists featured on mosaicartsource.com.
I am truly amazed at the many different styles and the expressive nature of some of the art work.
You would not think that rocks can be sexy, seductive, elegant, graceful and feminine! Would you? Well, it is a bit different if we are talking diamond “rocks” as in this necklace:
Diamonds naturally crystalize in cubes and these little grey diamonds in the rough are each drilled. A tiny gold wire (28 gauge) is then inserted through the diamond and balled up with a minute flame from an acetylene torch and attached to a fine and elegant 18 karat gold chain. Since the flame comes so close to the diamond, this will heat up the diamond to a very high temperature. This technique can only be used with diamonds because other gems are less heat tolerant. Never the less, occasionally a diamond will zing!! That’s when it splits and the pieces fly through the studio!
Because the diamonds are in the rough, there is an organic quality to this necklace. Sometimes I get comments such as “exquisite”, “sophisticated” and “charming”. But what I really think: this was a huge “labor of love”.
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