I had the chance to run by a Gem and Mineral show today that was in town for the weekend.
There is always so much inspiration at these shows and I always have a list of things I need to pick up...
I grabbed some mica for an upcoming art project...the mica pulls apart in thin sheets and has a metallic sheen.
And some optical calcite!!! What a score! I use them for display bases for small architectural fragments or other oddities I have. (Got the idea from a Veranda magazine where one was used for a place card holder)
Here is the picture from Veranda where a calcite crystal is used for decoration.
Ok, back to the show. I always take reference shots of minerals for use in faux work.
Look at the banding of the malachite! Great reference for some trompe work.
Even the smallest specimens were not to be overlooked.
The best part of the show was a table they had set up for a large meal..every food item was a mineral or gemstone!
There were loaves of rustic bread, cured hams, baked potatoes and pie!
Ended the day with a few pieces of mille fiori glass. I am a sucker for their intricate designs. Hope your weekend was full of fun and art!!