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picking rocks


About this design:

I picked up rocks on the beach along Lake Superior where I lived a few months ago. I finally took my husband's dremel and drilled holes in some of the pebbles. Now I am making them into necklaces. I believe this rock is diabase.

Components:

Diabase, leather cord, silver jump rings and bead

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  1. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    I love this kinda stuff picking up from nature.

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Wow! You have more courage than I. If I tried to drill a hole in a rock it would probably go zinging off to who knows where. Great looking work.

  3. martham
    martham says:

    The drilling turned out to be easier than I expected. I put the rock in a cake pan filled with water. I marked my “spot” with a pen and drilled, always with the rock under water to keep the bit cool. I got a cheap diamond bit for the dremel. It only took seconds to drill. I’ve drilled about 20 rocks, mostly basalt, some gabro, diabase and sandstone. I also picked up some glass but I haven’t drilled that yet.

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    I love sandstone! I also love this, stuff like this is just so awesome. Mother Earth has a way of gifting us with so many beautiful things, it’s a shame thet they get passed by so often, people often forget “The Earth is our Mother, She gives and she takes”. Beautiful piece. In my faves.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    This is great!!!
    I’ve been wanting to drill some of my “nature finds” for a long time but was uncertain how to do it. Thank you for posting how you did it and what the beautiful outcome was!! :-)

    Let us know how the glass works out. I’ve got some “creek glass” and “beach glass” that needs drilling.

  6. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    This is lovely. I have always wanted to use real rocks, and now I know what I need to get … a dremel tool. Very nice design.

  7. martham
    martham says:

    Because you drill underwater the water gets really dirty, with some stones are worse than others. I changed the water between stones.

    One thing I forgot to mention. You need to put the stone on top of a piece of wood when drilling or you might drill through your water pan. I used thin piece of wood and actually taped the stone to the wood with masking tape to make it easier to hold under the water while I drilled with the hand.

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the additional info on drilling rocks. I may just work up enough courage to give it a try. Now I need to find the dremel tool my husband bought several years ago. Maybe my son knows where it is….? Oh, joy! A new project! Woo Hoo! :D

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Thanks Martham. I appreciate you sharing this information. The man at the flea market was trying to tell my husband to hold the stone in a mayonase jar. My husband has very large hands and I am sure he thought this is just too much trouble to even try. I printed it out for him so he could read it because he doesn’t like reading off the computer. Wonderful information. Now I bet we have a dremmel tool and a diamond bit soon. LOL. However there really are very few rocks in Florida to find. ROTFLOL. Just sand I suppose we’ll have to buy rocks. Oh what an idea when in Ohio I could have had all the pretty rocks I wanted. LOL

  10. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Hey thanks MarthaM. I collect rocks from all over the country when I travel. Now I know what to do with some of them. First I must steal my husbands dremel…….. I would love to try some beach glass too. Does anyone know where I can buy some of that?

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