Over the last few months I have been busy working on some Petoskey Stone Pendants. I picked up a quart jar of rough stones. Since then, I have been polishing and wrapping them. Some, like the rounded cabochon stone to the left, I wrapped with square wire in a cage. The stone below is a good way to wrap an uneven stone.
Petoskey Stones are a popular stone here in Northern Michigan. Tourists especially love them, but they are near and dear to the hearts of us locals too. They are actually fossils. They are usually found along the local beaches. When seen in their unpolished state, Petoskey Stones are a light gray rock that is easily passed up. It is only when wet or polished that the unique pattern is visible. Many who hunt them bring along a bucket of water to dip them in to check to see what that stone looks like.
while wet. Then when it dries, I will see all the scratches and other flaws that I missed. So I keep wetting it and working on it more. Eventually, when I get the stone the way I want it to be, I use a special polish for stones such as this. Actually, if you get the stone the way you want it, you don't need any polish, but I like the extra sparkle. To finish, I use a wool cloth or a piece of old carpet the finish the job. Then I wash the stone well. Once it dries, it is ready to wrap. The stone above is a cage design.
I am not sure yet whether to sell these as plain pendants or incorporate them into necklaces. My love of putting together beads will likely lead to them being part of necklaces.