Posts Tagged ‘labradorite’

Eternal or Endless Knot Mosaic with Labradorite

May 24, 2019


This is my version of the eternal or endless knot. It is a combination of stringing and mosaic. The strung beads showing schiller are labradorite rondelles. The flat squares are white calcite (N), and the flat circles and ovals are shell.


Eternal Knot with Labradorite, calcite & shell. Bead mosaic by Mike Smetzer.

Eternal knot with labradorite, calcite & shell.


Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree

December 27, 2017

I have been thinking about doing chip mosaics for years. Finally tried my hand at it. It is tedious but enjoyable. Kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle without having any pieces cut to fit. It suits me since I like creating by accretion.

To begin with the plan was for a much bigger spruce tree, as gray fox are climbers. Alas, I ran short of aventurine in my chosen shade of green. I also know I could do better with the spruce tree if I lined up the chips to follow the flow of the branches. And if I were concerned about filling in the gaps, more tiny pieces would definitely help.

I am not looking for a polished image here. More like the chance images people see in nature, in clouds or the grain of wood. Suggestive rather than technically correct or realistic images. Gems in the rough.

The stone chips are green aventurine, labradorite, and garnet. Labradorite is an iridescent mineral, and you can see its play of color in the fox’s right ear. These chips are attached with varnish to the back of a postcard intended for watercolor.


Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree - chip mosaic by Mike Smetzer

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree