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DIY River Stone Necklace for Amateur Rockhounds

Updated on October 9, 2014
Shores of the Black River
Shores of the Black River | Source

Rockhounding along the Black River

My husband LOVES to fish. I just LIKE to fish, which means I have some downtime while he's trying to land the big one. When I'm surrounded by all that nature, I have to spend some time in pure appreciation. The photo you see here of the shoreline of the beautiful Black River in western Wisconsin might just look to you like a bunch of brown rocks, but to me... up close... in detail... there are a multitude of colors and textures and fun.

Rockhounding can be thought of as a western hobby and it is very popular in many of the western states where gemstones and semi-precious gemstones are more plentiful. But every state has its rockhound sites. While I consider myself a rockhound, because I love finding beautiful stones and making jewelry with them, by any true rock collector's definition, I'm probably not part of the club. Nevertheless, I love rocks! I love to look at them. I admire their many qualities. And I love to make beautiful jewelry with them. I hope you like the jewelry tutorial and make a necklace of your own using of simple, river-polished stones.

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A Little Bit about the Mighty Black

The Black River stretches from Taylor County in north central Wisconsin 160 miles to join the Mississippi River in La Crosse. This means that it begins in the "glaciated area" of the state, where the glaciers leveled the land, and travels through the Coulee Region, which was untouched by the glaciers. The Region is a lovely area marked by ridges and coulees (or small valleys) and is a modern day geology lesson in what Wisconsin looked like before the last glaciers came through. The northern reaches of the river are mostly rocky, while the southern stretches are very sandy.

The Black River was named for its dark colored water, which is stained by rich tannins from the area's pine forests. It is home to many endangered species including a variety of mussels and fish.

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Lake Superior Agate (polished)
Lake Superior Agate (polished) | Source

Stones with Polish

The Black River has been known to produce some respectable agates and Wisconsin is known for both amethyst and agate among other desirable stones. But really, the area where I live is mostly known for iron and sand. Really valuable iron and frac sand, but still not the rock collector's dream.

Pictured here is a Lake Superior Agate that has been polished in a rock tumbler. I don't own a rock tumbler and don't have the time to dedicate to that hobby (though I would love to) so I have learned to love the natural finish that the river puts on stones. Many stones that might not otherwise be notable are made beautiful by the shape and texture the river gives them. It is with these stones that I frequently make my necklaces.

Give Your Rocks a Tumble

A natural river polish isn't for everyone. If you like your stones shiny and smooth, a rock tumbler is for you. Truth in advertising... Like I said, I don't own a rock tumbler myself. They take time and attention that I'm not able to give them. However, I've wanted one ever since I can remember.

This highly rated rock tumbler is affordably priced and ready to take on your project. It has a 3 lb capacity, more than enough for a beginner. We've all heard that these can make a lot of noise, which can be a real drawback for some people, but many of the customer reviews indicated that this was a pretty quiet unit.

Introduction To Lapidary (Jewelry Crafts)
Introduction To Lapidary (Jewelry Crafts)

Not sure if you're ready to take on the hobby of rock tumbling? An affordable way to get started is to read up on the process, supplies needed, and the time it takes to get involved. The book I used is not available anymore, but this one has many excellent customer reviews that say it is perfect for beginners.

 
A stone found in the Black River, knotted for wearing as a necklace
A stone found in the Black River, knotted for wearing as a necklace | Source

Jewelry with a Sense of Place

This is the stone necklace that I personally wear most often. It is simple and the smooth stone looks a bit like a heart. I get a lot of compliments on it and love to tell people that I picked up the stone locally on the Black River.

A lot of people who make jewelry out of stone are really good at wire wrapping. I admit I tried wire wrapping, but never really got good at it. A few of my attempts are below, and I think they look quite nice, but the wire and the projects never quite felt right in my hands. So I searched for another medium, and discovered Silkon nylon thread. It's thin, pliable, and ridiculously strong. I prefer it in unassuming colors like brown and black so that the stone itself is the focal point, not the artistry surrounding it.

I also wanted to find a way to capture "the wet look" of the stones in the river. Oftentimes, their color would be stunning at the edge of the water while they were wet, but then I would find their color dull and disappointing when they dried. Clear fingernail polish to the rescue... Not only does it bring back the color of the stones. It also protects some of the more fragile stones, like sandstone and shale, that chip or scratch easily. Note the differences in the pictures below.

Black River Stones - Dry and Unaltered

Black River Stones - Dry and Unaltered
Black River Stones - Dry and Unaltered | Source

The Same River Stones - Wet

The Same River Stones - Wet
The Same River Stones - Wet | Source

The Same River Stones - Clear Nail Polish

The Same River Stones - Clear Nail Polish
The Same River Stones - Clear Nail Polish | Source

Simple Instructions - Creating a Stone Pendant Necklace

Here is a set of simple instructions for creating a necklace like these using Silkon nylon cord. The most important thing is not to tighten your knots until you have tested them on the stone and are satisfied they are placed correctly.

The following instructions are intended for a stone with a more or less triangular shape, meaning it is narrower at the bottom than it is nearer the top. Every stone is different and may take some redesigning of this pattern to hold your stone pendant.

The numbers in this photo correspond to the instructions above.

The numbers in this photo correspond to the instructions above.
The numbers in this photo correspond to the instructions above. | Source

  1. Begin by choosing a stone that is narrower on the end than it is in the middle. This will allow you to create a "nest" that will hold your stone pendant securely. If your stone needs a coat of fingernail polish, add it now.
  2. Take two lengths of nylon cord about 30 inches long. The length will allow you to tie as many knots as you need and still have plenty left for the length of necklace you want. Tie the two strands together in a simple overhand knot near their center. Hold the knot against the stone, wrapping one nylon strand around the back of the stone and the other strand around the front. Mark where they meet on the other side of the stone with your thumb and forefinger. Tie another overhand knot where you marked the strings. NOTE: Do not tighten either knot until you have tested their location again on the stone. When you are satisfied, pull them as tight as you can.
  3. Now you should have two strands on each side of the stone. One on each side should come toward the front of the stone and one on each side should go toward the back of the stone. Decide how far up you want the two front strands to be knotted, mark the spot with your thumb and forefinger, and tie and overhand knot at that spot. Test it before tightening the knot. Do the same for the other two strands that you pull toward the back.
  4. Finally, tie all four strands in an overhand knot at the top of the stone, getting it as close to the stone as you possibly can. Do not tighten the knot until you are sure it is close to the stone and will hold it securely.
  5. Feel free to add more decorative beads to the cord at this time if you wish. I like simple cord (again, so the stone pendant remains the focal point), but you may like a little something extra on yours.
  6. When your stone is securely knotted into its "nest" and you have added any other beads you wish, trim the cord to the length you want. A standard necklace length is 18 inches, so if you leave 8.5 inches on each side (the cord ends and clasp will add about an inch) you should be fine. Add your cord ends, jump rings and clasp of choice. You are ready to wear your new stone pendant necklace!

Essential Jewelry Making Toolkit

Beadsmith Deluxe Tool Kit 44172
Beadsmith Deluxe Tool Kit 44172

This is a great, affordable starter tool kit. It comes with 9 tools. My first kit only came with 5 and I sorely missed the ones I didn't have. I had to add them later. These fit nicely in the hand. They store and travel well in the zipper case. And Beadsmith makes a good durable product you'll be able to use for many years to come.

 

Wire Wrapping Tutorial

This wire wrapping video shows a simple technique with wire that is similar in many ways to what I do with nylon cord. Where the video twists, I tie a knot.

Black River Stone Necklace Samples

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This stone is actually a Lake Superior Agate, but I have created a nylon cord nest for it using the same technique.
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This stone is actually a Lake Superior Agate, but I have created a nylon cord nest for it using the same technique.
This stone is actually a Lake Superior Agate, but I have created a nylon cord nest for it using the same technique. | Source
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Natural stone found on the south shore of Lake Superior
Natural stone found on the south shore of Lake Superior | Source

Enjoy Your Rockhounding Experience

No matter what you do with the stones you find

Make jewelry or do something else that fits your personality or home. No matter what you choose to do I hope you will get outdoors and search out some of the river's or lake's beauty. At the very least, you get to take a fun walk where you can take pleasure in nature's tiny details. And you may just find something special along the way... a memento of a place or a time when you could relax and discover nature's gifts.

This is a picture of a stone a friend of mine found on the south shore of Lake Superior. The heart was naturally a part of it.

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      Mona 4 years ago from Iowa

      When I lived in the Black Hills of SD I enjoyed hunting the water's edge and hiking trails for unusual small rocks. Even now many many years later I have a few that bear special memories.

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      McBub-Squidoo 4 years ago

      If you are lucky, you may find a gemstone.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love picking up interesting rocks when I'm out for my neighborhood walks. I also love finding pretty rocks near the water. Thanks for sharing your lovely wrapping technique with the cording! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Rockhounding sounds like great fun

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      sandi_x 4 years ago

      interesting rocks, interesting lens

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for the information. I wish I knew even more about rocks.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Very well designed. Your instructions were very readable, I think I would have been able to make a necklace if I had been so inclined. The natural river rocks are very lovely. Angel Blessed for all above, plus the original, personal content you weave in your story.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      And pinned to my nature and loving the earth board. :)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I really like the beauty found in the stones that you showed. And coating them with nail polish is brilliant. Wish you the best.

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      Musicalcroc LM 4 years ago

      You've very nice stones in your collection. And thanks for the guide.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      What a fun lens. I enjoyed it!

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      kimbesa 4 years ago from USA

      There are some stones around here that I could practice on...thanks!

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      biminibahamas 4 years ago

      Maybe ... I used to rockhound when I was a kid ... perhaps it is time to re-visit this old hobby! Nice lens ...

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea. Rock hounding sounds like my kind of fun.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I really enjoyed visiting this lens. I've collected a few choice rocks and stones, which are mostly displayed in fish tanks, small planters or positioned around the fish pond.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      You had me at "rock". I still remember a Native American piece of wisdom from James Michener's Centennial: "Only the rocks live forever." SquidAngel blessings.

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      So nicely done. I've a leather pouch that has my special stones in it. Sometimes I try to remember where I found each one... but I really don't have a clue anymore. Also looking forward to tying one or two into a necklace, thanks for the tutorial.

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      Bodyweight-Workouts 4 years ago

      Nifty, I've never done this before, but I've seen them in stores for $10-20.

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Collecting rocks and gemstones used to be my passion. Many years ago I had a workshop full of tumblers, diamond saws and various lapidary equipment where I used to spend many happy hours cutting stones. Sadly when I got married I no longer had time for my hobby :-(. Your lens has fired my interest again. Many thanks for a great lens.

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      HtCares 4 years ago

      I've long been interested in using some of the rocks we've collected to make jewelry. Now, you've inspired me, and I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for providing such easy to follow instructions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sounds like fun. Nice jewellery.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      When I was a little kid I'd run out into traffic if a rock in the street caught my eye. A few years later, I wore through countless belts with my old rock tumber. I hadn't thought of that thing in years, but I'm pretty sure it's in my garage, and your beautiful lens has inspired me to start watching for stones again :)

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Many many and that rope one just went on my pin it wall.

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      GenesisLabs 4 years ago

      Sounds and looks very cool. Glad I came across your lens.

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      shelley-hume1 4 years ago

      Best lens! I look for rocks everywhere! I have tons around my home that I have drug in or coaxed a more muscular individual to drag for me. Mostly "friendship" rocks are what I am drawn to. Southwest Missouri is filled with them. You have inspired me to try a lens on some things I've done with them. Stay tuned! (I am a bit slow, and cannot begin to compete with this lovely page!)

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      rallo-smith 4 years ago

      I don't get to do it very often but love rockhounding myself. Great lens!

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      I like picking up the rock or stones at the shore. You can find some really unusual ones there.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice information

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      FalconFan LM 4 years ago

      Fascinating! Never would have thought about something like this.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Thanks very much for this. We live by the sea and I love to see the wet stones but they never look as good when dry. That's a handy tip about using clear nail polish. I did think of buying a tumbler one time but realised there are only so many hours in the day. Maybe when I get to my next retirement! On the other hand, sitting on a stone beach is a great way of relaxing!

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      Thanks for the instructions on making the stone pendant!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have wrapped stone pendants that I've made and love....the one you wear most of the time has a specialness to it. I've not used clear nail polish but I do use floor wax on stones to give them a nice luster. Interesting that the pine tannins are what turn the Black River so dark...we live in such an interesting world. Wonderfully presented and congratulations on front page honors and that lovely purple star!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      Love the idea of wrapping up a stone you've picked up on the beach. I've got several that I've picked up along California rivers. Nail polish is a great tip. Do you know if there are environmentally friendly options?

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I loved the history lesson you gave on the region of the Mighty Black! Very informative and interesting lens. I LOVE to look for rocks in parks, riverbeds, just about anywhere.

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      LadyCharlie 4 years ago

      Beautiful craft to enjoy with the Earths amazing gifts. Thanks for sharing all of this great information. Blessed!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @HealthfulMD: I wish I could say that I do, but this is the best of all of the things I have tried so far. Most of the different clear coat options I've tried have been not quite durable enough or have actually given me a slight rash where it rubbed against my skin. But you're right... I'm still not entirely happy with the finger nail polish. I don't use it if the stone doesn't need it, like the necklace I wear most often (pictured above) is completely natural and river-smooth. Thanks for reading!

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I love looking at the individual stones along our beach. Some of them are real beauties. Unfortunately we aren't supposed to collect them though because it's a protected area.

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      CatJGB 4 years ago

      I love beautiful stones and as a child, I drove my parents crazy by collecting them everywhere I went. As an adult, I am somewhat more selective. They do make beautiful jewelry.

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      AngryBaker 4 years ago

      I tumble beach stones... and sometimes wire wrap or set them in silver. I like your clear nail polish trick.

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Oh I so want to do this after reading your lens!

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      erin-elise 4 years ago

      Nice lens and congrats on LotD. That's funny you mentioned the clear nail polish because I use it too. Well, I started out with it, but because I process a lot of rocks, I switched to clear paint, which can be found at most hardware stores for around $8.00. I want to learn how to wire wrap because I have a couple hundred tumbled/polished rocks and no one (but my family) to enjoy them.

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      erin-elise 4 years ago

      Hi again, I wanted to leave one more comment -- I too love rocks, I love collecting them, they are everywhere around my house inside and outside. Sometimes I can barely even carry what I've collected. (I'm sure you know what I mean.) Rocks are absolutely beautiful and fascinating. Especially the transformation they make from finding them to the end result. I like to run them through my rock tumbler for a couple of days and then do the rest by hand. Recently I was able to spend a few days by the ocean in my home state of California and I found some of the most amazing agates. I am sure that we would get a long great .our love for rocks Have a great 4th of July and again, congrats on LOTD. Blessed.

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      KevCooper 4 years ago

      My daughter makes wire wrapped jewellery with stones.

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      leonasharon 4 years ago

      I love this art,I would definitely try to make myself one of this necklace.Great images and wonderful lens.

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      Caromite 4 years ago

      I've always collected stones. When I was a child, I painted them and made stone-figures. Now I collect them to decorate my fish tanks.Your lens makes me want to collect some for jewellery.

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      squidoogiftsfor 4 years ago

      I've never heard of Rockhounding ....but I must be a Rockhounder as every time I visit somewhere like Tahoe, I brink back a small pretty rock for our fishtank.

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      anupma lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Next time whenever I will be on any lake, I will certainly collect some stones and make jewelry.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Hay look my son has that first book. To answer the question we have a couple of pendants that were made with the rocks with holes and fossels in them.

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      lucia1990 4 years ago

      Really lovely.... i like rocks and next time i will collect them...

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this fun lens was selected as Lens of the Day today. You can read all about it here: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/rockhounding-close-to-h...

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      I am enjoyed to read your awesome lens, you made lens different from other lens masters. I appreciate you for making such a great lens.

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      Killeen 4 years ago from Warner, NH

      This is wonderful! I love the idea about the clear nailpolish, too. I was a total rockhound as a kid, and now my daughter seems to be taking the same interest. We're going to have to make some necklaces. Thanks for sharing!

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      SailingPassion LM 4 years ago

      I used to polish stones as a child - must try it again as I still have my tumbler from all those years ago somewhere...

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      Ladybird 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Very interesting lens and it amazing what beautiful stone you can find. You just have to look out for them.

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      Deserthorse 4 years ago

      Beautiful Jewelry.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      My mother engaged in the art of making rock jewellery for a while to raise funding for her church. Some of the stones are beautiful, especially the agates and quartzes.

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      GabStar 4 years ago

      They're lovely, I want a necklace like that!

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      Mark Shearman 4 years ago from Alicante Spain

      This Lens Rocks!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I could do this! I love to pick up pretty stones but have never really done anything with them. Thanks for the great examples and the fabulous tutorial! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      KandDMarketing 4 years ago

      Great lens, very nice jewelry! Thank you.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Very interesting, I use to collect good looking rocks in my mountains trips. I like the jewelry in your lens. Congrats for LOTD and purple star

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      JCS2003 4 years ago

      Wow my son would love this. We can't go anywhere outdoors without him coming home with a pocketful of rocks. Most of them are not high quality but he always finds at least one gem ! (no pun intended)

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      I think so. You spotlighted some really beautiful stones.

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      PaulWinter 4 years ago

      That's what I like about Squidoo - I keep coming across things I've never heard of and rockhounding is one of them. Interesting lens. Congratulations on getting LOTD

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      LilibeanNP 4 years ago

      I love rocks! When I was in grade school, I took a geology program at an area science center and I've been hooked ever since. I've collected many, many rocks over the years through rocks shows and other collectors but I haven't done much rockhounding. Yours lens is inspiring me to go out and do it! =)

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      MEDerby 4 years ago

      Great lens. I live in the Yukon where there are many beautiful rocks. I've never thought about making them into jewelry, but I'm going to follow your steps and give it a try.Thanks

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      Rachel Field 4 years ago

      Lovely lens and gorgeous pendants! I heard you could use an old washing machine as a rock tumbler.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      How very cool! What a great lens - blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for an informative and inspiring lens. Strangely, I already own and wear a pendant very similar to your designs. It's a polished moonstone settled in a thin string bag I made myself. But I can see that my growing pebble collection could become jewellery.

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      ArthurF LM 4 years ago

      When I was younger I used to go out and find rocks to collect. My mom got me a rock tumbler and I used to keep my favorite in a pouch. I wish i still had time for a hobby like that.

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      RavenStoneArt 4 years ago

      I have been wire wrapping stones for about 2 years now, been collecting stones since I could walk. Ever consider hand polishing your stones? You can get finer grades of sandpaper at auto parts stores. Start out with 200 grit, finish off with some 2000+ grit. Takes a while but well worth it.

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      Rock Artist 4 years ago

      You make very pretty jewelry, have you tried selling it on Etsy? I paint on rocks and I sure do wish there was a place near me to find beautiful rocks like the ones in your lens picture above, but as of yet have not found one. Thanks for a nice lens!

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      peggygallyot 4 years ago

      Nice work on the jewelry

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      The more I read about rock hounding, the more I love this hobby. Congrats on LOTD, Blessed by Squid Angle flinnie, and added to my lens, Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Congrats on your LOTD! I'm a rockhounder too and my favorite place is streams and rivers. You are lucky to be in such a wonderful place!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      I've learned a lot from this lens

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I really enjoyed your lens. I'm a rockhound, too. You're right, there are beautiful stones in every state.

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      BeadCatz 4 years ago

      My husband and I are know for rockhounding, so much so, that our friends are always bringing rocks back from their vacations. We have rocks from all over the world along with everything we find ourselves. Great lens!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @Rock Artist: I have done some business on Etsy and would like to get back to it sometime soon. Thanks!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @RavenStoneArt: Thanks for the suggestion. I will have to look into it.

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      Cathy Slaght 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      Inspiring!

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      Barbie Crafts 4 years ago from United States

      I have always loved the polished rocks I bought at a craft festival. I find your approaches very interesting, and the lens is very well done.

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      Rusty Quill 4 years ago

      That's a neat trick with the clear nail polish! River rocks look so much better when wet. :)

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I have loved rocks, polished or natural since I was a little girl. Congratulations on winning the LOTD.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes... I love your hand-wrapped stone technique (and the finished jewelry piece). The natural beauty really appeals to me. Simply lovely. I have made jewelry out of shells that I have found on the beach. One shell in particular, very worn by wind and wave, is actually my favorite piece of jewelry. People have been killed here in Colorado over precious rocks. I've heard that many rockhounds carry guns when they are seeking out the truly valuable gemstones. Egads! I'll stick with the stones that just have value to me. Congrats on LotD!

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      faye durham 4 years ago

      Excellent lens - congrats of winning LOTD. I enjoy looking for unique rocks in river beds. I've even found a few while digging in my backyard. I hadn't thought of making them into jewelry.

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent post. I like to pick up rocks and I sometimes buy the smooth, polished rocks from stores. But, I never knew how to wrap them up as a necklace myself. I've got about half a dozen sitting on my desk, now I can string them up instead. Somehow I didn't think to look online for a tutorial about it before.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      I love collecting rocks but never knew what to do with them. Thanks for sharing. Congratulation on your LotD and Purple Star Award.. I learned something new and interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have purchased a couple, but I do not collect them myself. Your's are very nice.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Did a lot of rock hunting as a kid and my Mom would make jewelry from it.

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      agoofyidea 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love to wear the stones that I collect. I'd rather wear a simple river rock than a diamond.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @agoofyidea: I agree completely!!! They're great conversation pieces too.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I have always enjoyed picking up pretty rocks from places I've been. Some of the larger flat ones I paint sayings and scriptures on them. The best ones have a place on my bookshelves. Sometimes I take a small piece of wood and paint it and sit on them like a pedestal. I have a lot of really nice ones in the mountains of East Tennessee.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Looks like fun, for sure! ;-)

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      KittySmith 4 years ago

      I love your lens, congratulations on LotD! Great tip for getting the wet look. I collect shells and run into the same problem.

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      DonnaDenver 4 years ago

      Wow these look sooo great. I have never been to the black river, but it looks like a wonderful place :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved your lens, really want to try to make one of those necklaces!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Super LotD! Love looking and collecting our beach rocks and I've even found some arrowheads while my fisherman hubbie catches dinner! :>) ~~~~Blessed~~~~

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      Perhaps so! Congratulations on Lens of the Day! I enjoyed my visit.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      My wife has many polished stones as pendants. Just yesterday she sent one of her favourite stones off to the USA to be mounted as a necklace. I think I will have to share this page with her. Congrats on LOTD! :-)

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      AngelaMagnottiAndrews 4 years ago

      I have always loved picking up beautiful rocks on the beach. In fact, I just brought home two from the Puget Sound. One of them is a beautiful green stone that would look beautiful as a necklace. My favorite tip is the clear nail polish. I have always wondered how to capture that wet look, as they always look better wet!

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      I have been collecting stones for a while for a floor project I'm working on, but I think making a pendant is a great idea for some of my pretty stones. Thanks for the directions!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful jewelry! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I have a real passion for the look of red rocks, and I also like jade a lot too. Fun to collect rocks, lovely lens.

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      Sher Ritchie 4 years ago

      I'm not sure, but that's to your clear instructions, I think I could make one. And thanks for the tip about clear nailpolish to add shine. Your lens is great; congratulations on being LOTD you deserve it! (And happy Fourth of July - if you celebrate it).

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      nice collection you got there. Congrats on being selected the Lens of the Day

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      Possibly...I too have tried wire wrapping, just informally. But the nail polish idea, that helps a lot because I too liked how the rock look when I pick them up but then they'd dry... Thanks for the tip. Congratulations on the LOTD, and the purple star.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to congratulated you on LotD honors on this gem!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      We love collecting rocks and have been known to polish a few. Great page!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Terrific lens. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      interesting lens. I am a fossil hunter myself ut my son loves to collect rocks and gems.

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      I like collecting rocks!

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      ricardolamb 4 years ago

      very beautiful lens -- your passion shines through every word and image. Glad I found this!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens - I love stones and gems (so does my 5-yr old daughter), and I love your rock pendant instructions. Thanks! I recently wrote a lens about the Montana Yogo Sapphire, which is very unique, and has a couple links about "rockhounding" so to speak...

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      SydneyH LM 4 years ago

      Since I was a kid, I've always picked up rocks. This gives me some ideas for using some of them. Nice lens!

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      JennySui 4 years ago

      Congrats on LotD!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      This is so cool. Thanks for the necklace tying technique. I'm always looking for something new to do with my rocks/stones. d

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day and Purple Star success. Such well deserved recognition.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens! When I'm hiking I look at the trees, birds, animals, and landscape but I haven't been looking at the ground much. I see I've been missing a lot of beauty underfoot.

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      I love the look of wire-wrapped stones. And, like you, I pick up rocks whenever I'm in a location with interesting-looking ones.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this page :) I live right by the beach and collect stones to put in my water feature where they look fabulous wet. I didn't think of varnishing them?

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      redtailvision 4 years ago

      Great lens on the many wonders of nature! Every rock, every stone has a story to tell. My wife and I love collecting them. Your jewelry is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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      billymar 3 years ago

      Nice lens! I always collected river stones for no reason. Now I have one..

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      I love collecting rocks but have not made anything with them yet. Although this has given me some ideas.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a wonderful tutorial for making river rock pendants! The serendipitous joy of discovering a beautiful rock that just speaks to you in a personal way is wonderful, but how much lovelier to be able to showcase and wear that one-of-a-kind treasure. Congratulations on the well deserved purple star and Lens of the Day from Squidoo's Bangles, Baubles and Beads Contributor. :)

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      erleneamat 2 years ago

      I love your tutorial and putting clear polish on the river rocks really helps to bring out the colors. Thanks again for linking up to Merry Monday.

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      Diana Abrahamson 2 years ago from t Francis Bay

      love eco friendly jewelry..great hub! We also have some beautiful stones on our beach near to where we live.

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      hotmaillogin 3 months ago

      Rockhounding close to home - - interesting subject. I enjoy the subject you are talking about. This is really interesting information for me. Thanks for sharing!

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