I found this cold green stone in my bag today. I don’t know how many months it had been in there. Wrapped in green tissue paper, carefully sealed up with tape. I could feel its shape through the layers of paper but not how it felt. It could have been anything I suppose.

I’m a collector of stones, fossils, crystals, ‘dust gatheters’ I don’t know why I started or when it became a collection. Just nice, shiny, pieces of rock or stone, some polished like this, others hard and rough, fools gold, carborundum, but mainly quartz. I even made my own crystal using a supersaturated solilution and string. I don’t remember the chemical I used….


Band of sketchers prompt today hard. Carborundum is a man made creation, it’s exotic, iridescent, rainbow covered spikes are like something from a gothic fairy tale. Carborundum is thought to be a master healer that shines light in all areas of your life and connects to all chakras, purifies mind, body and spirit.’, a crystallography site…(Carborundum, second hardest thing to diamond on the Mo scale)

Lead glass


Lead glass has lead added to it to make it more malleable when it’s being formed into things like lead crystal glasses (although apparently it’s not actually got a crystalline structure). Modern lead glass about 24% lead ( Pb) in it.

It’s renound for its clarity and is shown off when it is engraved with fine lines and geometric patterns.

For more information see Wikipedia.