This is a piece of Thuya (also spelled thuja) Burl that has been cut and polished into a cabochon shape. I then wrapped it with Argentium sterling silver. The cool this is that unlike a gemstone, this has a lovely subtle wood smell to it, similar to cedar.
A burl is a tree growth where the grain has grown in a deformed manner, and is often a rounded outgrowth that can look like a big unnatural lump on a tree though often they form underground where they cannot be seen. It contains small knots from dormant buds that some tree species can then sprout at need. In many tree species burl(s) can be malignant and can cause the death of the tree. FAQ stuff, please read before asking:
- Yes! I do sell these! They are for sale on my personal site: [link]
-I hand wrap these pieces with nothing more than my fingers and some bitty pliers.
-I purchase the stones already cut and polished from rock and gem shows.
-My silver is purchased directly from a precious metals silver refinery.
-I use several different gauge and shaped wires in each piece.
-My methods are unplanned and haphazard and I do not plan on creating tutorials on how to make these. If you want to learn wire-wrapping there are already some good tutorials out there if you search on Google.</B>
Thanks for looking.