Erin Dana Blazrette: Where is this material from, and what drew you to it?
Odie House: This is one of the many amazing agates that comes from Mexico. The vivid colors and banding have always caught my eye. It’s always fun to cab a premium material, and the results are amazing!
EDB: How long have you been a rockhound and lapidary artist, and what attracted you to cabbing?
OH: I’ve been a rock hound most of my life, collecting rocks and minerals with my father.
He was a great teacher. I have many fond memories of our trips together in Arizona.
EDB: What process do you use when creating cabs? Is there any special technique used when creating the featured cab?
OH: The process of cabbing for me starts with searching for that special rough material, that I always hope will prod duce quality cabochons.
EDB: What is a new cabbing approach that is bringing you great excitement?
OH: One of the ma any new opportunities presented daily is creating composite cabs. The material combinations are endless. They are a nice addition to the wonderful selection of natural materials available.
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POPULAR PSEUDOMORPHS - More Common Varieties Enhance Any Collection
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DIAMONDS - A Luxury Gem Steeped in Fact & Fable
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Black Ilmenite and “Titanium White”
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