Actually by using a fine mix of Stone, I AM STEALING and playing with Steve Glassell's work; http://www.talkshopbot.com/forum/showthread.php?23845-Feedback-wanted%85
Well worth downloading the .pdf and looking at his experimental result too!
I'm glad I played with it, instead of jumping right into it with those 2 carvings.
Yeah...me talking people's ears off, and boring them to tears with long-winded stories is WAY worse!
Michael...in your mind's eye...what does the lower "Orb" depression represent?
I THINK I can layer the stone mix to look Earthlike(?), or Garnet melee pile to represent fire, OR cut a calibrated Opal cabochon to represent a "Treasure".
Just wondering...I always cut freeform Opal cabs that depend on the matrix...but do have some white Opal with decent fire that I could make myself cut the excess off.