Since Minnesota is mostly noted for Lake Superior Agates Jasper & many varieties of Quartz, that is what I had amassed over the years. To get some variety in my work, I started to purchase other varieties of Agates, Jasper, & Quartz from a company in South Dakota called "The Rock Shed" http://www.therockshed.com/. They have a large variety of tumbling stones, grit and all of the essentials that I use. I've found their quality of product and prices the best. From them I've purchased all of my tumblers and stones and made mosaics out of Mexican Lace Agates, Blue/Gray agates from Brazil, Citrine Crystals from Brazil, Ocean Jasper from Africa, Queensland agates from Australia, Desert Jasper from Madagascar, Green Moss Agates from India, Amethyst from a variety of countries, Montana Moss agates and several other gemstones from the U.S. Most of my mosaics are set on 8" x 10" glass picture frames, but I have some larger ones, mostly 10" X 12" and 11" X 14". Each mosaic also has a border set with mosaic tiles of either glass, porcelain, or ceramic. The prices of my mosaics range from $50 to $150 depending on the type of stones that I use and the size of the mosaic. It's a hobby so they're priced just about to break even. I have done a few custom made mosaics from designs requested by individuals. I will continue to do that if I have the right materials. It may take 6 - 8 weeks to complete them, if I need to polish the stones that are selected. There's a 5 - 6 week process to take a rough stone through the polish stage.
When I started out I purchased all of the flat Brazilian slabs in a variety of colors. I have recently started to buy large Brazilian agates (2#-5#). I can now cut and polish many of my own slabs. They are usually a natural brown or reddish color which is my favorite. I still purchase the purple, green, pink, and blue slabs because they are dyed and I haven't acquired that talent. I run 4 agate tumblers 24/7 with a total capacity of over 50 pounds of stone. I have a 14" diamond slab saw, a 10" diamond trim saw and a diamond band saw. I have face polishing equipment, because I also sell individual polished stones. I use a Dremel high speed diamond drill for drilling holes. I also am well stocked with various picture frames and mosaic tiles.
Most of my mosaics are transparent. They look beautiful in a window, on a table or counter top with a light above it, or with a small lamp behind it. Below are a few examples:
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