I’ve been making viking knit bracelets for Titan Chains for a year, yet never made anything for myself. That is, until I found beads made from material that was a big part of my childhood. My brother and I used to find chunks of hard, green rocks in the sand mine where we played as children. Some of it was smooth and shiny, and some was porous. We liked to think it was lava, especially the porous kind. We were told it was “just slag”. I had boxes full of it and liked looking at it and wondering what I could do with it.
Now, I live a couple of hours north of my childhood home, but still very close to Lake Michigan. I find pieces of this same type of stone washed up on the shore, and I still pick them up;) They aren’t rocks/stones at all, but a glass byproduct of iron smelting from days gone by. Because a lot of it washes up on the shores of Leland, Mi, it is referred to as Leland Blue Stone. Oh yeah, some of it is blue or varying shades of gray.
Somebody spoke to my heart and made beads from it. Now my childhood dream of finding a purpose for this glass is realized. I was tickled that the skill I’d mastered to earn a living would give me a venue to display these childhood mementos.
One side of the green oval bead has some spots but it is easy to spin it on the wire to show the other side.