Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chalk stone pebbles




Got these gorgeous chalk pebbles from my friend who found them on
the shores of a beach in south west England.
Can't find information about how these stones get their holes, anyone  a clue ?
I would like to use them in my jewelry collection, as they have a beautiful texture, color and are  lightweight, but I have to find a way to secure them so they will not give stains on clothes or skin.
Anyone a tip ?

16 comments:

OnePerfectDay said...

They're gorgeous!
I've been collecting stones with holes in them all summer......
They're so fascinating!
And I've been wondering the same thing: How do they get these holes?

I can't wait to see what you do with them....

vicarno's mama said...

Je vindt deze stenen ook in sommige streken in Itlië. Mij is uitgelegd dat de gaten 'corrosie' zijn, door tijd erin gesleten zeg maar... (zoals fossielen...) Missch. eens kijken in een winkel waar ze benodigdheden voor mozaïekkunst verkopen? Daar hebben ze afwerkingsmiddelen (soorten verf denk ik) om mozaiëk glanzend of mat af te werken)
Ik denk dat met deze stenen je ook het probleem hebt dat ze nogal ruw zijn, dus je kledij beschadigen. (ik heb er jaren geleden ook eentje gehad en gekregen van een vriend als ketting en die maakte 'haakjes' in mijn kleding.
Het zou wel prachtig zijn als je wat vindt om ze te behandelen, want ze zijn echt mooi!!!

vilterietje said...

ik vermoed dat er slakjes in de gaatjes zaten. prachtige steentjes:)

Lucie said...

I'm jealous! I'm a beachcomber and I've never found these beauties!!! South of england you say, chalk of course ;D Chalk is a soft kind of stone but how did they get these perfect holes is still a mystery for me too ;D

Michela said...

I love looking at what other people are able to find on foreign shores! Only boring common shells on the Venitian coast :-(
xxx

Femke said...

Volgens deze link zijn het beestjes: http://natureinfocus.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/pebbles-with-holes-made-by-sea-creatures/

Ze zijn prachtig!

Annuk said...

These pebbles are wonderful! And the natural holes... amazing!!!
Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)
I don't know if there's a good way to seal them so as to protect clothes or skin... I've always wondered the same with beach pottery I find here, but I think any varnish would somehow ruin the natural beauty of the stones, so I leave mine untreated.

Zdolność-tworzenia said...

Znowu będzie się działo. Są cudowne.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Perhaps spray them with a matt fixative--the kind artists use on their charcoal drawings...hairspray would do, too, but wears off and turns yellowish...

Perhaps they are stones formed from erosian in white chalk cliffs, where parts of the cliff crumbled into the water and the pieces were rolled in the waves, rounding them off. Perhaps there were mussels which bored into the cliff with their feet before the cliff broke away...

" me " said...

zin dat natuurlijke gaatjes ? waw ! da's handig ! ze zijn schoon !

Yael said...

I was wondering about those beautiful stones too - and even I knew you checked the Internet for more information, I did too - BUT - like you found nothing!!! Bahhhh!

I also would leave them untreated!

Juanita Tortilla said...

This is interesting. I am guessing that is gives a powdery stain to everything it touches. Not sure how to prevent that, but I feel like only a chemical can do so (like varnish, Anuuk mentioned). But a varnish will make it lose its matte and natural look.
To leave it untreated, then, I guess the wearer should be told about what to expect from these beads. Some people will not mind.

Cari-Jane Hakes said...

These are all over my beach here in France (west coast)! I find the holes sometimes have little shells in, the same size as the hole. I wonder if they kind of burrow in their to hold tight during the storms!

wishful thinking said...

There is a river here in Tennessee where we go camping and canoeing that have rocks like this! I found your blog through Pinterest! Don't you just love it?!?!

wishful thinking said...

We have these at a river here in Tennessee where we go camping and canoeing. Found your blog through Pinterest! Don't you just love it?!?!

edeenl said...

These stones are called lucky stones. There is a book on amazon about them and especially how Sussex is famous for them. Something about the way the water laps over the rock over time causes the hole. You can make wishes on them!