Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hedgehogs in Clay and Crystal

I found a piece of cactus quartz that reminded me of a hedgehog. So I made a little mate to go with it.

If you're not familiar with cactus quartz, it occurs when smaller crystals grow around a larger crystal. In this case, the tip of the larger crystal was still visible (the hedgehog's head), but the sides were completely covered with smaller crystals.

I saw cactus quartz for the first time a couple of weeks ago, when my mom found a beautiful piece of clear quartz partially covered by smaller citrine crystals, resembling what she described as "a castle on a craggy mountian top."


Joholdenhan said...

Aw that clay hedgehog is so cute! :)

Anj said...

Thank you! I intend to give it (and the crystal) to my dad for his birthday next week. He never wants me to spend any money on him, so I always make him things.

Helen Ginger said...

I love that crystal. That's pretty enough to put on a shelf - or use as a bookend. And the hedgehog is very cute. I have no artistic ability - clearly, you do.

Straight From Hel

Anj said...

Unfortunately, the crystal is only about an inch long--too small for a bookend. I have seen larger pieces of cactus quartz, though. Also, that formation often occurs with amethyst and citrine, if you'd like a little color with your crystal.