2018/10/30

Alchemy Stone Designs: Amplification Stones

The idea of "Amplification Stones" came to me during this fall. In a way, it was an extension of previous meditations during which I had focused on a very specific issue (or illness) for one of our clients.

A very large and intricate Amplification Stone
What if we could just amplify any intent? What if we could take it beyond just saying "F*ck cancer!" or "F*uck arthritis?"

In the process of exploring this idea, I came up with what is by far the most "intense" design style I have attempted, to date.

As the name suggests, the intention behind these stones is to amplify energy: focus, during meditation; intent, during goal setting; clarity, during prayer; memory, during studies and so forth. In the process of "field testing" these with friends, we discovered that looking intently at the pattern for several minutes also seemed to trigger memories of past lives in some people. No promises there, though!

Amplification stones are particularly powerful when used in conjunction with other Alchemy Stones, particularly Protection sets, Chakra sets and Altar Sets, but they can certainly also be used by themselves.

A selection of Amplification Stones, October 2018
They can typically be recognized by their "code;" an intricate compass-node color dot pattern at the center of the design — quite different from the design style of any other Alchemy Stone.

I am very excited about these stones! Several Energy Healers and Light Workers we "tested" them with gave extremely positive feedback... and the Amplification Stones really represent the next big "jump" in the history of Alchemy Stones.

These designs will make their public debut when we attend the Healing Hearts Psychic Fair on November 10th, at the Masonic Hall in Bremerton, Washington.

Hope to see you there!

To buy online, Amplification Stones also have their own special page in our eBay shop, for those who can't visit to see them in person!

2018/02/21

Alchemy Stone Designs: Protection Stones

Alchemy Stone "Protection Sets" were originally created as an indirect outgrowth of part of Sarah's practice of doing psychic house cleansings for her clients, and for local real estate agents wanting to make sure that their property listings were "clean" of negative spiritual energy.

The First Protection set from 2014, before receiving its finish coat
The first set was created in 2014 to create a protected space around weekly Paranormal workshops Sarah was hosting at the time; it has been protecting our "Sacred Space" room in our house since 2015.

We all want to feel safe and protected — whether from the physical elements, or from forms of energetic or spiritual intrusion.

Protection Sets are matched sets of FOUR stones (one representing each compass direction) designed to protect your space and enhance your own intention setting for keeping your surroundings energetically clean and positive.

Creating a set begins with simply finding four energetically matching stones on one of our local beaches — which can take quite some time! I never start painting till I have a matched set of plain stones.

The stones are then cleansed and the painting begins. The four stones will have similar design elements indicating that they are clearly "a set," but they are not identical across each color — some variation will always occur.

Protection sets can be used to simply grid a room or a work space, or they can be used to protect your entire house or property. We have even sold a set that was used to protect an entire multiple-practitioner massage and yoga studio.

A smaller Protection Set from 2018
Having a compass (or GPS device) handy when you "set" the stones is important.

The North is represented by the blue stone; East is represented by the yellow stone; South is represented by the green stone and West is represented by the red stone.

Seems people need a lot of protection! You can usually find them in the eBay shop (← link), but they are often sold out, alas.

Please note: The sets shown in this post are examples only, and have long since found their homes! Items in the shop are going to be different. In the future, I hope to develop a fixed schedule for when new sets become available; hopefully every 4 months or so.

2016/12/23

Alchemy Stone Designs: Contrast Stones

I originally got the idea for what I now call "Contrast Stones" from the truism that light can't exist without darkness to give it a frame of reference, and from the psychological and spiritual precept that even the the most "shiny" people we meet have their "shadow" sides.

Medium sized stone with contrasting inset
How does this translate into an Alchemy Stone design?

Contrast Stones can be recognized because they mostly look like other designs, except for the fact that there's a small contrasting "surprise" somewhere in the design... done in colors that stand in sharp contrast to the rest of what's going on.

In part, these designs are also inspired by the Japanese aesthetic concept of Wabi-Sabi, which can be loosely described as "beauty in imperfection."

A little bit of the inspiration also comes from a period in my 20's when I got quite interested in the beautiful and colorful geometric patterns of Amish quilts. One of the attributes of these was that these otherwise amazing designs often had a "deliberate mistake" sewn into the pattern as a reminder that seeking perfection is prideful, and scorned upon.

2016/11/16

Alchemy Stone Designs: Faerie Stones

Our "Faerie Stones" are the tiniest of all Alchemy Stones, some measuring less than 1/2" across. Being so tiny, they are also the most difficult to create, as there is almost nothing to hold on to.

They originally came about because Sarah wanted to have her marvelous polymer clay Faerie sculptures include a few Faeries holding a small Alchemy Stone... but these stones had to be "in proportion" to a figure standing maybe 5-6" tall.

Faerie Stones shown with a dime for scale reference
The first "Faerie Stone" was purely an experiment (and was not very attractive!), but eventually I made a few nicer quality stones. In time, we took some of them to an arts and crafts fair and they were among the most popular things we had-- especially with miniature collectors. A surprising number have ended up being part of "scale" dollhouse furnishings. A few have also been incorporated into jewelry.

The photo at left shows a selection of Faerie Stones with a a US dime for size comparison.

The supply of Faerie Stones is generally quite limited because we find very few tiny stones smooth enough to accept a miniature design. You might wonder why that is... well, with a rougher ("sandpapery") surface it's impossible to make a sharp and crisp line, so the stone surface must be exceptionally smooth in order for such a tiny design to not look "muddy."

We offer Faerie Stones for just $4 each, which we feel is pretty reasonable for an entirely handmade piece of art. At this time, they are sold individually only through the Red Dragonfly Gallery in Port Townsend, WA... or (when available) in sets of SIX for $20, through our Etsy store.

2016/09/08

And now for something completely different: Symbol Stones!

For followers of these pages, you have probably come to see that "Alchemy Stones" are primarily works of exceptional accuracy and detail.

I have always been fascinated by nature and detailed patterns-- when I was a kid, the Spirograph was my favorite toy. When my father gave me my first "serious" camera-- for my 16th birthday-- my interest was not in taking pictures of parties or sweeping vistas... but in trying to photograph the tiny patterns found in the seed settings of a sunflower, or in old fossils in rocks.

But sometimes, all this detail and precision does get to be a little too much!

So what happens when a rock painter basically "flips out" and wants to do something more free form?

Symbol Stones!

Symbol stones are basically free-form pictographs (perhaps inspired a bit by cave drawings?) done in silver, surrounded by "shapes" in a specific color. Cave drawings? Remnants of an alien language stored somewhere in my DNA? Who knows...

I am not sure what-- if anything-- they "mean," but they are unusual and colorful... and because I can make them fairly quickly, they are also fairly inexpensive, at just $3.00 each or $25 for 10.

I haven't previously written about them because they have not been available through our web shops-- only "in person" when we went to fairs and festivals-- but now that we have the Red Dragonfly Gallery here in Port Townsend, they can be found as a permanent part of the Alchemy Stones selection there. In the future, I hope to add them to our web shops, as well!

2016/08/31

Alchemy Stones at the Red Dragonfly in Port Townsend!

I am happy to announce that Alchemy Stones are now available through The Red Dragonfly gallery here in Port Townsend!

For those who'd like to see the stones "in person," the gallery serves as a permanent showroom for Alchemy Stones and generally you'll be be able to see pretty much all the different styles I make, including petites, Faerie Stones, Chakra Stones and Chakra Stone sets and much much more. Whereas I always do my best to photograph the stones well for the online Alchemy Stone shops (eBay, Etsy and Amazon Handmade), there's no doubt that experiencing Alchemy Stones in person offers a dimension you just can't get online.

Having a place to "show off" the stones also means more new ideas will be turned into reality. A recent addition to the Alchemy Stones collection is the "Altar Sets," (example pictured at left) created for those who like to take a representative sacred space with them, whenever they travel. These sets of four stones represent not only the four directions-- North, East, South and West-- but also the four elements-- Air, Water, Fire and Earth. Each set comes with a gift bag and descriptive booklet-- Sarah is working on creating "Treasure Bags" for some sets, as well.

Sarah and I are continuing to develop plans for the Universal Piece Project for Peace, which will be the central part of Alchemy Stones' charity and goodwill outreach program during the years ahead. More details here as they become available.

If you'd like to visit us at The Red Dragonfly gallery, it is located here in Port Townsend, Washington, in the historic "Undertown" shops, in the center of downtown. Just look for the green pergola and head down the stairs!

2016/04/18

Fey Folk & Fairy Fairs!


The Spring Fairy Festival is an annual event hosted in WA State by Crescent Moon Gifts, and each year, it becomes bigger, brighter and more fun.


We're going to attend with our wonderful "Purple Pop Up" and we have the wings to go along with it too! Plan on attending, rain or shine, Saturday May 21! We'll be there all day with some new Chakra Sets, fabulous coloring books, stone fairies and altar stone sets! Many of these mystical wonders will be snuggled into Sarah's "treasure bags" made from recycled materials and goods found at thrift stores and garage sales.

If you're VERY FEY (like us) you're going to want to camp out for a few days with a bunch of glitter flinging bandits in Twisp, WA later this June at the Fairy & Human Relations Congress. Roll up your sleeping bags, bring a drum (or two) and look for the "Purple Pop Up" again!


2015/10/28

It's Showtime Again! See us November 7th at the Healing Hearts Psychic Fair

It's getting towards that time of the year again-- the Holidays.

Alchemy Stones is going "on the road" again, offering a chance for those who know us from the web to come visit us on person.

Our next event will be the Healing Hearts Psychic Fair, which takes place on Saturday, November 7th at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Bremerton, Washington. The fair hours are 10:00am till 8:00pm, and there is free parking, and no admission fee to get in.

This is the 9th year for the Healing Hearts Psychic Fair, which features a variety of classes, healing sessions, readings by psychics and intuitives, as well an area with magical arts and gift vendors, which is where you will find Alchemy Stones-- come by and visit us!

This is a charity event! A substantial portion of proceeds from the Fair goes towards supporting and helping local community members who are facing unexpected challenges and need assistance.

To help support the event, we have donated an Alchemy Stone and bag (pictured) to the event raffle.

If you live on the Kitsap Peninsula (or in the Puget Sound area, in general) we hope to see you there!

As it is early in the season, we will have an excellent selection of Alchemy Stones-- including our (almost perpetually sold out) Chakra Stone sets, individual Chakra Stones for healing and lots more... and, of course, the ever popular "petite" Alchemy Stones which make perfect stocking stuffers when you just don't know what to get someone!

2015/10/18

New Alchemy Stone Design Ideas

"What's new?"

It's a question that gets asked a lot-- it seems woven into the fabric of human existence that we are always looking for "new" things. I sometimes get asked the same thing about Alchemy Stones, and the designs I am working on.

Alchemy Stone designs-- being nothing at all like laundry detergent (which always seems "new and improved!")-- are generally fairly constant... as they have been, since I drew the first ones, many years ago.

That said, small changes do happen.

Lately, spirals have been at the forefront of my mind, and they are showing up in more and more designs.

The spiral is an ancient symbol, dating back-- as far as historians know-- to at least the Neolithic period, thus predating writing by a significant margin.

Spirals seem to have many symbolic meanings; meanings that seem to depend somewhat on who you ask. Some see the spiral as representing the cycles of life and rebirth. Many variations of spirals occur in the natural world, so sometimes the spiral is symbolic of "natural" (as opposed to "constructed") things-- spirals have no sharp angles or "corners," which tend to be human constructs. Although circles are more commonly used, spirals are sometimes used to symbolize "Spirit," or "things spiritual."

The other new-ish designs I have been working on are stones with two or more mandalas. I tend to think of these as "relationship stones," symbolizing the connections between people, things or ideas.

Sometimes the mandalas are very similar, sometimes they are quite different... in each case, they are connected by a line that represents the invisible "threads" that connect us to each other.

Finally, to answer another question I sometimes get... No, I don't "get bored" with doing the same designs, over and over.

Much like snowflakes, each Alchemy Stone is ultimately unique and no two are ever quite "the same." Because painting the stones represent a meditation for me, I am never in the same state of mind twice, and so I never end up creating the same stone twice... either visually or energetically.

2015/07/22

New Designs in the Alchemy Stones Shops!


Since we returned from vacation at the end of June, I have been hard at work to create new designs and restock our two Alchemy Stone shops.

The selection has never been larger or more colorful, so we'd like to invite everyone to visit our two online stores:


and 


As we have a couple of Arts and Crafts fairs in our near future, we will be continuing to add many new designs in the coming weeks!

Announcements of the where-and-when of the shows will be posted as soon as we receive confirmation-- check back often!