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Jalal ClemensBy Jalal Clemens
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Jalal ClemensBy Jalal Clemens
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About

I enjoy making custom pieces that are not only beautiful and functional but also that hold a personal meaning. That personal meaning gives you a reminder of a special place, event or time in your life when you found the stone. It can range from a wine stopper carved and polished from a rock you picked up on your honeymoon trip to Fiji to a clear agate "treasure" you found in the dirt behind your Grandparents house where you made so many great memories.  

Do you have a rock from that special trip with that special someone?
Do you have a rock from that special trip with that special someone?

 

How about that warm relaxing beach?
How about that warm relaxing beach?

 

I design, shape, and finish each piece from rough stones using lapidary and metalworking techniques. All designs come from my imagination and the potential I see in each stone, so each piece is unique in shape, style, and design. My goal is to create functional one-of-a-kind art designed for everyday use that has special meaning to the owner.

Shaping and polishing jasper I found in Southern California
Shaping and polishing jasper I found in Southern California

I only use the highest quality solid stainless steel machined stoppers (that are made in the USA) to mount my stones so the stoppers will last forever. 

Steps:

  • Pledge for the reward you want. 
  • Send me your special stone - I will send you a mailing address after you pledge.
  • Once I get your stone I will cut, shape and polish it trying to bring out the most attractive parts of the stone.
  • Once the stopper is complete I will mount and ship your finished piece back to you.

Stone Guidelines:

  • Please make sure your stone is between 1"x1" and 3"x3".
  • Please pack your stone carefully for shipping. Most stones are hard but are brittle (subject to break with enough shock).
  • If your stone is very delicate or brittle I may need to structurally reinforce it with epoxy during the shaping and polishing process.
  • Some porous stones do not polish well. If your stone is one of those I can seal it with a varnish if you want.

If you don't have a special stone you collected but want a stopper made with a particular semi-precious stone you like I can do that as well.  Just send me a note with what the stone is and I will let you know if I have some of that type of stone in my inventory of stones I collected, traded, or bought as rough stones for cutting, carving, shaping and polishing into functional art.

Digging for large stones in Northern California
Digging for large stones in Northern California

 

Risks and challenges

I have set an aggressive timeline to try to get pieces out to backers by the end of the Holiday Season (at least for US backers).

Since I will not be able to start on their piece until I receive the rocks that are special to them I am also dependent on the timeliness of backers to send me those rocks. For quicker service I will also be offering the opportunity for them to select a semi-precious stone from my current inventory for their stopper.

Finally, some stones that backers provide may be extremely brittle or soft making it difficult or impossible to shape and polish them into stoppers.

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    EarlyBird: Stopper with your stone

    Send me your rock that you found on the beach on your honeymoon or that cool rock you found at your grandparent's cabin and I will carve, shape and polish it into a beautiful stainless steel stopper.

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    Special: Stopper with your special stone

    Send me your rock that you found on the beach on your honeymoon or that cool rock you found at your grandparent's cabin and I will carve, shape and polish it into a beautiful stainless steel stopper.

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    Last Chance: Stopper with your stone

    Send me your rock that you found on the beach on your honeymoon or that cool rock you found at your grandparent's cabin and I will carve, shape and polish it into a beautiful stainless steel stopper.

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