In the past week or so I have been preparing crystals for adoption (www.ArkansasCrystalWorks.com). I thought it might be interesting to share what I do to get the crystals web-ready.
I look through my recently acquired crystals to see which ones want to be posted (I silently ask them in my mind as I am looking). My eye is drawn to the ones that are ready to go, as I pick them up I can feel whether it’s a “go” or a “no”. I put the “go’s” into a box and take them out to the studio for the next step.
I pick up each crystal and determine which is the top and front, and then I photograph each one.
I am careful not to spend too much time conversing with each crystal at this time because I know I am going to re-visit each later and I like to be surprised when it comes time to read them. Doing it this way makes me feel like the person looking through my site and I are discovering the crystal together.
After photographing, I put each crystal in a plastic sandwich bag with its corresponding number then I download all the pictures from my camera to the computer. I edit each picture (crop out backgrounds), make a thumbnail of each, and name them in a succession of numbers. (eg: CLEAR123, GOLDEN123, CLUSTER123, etc)
When the pictures are all ready to go, I cut and paste them to a working file in the format in which they will appear on the website (photo, name of crystal, description, approximate measurements).
Now we get to the phase where I connect individually to each crystal. I take the crystal out of the bag and set the bag and numbered card out of the way. I measure length, width and depth. Then, starting with physical characteristics, I begin by looking at the faces and counting edges. This lets me know if it is a Channeler, Dow or Transmitter or if it has extra facets (Windows) or has special faces such as five-sided (Isis) or eight-sided (Grounding).
Since I’m looking at the faces, next I check the surface features to see if there are Record Keepers, Sacred Sigils, Etching or markings such are found on Gas Phantoms.
I move down to the body of the point. Does it have Barnacles or Lineation or Etching? Are there companion points? Bridges or penetrating points?
Moving on from there, I look inside the crystal for Phantoms, Manifestation points, Fairy Frost and Rainbows. I see if I get a feel whether this point is Masculine or Feminine. Noting the clarity or milkiness of a point helps determine whether a point is Masculine (clear) or Feminine (milky or densely cloudy) but just as in people, the physical characteristics don’t always match the expected energy. It’s best not to make pre-judgements.
Finally I check the base to see if it is Self Healed, Double Terminated or Extra Terrestrial. I make notes in the description area as I find each of these things.
When I am finished reading the physical characteristics, I put the crystal in my left hand (receptive) and place my right hand over it (like holding a small animal). I center myself and make sure both my feet are flat on the floor and not crossed. Usually I close my eyes. I settle into myself and take note of any new sensations in my body (such as pulsing or heaviness) or thoughts (sometimes I get stories and sometimes I am just filled with an emotion). I record these in the description.
When I’m finished and feel like I have represented the crystal as best I can, I put it back in the bag, pick up a new crystal and begin again.
After the measuring, determining and reading, I cut and paste each to the website and give each a shopping cart button. Upload via FTP… and VIOLA!!! Now we are done.
WOW!! It’s a long process and no wonder it sometimes takes me a little while to get new crystals posted. I will be easier on myself when I feel like I should have more crystals done!
I look forward to seeing you in the next blog post!