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carvings 2013, December 2012 to end of December 2013 updated Dec-28

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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2012, 01:52:50 pm »

Kurt,

I am so appreciative of you and your contributions to our forum.  You have grown so much and so fast in your art form that it is quite mind boggling to me.  You are becoming a master in carving in a blink of an eye.  I can't wait to see what you bring to us in 2013!!!

Best wishes to you in the new year my friend and thank you for always being here to inspire those of us that have yet to take the challenge of carving!!! yes yes yes
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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2012, 07:22:07 pm »

Whoa!!!! So what's missing from that fire agate? Nothing by the looks of it. One of the best I have ever seen. :)
I think that's rather cool inserting facet gems.
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« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2012, 09:09:12 pm »

Thanks everyone, its been two years on the forum now; people come and go, some talk, some don't, but everyone deserves the credit for having raised me to where I am now. So, the need for gratitude goes out to everyone here.

Whoa!!!! So what's missing from that fire agate? Nothing by the looks of it. One of the best I have ever seen. :) 

Needs more color for my taste, as a starter. But yes I like it a lot. Best you have seen? I don't think so. There are absolutely fantastic pieces out there, and whats in private hands topping them all, ..........  boggles the mind......

Since I have been into them for a few weeks now, I have decided to continue working on a rather special piece that I was able to get a few years ago. So far it looks good and I hope to show you some pictures by the weekend that should bring tears to even hardened "opal-collectors".

In the meantime; got those two finished up (pics taken before 50K Diamond-paste):



And, my little light of the day. It's down to the last two sheets of color, so for a change, the back is all done too. (I usually have the habit of not forming the back until I know what I want to do with them).


Greetings, Kurt
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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2012, 06:33:54 am »

Woohooo...! Very nice and stong green colour.... yes
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« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2012, 08:50:24 pm »

Kurt:

I think they're both exceptional, but I agree with you, I like the green one too. You never know what you'll get with a fire agate, I carved on one for days but the orbs were so small and difficult to see it wasn't really worth it to go on. Someone recently gave me two that look really good, so I'll have to get to work on them after I finish my two current projects.

Good job!

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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2012, 09:02:18 am »

Thanks Debbie and David.

One more before posting some fireworks for the end of the year tomorrow. Got the pictures already, but want to wait and see if I can get some shots outdoors tomorrow.

In the meantime here is one more:


And here a link to all the best of December 2012 in one place.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bchallenge/sets/72157632262060035/
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2012, 04:25:44 pm »

Wowowowow! What a FANTASTIC review for 2012!!!!

You ALMOST make me want to dig out my fire agates, the terrible time consuming things... LOL! I think I'll be working on the handful I have for years and years:P.
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2012, 06:36:33 pm »

Time-consuming, they certainly are, but.......... once in a while,..... you get something really special.







Have no real use for them, yet I know, I will continue to chase material that prommisses to be better. Eye-balling the next one already.  yippie saved2 hugs32
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2012, 11:51:50 pm »

More and more and much more better colour FA...... yes......carving FA is quite chalanging work, Happy New Year Kurt....wish you and your family a good health and prosperity... yippie
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« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2013, 12:25:09 am »

So after starting with the Fire Agate section 2 years ago, I knew what I wanted to do with it as the shape lends itself very clearly for it.

What stopped me from executing it at the time was no knowledge of carving at all and the need for (Ohhh horror of it all) a face.

Last week, I finally brought myself to get started by saying to myself that a mask would do just fine. I still got some fragments left over from a Turkish Dendrite Opal and started out on a pure white section in order to give it max contrast to the Fire Agate.



Started with the eyes and then went south. Gave it a more rounded face on the left in order to follow the shape of the FA and the plan to set it at an angle looking to the right.

As it turns out my guesses where far from reality and at a final size of 10.5 mm its far to big to fit into the hollow space of the FA. Will have to reshape and use it for something else in the future.

So, I put that one aside and started on the FA itself on Monday. Somehow picking up another piece of opal; but this time slightly blue. First mistake was to allow a dendrite within the face. It turns out darker than expected, yet gives another dimension to the face.

Started this time with raising nose-tip and cheeks. So bottom up. Went very quick and had a reasonable face in no time.

Here are the pics along the way up until today at 7mm. For fitting, I will have to shave off another mm, that should run to exactly a quarter of an inch.


As the FA is not yet ready (sanding polish  certain parts drives me nuts), and we don't have the answer to the guessing game yet, we will need to wait till the weekend for that. chuckle

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« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2013, 06:16:38 am »

OK, i think I got pictures as best as I can get, so its time to move this project to a close here.

That's how it started and where the back/color side ended up


Rough monk


Trying for days, just to get one picture with stone and mirror-face "in-focus", but to no avail
Mirror play 1

Mirror play 2

Best shot: I found those mushrooms on the tree-stump that I'm using quite often as background. Did some angled shots with surprising results and like the "landscape"effect. Might be crowded for some viewers, but personally, I think it makes it easier to create meaning to the carving.

Like the angle, but color is somehow off, with the sun coming on too strong.


Consider this now the best for the time being


So now as I got the pictures, I can finally drill the hole from top to affix a bail and then combine everything permanently.

Have a great week, Kurt
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« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2013, 07:01:07 am »

I'm still in awe with the monk Kurt.. How tall does he stand?
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« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2013, 07:13:51 am »

Thank you, the Fire Agate is exactly 40mm in height and at the widest 15mm.
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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2013, 09:50:18 am »

I really like this one.....You did a great job and the last photos were really good.................. yes Great mushrooms also......
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« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2013, 02:43:32 pm »

Thank you Steve,

Now lets see if I can use up some more FA for a dragonfly.
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