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« on: August 03, 2015, 07:00:02 am »

Just wanted to share our opal entry's in the Ridge opal awards, the owl a joint effort with me and Margie, the dragonfly with Kevin a jewelry designer in Singapore.


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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 07:29:17 am »

The owl is a very interesting project.
Are those buttons (except the eyes) from one and the same piece as the back?

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2015, 07:54:12 am »

Great job, Margie and Mick! I hope you both do well in the competition.

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2015, 03:38:07 pm »

They are all beautiful, but I really love that little owl.   Good luck to you in the contest!
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2015, 04:11:09 pm »

I've always loved the Art Nouveau dragonflies and yours is no exception.  Beautiful! 

Opal's a much more difficult medium than the enamel in most of these but it presents many design possibilities.  I wish you and all our Forum entrants the best in the competition. 

https://www.google.com/search?q=art+nouveau+dragonfly&biw=1466&bih=664&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0CB0QsARqFQoTCPPokMP1jccCFQtbiAodfw4OhQ#imgrc=_
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2015, 04:28:40 pm »

Thanks for the great replys, the owl backing is black jade, those little buttons- feathers are natural Peru opal, the eyes are SA painted lady South AU opal, the blue beads for the eyes are also the Peru opal cut from the same materal as the others its just the backing that makes them a different color, his name is Barney the barn owl, none of our entry's placed this time, a fiend that went and had a look at all the entry's said all the winners used very high value opal, $30 K plus gems.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2015, 04:32:54 pm »

Marvellous job! I really like the dragonfly but the other two are also very creative!
 
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2015, 04:40:29 pm »

Great job, my pick is the free form design. The others are awesome as well but the carving is great. Kind of tough if the judges are picking value over design.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2015, 05:19:44 pm »

So much for their declaration that value is not a criteria.
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2015, 06:31:10 pm »

Yes the statement that value has no influence, if you have 2 carvings of equal polish and design but one uses a very high grade stone that has a huge wow factor and drop dead gorgeous its obvious which one will win, I could not afford to purchase gem of this grade. 
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2015, 08:21:37 pm »

very nice opal  colour Mick.B
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2015, 08:32:27 pm »

That's a very sad statement for the contest.  Only people with the really big bucks will win, even if a more talented artist enters with a less valuable opal.  Very sorry to hear that.   Kind of puts a cloud over the whole thing.   dunno
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2015, 01:32:48 am »

Well at least it made the front page of the paper.


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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2015, 02:32:53 am »

I do like the horse (as well as the dragonfly), but the other one???
The whole setting seems off, and the diamonds do not seem to fit that stone in general.
Wonder if the setting is hiding something..........
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2015, 07:47:28 am »

List of winners is finally up:

http://www.iojdaa.com.au/media-releases/2015-i.o.j.d.a.a-award-winners.html
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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2015, 11:23:25 am »

Lovely pieces. And nice nod to be selected for the front cover. The dragonfly and sculptural piece too are both lovely but I have to admit that there is something extremely appealing and whimsical about that owl. I LOVE it!
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2015, 04:48:18 pm »

I wish I knew someone who went.  I'd like to confirm that mine were actually displayed since they got there so late.  I'm assuming they were.
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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2015, 07:20:11 pm »

Mick:

It's interesting that you say that about the most valuable high quality opals making the cut. It's why I never bothered to enter any carving in this contest as I can't afford any really nice opal either. The stuff I have that's okay is too small for most people to look at that closely.

Maybe we should start our own carving competition of solid colored jasper or chalcedony, where the focus could really be on the carving and not the stone. You're right about the quality of the material; it always has an effect of judges. When I was doing woodcarving the same thing would happen; it the wood was exotic or highly figured it would always get more points, and some of the wood could be really expensive.

I always look forward to looking at your pieces as they are always so flawlessly executed. It gives me something to aspire to; I love to carve but hate to polish. You push me to do better and I can't ask for more.

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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2015, 08:39:34 pm »

Pretty fun getting to see your pieces Mick thanks for posting.
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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2015, 05:38:57 am »

Thanks again for the great comments, its becoming very difficult to purchase quality carving opal even here in Au, in 2013 I did manage to find a very good piece but there was nothing like it at a reasonable price this time, I would need to spend at least 5 K to find a good piece, seems some have more connections in the opal world than me or much deeper pockets, there was a lot of hipe about not having our carvings seen before the event, so not to influence the judges, in 2013 I posted on many forums before this, if I do enter it again I will post it us much as I can as its my work and will not be told I can,t post pics.
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2015, 08:01:11 am »

Perhaps you awesome carvers out there should consider entering the AGTA Awards instead. There the material used doesn't seem to be as important.  I've seen every material under the sun entered.  Mick, some of beautiful rhodonite or whatever would work.  Ya'll should look into it. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2015, 08:52:28 am »

I'm looking for competitions to enter.  Google seems less than productive.  I'll look up that AGTA. I would love to find a competition that actually provides judges feedback as well.  Anyone knows of any?

And ya, I've now posted photos of my finished products in Kurt's thread, "Australian opal competition."  I'd love to hear what y'all think.  And there's nothing in the rules about not posting prior, but having not entered before, I was just following advice from someone who wins all the time.

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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2015, 09:00:21 am »

Geez...  entry fee is $295 for one entry.
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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2015, 10:19:49 am »

Yeah, the AGTA's always been a little  too"sniffy" for my taste.  For a number of years Lapidary Journal (or whatever they call themselves these days) sponsored a contest called The Gemmys.  It was a open worldwide cutting/carving/jewelry competition that was geared more to non-professionals.  For some reason it was discontinued just about the time I was about to enter -- there must be a connection LOL.  Anyhow maybe if enough folks tell the editors of their interest it might be resurrected, although my impression is that LJ is suffering from AGTA-envy.
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« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2015, 05:26:33 pm »

I inquired about the AGTA carving sections and they only allow US and Canadian entry's, if I had a registered business in either of the countries it would be ok, the Australian Gemboree is also another to enter, allows world wide entry's, and the judges give score sheets for each individual entry, just Google AFLACA, then go to Gemboree.
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« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2015, 06:35:19 pm »

Well that just sucks.   bricks
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« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2015, 06:52:17 pm »

Got the Gemboree booklet on the table. Any material will do, and dateline for the event held in Tasmania this time is January. Got to contact them in regards to sizes though as I find their wording in specifying sizes contradictory. Anyone interested, look up Group five rules. Plus there seems to be some contradiction in regards to shipping/personal pick-up too.

The Gemmys where held recently if I remember right. Will have to look for the link to see if they are going to repeat. One of the winners is still waiting to see a promised hard-copy of the book they promised to produce of all the winning entries.
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« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2015, 03:43:06 pm »

Kurt, this may be helpful, from the rule book.


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« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2015, 05:04:41 pm »

50mm minimum size?  That counts out most opal carvings.
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