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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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