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« on: August 10, 2015, 09:22:13 am »

We got a challenge on opposites running right now, but with limited time available, I just did something on the quick.

Australian Zebrastone. Fantastic and surprisingly solid material.



Can imagine using this material for faces in the future. Should make for some awesome designs.

Lots of different design-possibilities with that stuff. Marijana, who send me some rough, also send me this fantastic pendant.
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 11:46:27 am »

I'm glad to see someone treat this rough with some respect. I love the texture of the material and the pattern is usually wonderful.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 02:57:34 pm »

Hi there Kainzer! It's me, Jeske! :) Haven't introduced myself here yet (this is my very first post), but it's great to know that there's at least one person around on this forum that I know!

Lovely carving, fits the theme very well. Interesting material, with the stripes and the dots. Can't wait for the voting yippie
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2015, 06:59:18 pm »

Very nice Kurt, there is certainly pleasure in working something a bit soft occasionally. Love zebra stone.
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2015, 07:20:41 pm »


For a quickie, Mr Patience, you did super work of that Zebra stone for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2015, 07:21:28 pm »

Lovely carving, fits the theme very well. Interesting material, with the stripes and the dots. Can't wait for the voting yippie

Jeske, nice to see you having joined us here. Dive right in, lots of interesting, friendly and knowledgeable folks here.
Still missing your entry. Hope that come September, things will pick up again.

Yes this material is soft, but that's exactly the reason why its a nice surprise as to how well it holds up to carving.
It does not allow a good finish. Waxy is pretty much all you get. But still it looks different and with it I like it. I'm told that the source is underwater today (reservoir having been build atop of it), still, I wonder why I have not seen more of this stuff used in carving yet. There are lots of variations in the dots and line occurrences that should make for some very interesting designs.
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2015, 07:32:35 pm »

Kool work!  I just saw this stone this last weekend for the first time.  I was at the Big East Coast Rock and Gem show and at the end of the room, they always have some kind of theme'd display.  This year there were a bunch of cases, each case highlighted a specific type of mineral or stone, and one was Zebra Stone.  I am going to post a bunch of pics from the show on a separate thread, but since you guys brought up Zebra Stone, here is a pic of the display case.

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2015, 08:26:42 pm »

I recently got some of this rock, too, but mine has more orange in it and it's sometimes called "print stone". It would be interesting to carve according to the design; I'll have to think about it thinking13.

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2015, 08:28:27 pm »

Fantastic picture and shows how well it holds up to punishment.
Would not dare to carve antlers like that or have long legs. :)
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2015, 11:59:28 am »

Very unusual, beautiful material! Those carvings, the giraffe and stag, are stunning. I've seen things like that done out of ebony, but never thought someone could get stone to behave that way!
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2015, 04:21:35 pm »

I love this stuff, it make anusual carving and must be quite a surprise each time!
Wonderfull work! dancer5
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