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« on: October 28, 2015, 06:52:21 am »

OK here we go from beginning to end for those of you who do not partake on FB.

It all started a bit over two years ago, with a Montana heel, that had a line of dendrites running through milky but otherwise clean chalcedony.



Step one, pretty much exactly 2 years ago (Oct. 2013), entered this in the cab-contest and for it ground down the back to stable material, and polished both sides.


After that put it away again, but by now had an idea as to how to preserve the dendrites in front in form of a staff.

 
By now, I envisioned to use the inclusions at the back as a sort of dragon-wing that swings forwards at the bottom of the piece and having a person standing on the inside of the wing holding the staff.

Acted on that fairly quickly, but it would be another 6 months before I somehow could get the nerve to try to outline the person.

Did not like it, so I put it away again. Until earlier this year as I got the drive to try out some dragons. That started the dragon face, but not much more.

5 months on in September, I finally got the vision to deepen the legs and wing-tips as well as to do a basic back.

Followed by digging out a tail-end for the dragon.



Was tinkering with it all month long, still hesitating because I could not envision the torso and head.
But eventually there was nothing more to do so I had to try a head and the final arm leading to the dragons mouth. 

The head turned out situated much lower than expected and without hair. Looks ok as long as you don't magnify. The proportions fit, but I'm not sure if I would try to refine it, if I would not mess it up.

So finally I'm ready to call it done (for now)
Best daylight-pics thus far


And Indoors plus back-lit


Ohh yeah, drilled a second hole under the dragons neck to utilize solid material to string the cord (not trusting the stability of the wing-tips)

Never had so many uncertainties in the past few years, does not look like what I originally envisioned at all, but still proud to wear it.  yippie

Thanks for looking, Kurt


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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2015, 07:28:58 am »

I really like the glow of the rock where the man is; it looks unearthly. Having the hole under the dragon's neck makes it look like he is harnessed, which is pretty cool.

I think this is a really good piece, Kurt. The vision of the everything; the staff, the dragon's wings, has been realized. The polish is fantastic.

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2015, 08:49:57 am »

Thank you Debbie,

You have always been one of my strongest supporters since the beginning.
Still trying to catch up with you folks, but not in a hurry to get there.

I'm torn on the topic of faces: I have seen enough carvings by now, from all over the planet, to know how you do your faces. But somehow, when I set burrs to stone, things have their own way of going astray. While, I do not want to make copies from what I can learn from everyone, I do hope to get the knack soon, to make the transition from ethnic/rough faces to more elegant ones. In the meantime, will just keep trying.... hide
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2015, 10:48:09 am »

The face is exactly right, as is the whole piece! Beautiful and well-done!
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2015, 11:44:10 am »

Really impressive work.  So artistic.  I don't think I could ever pull anything like that off.  I'd be so afraid while working on it as it gets closer and closer to being done.  Accidentally dropping it would be an incredible tragedy!   
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2015, 12:57:20 pm »

Kurt, you  just keep me in awe with your creations........................Keep it up.......................... dancer5
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2015, 03:01:21 pm »

A gorgeous piece of artwork! I love the depth you've captured with the pattern and color in the stone, and the coiling design and tiny details. The cord does fit right in, looks like a part of the sculpture rather than an extra piece. Something like this demands a story.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2015, 04:03:42 pm »

Tank you all.

The face is exactly right, as is the whole piece! Beautiful and well-done!

Yep, I think so too. As long as you don't look too close and see how primitive the cuts are that ensued those shadows.  bricks

Really impressive work.  So artistic.  I don't think I could ever pull anything like that off.  I'd be so afraid while working on it as it gets closer and closer to being done.  Accidentally dropping it would be an incredible tragedy!  

Oh yes, you can. Its way more elaborate than it should be. I simply seem to have the inability to make simple flowing cuts that are so attractive in a lot of works. And yes, I carry the piece with me throughout the day for sanding, so dropping or being pushed by someone at any time, is a distinct possibility.  I do have my fair share of accidents and more often than not, it happens in the last possible moment (twice already this year, by being pushed by my dog rushing out the door, running for an imagined attack of something). Love those dogs, but sometimes,........ dunno
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