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« on: November 24, 2015, 06:14:00 am »

OK, sencond try of a fish scene is on the way

Dont know really what to call this material. Was told gem sillica, but while there surely are sections of the material justyfying that title, I rather call is Gem Silica in Chrysocola.

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This is so much harder to do than the last one. The waterflow needs to work optically, otherwise that will never look right. Then comes the fish: I got no idea yet as to how deep I need to cut to allow the creature to be seen. So there is lots of experimenting ahead.

Two surprises already observed: contrary to the usual; sanding increases the colour-strenght, and the dark blue/black on top might turn into purple/red.
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2015, 04:14:44 am »

Wow, carving page has fallen completely asleep. dunno
No feedback on a new project in 5 days at all?  needcoffee?

A little progress today.


Now need to get the pectoral fin fin in place and then the danged head. I tried to start the head today, but simply cant wrap my head around it. I see it, and by the time I set the bur down, I can't.....  bricks crackthewhip tosscomputer

After that, I need to figure out a way to make the dorsal and caudal fins stand out.

Still thinking of drawing upper waves point of origin farther back (midpoint of left side).

Thanks for looking, Kurt
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 09:01:07 am »

Not sleeping....just looking...................Keep it up................ yes
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2015, 06:19:00 pm »

Geez Kurt!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2015, 08:31:02 am »

Speechless!
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2015, 10:37:43 pm »

Yes not sleeping, speechless!!!
Kiding, was on holidays so forgot everything!
always some nice idea and great carving!
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2015, 05:10:06 am »

I'm sorry too Kurt. All kinds of excuses but none of them good.

From the first photo to the second you have done a lot of smoothing in the waves, what kind of burr do you use for that?

I need to take a junk rock and make different shapes so I can learn what burr works best for each shape. I really feel like a pup when I view your work.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2015, 07:00:35 am »

I need to take a junk rock and make different shapes so I can learn what burr works best for each shape. I really feel like a pup when I view your work. Jim

Smoothing out is done mostly with 400 paper and a lot of re-cutting.
I used mostly 3mm and 5mm (flat and cone/triangle shapes) cutting-blades (the hollow ones to cut half-balls work well too). Hence its in parts still not deep enough to have the desired effect to have fins and head stand out enough to see them instantly. Just tried a first polish earlier today on 14k paste looking alright, but very unhappy with (surprise) the head. While anatomically pretty much correct, somehow it looks off!

In any case; its the first time to work with gem-quality material, so will take my time. Another week or more, does not really matter.
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2015, 07:26:38 am »


As of right now. Lots of toothpicks at the ready to work that one out.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2015, 07:36:39 am »

Kurt:

Now you know why I like to carve solid-colored material! You're braver than I am. I hate trying to reconcile my design to the pattern in the rock. It starts out alright, but when I start carving some of the color goes away and then I have to change the outline, etc...

The waves look really good and the undercutting on the top of the head is great. You only need to make the eyes and mouth stand out more and you're done.

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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2015, 08:07:01 am »

Actually the colour mix works out quite well. The only real setback colour-wise is the top of the wave. That thing simply does not want to stand out. Otherwise I'm quite happy how the colours came out. For the fish itself its just the right mixture.

I think I will have to lower the inward curve of the tail-end as well as the wave under the tail-fin, that should make the tail overall stand out more. And yes, placement of eye will definitely make a big difference. After the Eye, the mouth becomes secondary but needs to be in an exact angle to make it work. 
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