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flynny84
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« on: January 26, 2016, 06:19:47 am »

Hey everyone.
I've been into rocks and minerals for a long while but only recently had the notion of carving and shaping them. I was able to pick up a rough bit of jade for 5 euros in a rock shop on France over the summer. Armed with a dremel and some very basic cutting tools (literally - one diamond cutting disk, one diamond ball grinder) I've been able to wrangle them into a few shapes that are, at the very least, man made.
Two of them became Christmas presents for family and one I kept for myself. I've two, inch square bits left that I'm waiting for time to work on them but I'd like to hear what you fine people think or what advice you could give for future projects.
I'm also breaking the piggy bank for a set of diamond grinders for the dremel tomorrow which should help.


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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2016, 06:30:21 am »

Neat ideas, you got there.
No recommendations here without specific questions, except, practice to your hearts desire.
Practice is always the best teacher, try out materials and tools. Get a set of burs for your machine and find out what suits you best.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2016, 08:13:38 am »

As has been said asianfire you with a good idea , find a set of diamond tools and some sandpaper , grit of 300 to 1200 so you can keep trying the technique of polishing.
Either way your work is very soft and pleasant lines . Maybe you should give it a polished finish or finish them further.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016, 12:16:55 pm »

Nice shapes and ideas. Once the shaping has been done with the dremel the shapes can be finished by hand, either sanding to a matt finish as you have done or sanding then polishing using leather of felt bobs on a mandrel. Lots of sanding and polishing options out there for the Dremel and most can be fabricated at home to save euros, such as tooth picks with diamond paste.

I love your creativity that is already evident and look forward to watching as your skill and confidence evolves. We need more carvers.

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2016, 04:31:06 pm »

 yippie love the fish design.

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2016, 10:10:45 pm »

The 3 of them are really nice.
Nice shape, and nice color also
May be the first one would be embellished with a nice bail or a nicer cordon.
But still very nice and the fish is a very good idea!
 
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