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« on: March 28, 2016, 10:27:51 pm »

Easter has come and gone. Sun finally returned, so time to shift into high gear.

Tried the coral first as a cab from a cut-off


Hard as hell and easy to shape, so tried carving something easy



Then it was high time to get trying on amber. Really wanted to try since a very long time. Had no idea that that stuff is so incredibly sensitive to heat. Have by now wayyyy too many fragments laying around, and that just from trying to cab. :)

So without changing any tools or usual way of doing things, I went on and slowly results come in
first two attempts to carve


Not finished, just re-did the Yin/Yang and one of the fish again a few minutes ago.

There is a strange attraction to the colour when those things are done. Cant really explain it, as I don't really like the colour overall. But its somehow a warm colour that creates points of interest and endearment.

So on to something a bit more elaborate


Got a completely new form of respect for Preciat Carlos Preciat and Przemysław Kuś who turn out masterpieces with ease. This material is not easy to work at all and needs patience above and beyond what we normally practice.
Will not become one of my favorite materials, but will still try a few more, just to prove that I can work with it without having to buy specialized equipment. As said above, hats off to Kus and Carlos who turn out such wonderful delicate pieces every-time they show us something.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 10:28:53 pm »

Geez Kurt!  dancer5
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 04:28:00 am »

Thanks for staying out of the KK comp, with your imagination the rest of us would have problems.

What you do is just too much for me. shemademe
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 04:56:05 am »

Thanks for staying out of the KK comp, with your imagination the rest of us would have problems.

What you do is just too much for me. shemademe

Not at all; looked at the competition earlier today and was astonished by the superb quality.
Don't have anything to compete with you folks anymore.  dunno
Plus, I rather stick with shapes and forms that would not qualify in the contest these days.  saved2
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