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« on: December 08, 2018, 06:41:39 pm »

I started this little carving last Thursday, its of a Kookaburra shell found in Queensland Australia, its nephrite jade from my region and its slow going, I have made a few mistakes with this one but its a new shape and there is always something to learn on a first piece, the reverse is a more basic shell shape, I would like to carve out the internal to let more light in, the jade is quite translucent, a blue green stone.


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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 10:11:44 pm »

Michael:

Absolutely beautiful! Great job and technical superb adherence to the spirit of the original. Shells are harder than you think they'll be; I've carved a few myself. Really good job!

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018, 10:35:16 pm »

Really beautiful work Michael..

I am a collector of Chinese antiques of which one niche category is snuff bottles.. 

You might find the technique for hollowing out the bottles interesting. Perhaps you could figure out a diamond plated abrasive bit/tool for hollowing out your sea shell in the same manner ..


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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 01:06:29 am »

Thanks Debbie and George, this side has taken around 18 hours, very slow going but its nephrite, thanks for your link George, after I carve the reverse side I will try to hollow it out.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2018, 04:34:35 am »

Another beauty!  yes
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 06:00:30 am »

Amazing skill and beauty!

Can't wait to see the insides carved out - need to rig it with an internal light somehow and watch it glow
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2018, 11:42:23 am »

Beautiful Mick B!
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2018, 11:57:30 am »

Wonderful and enjoyed that video to Taogem!
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 12:54:44 pm »

More beautiful carving  clapper
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2018, 09:41:35 pm »

Thanks for the great comments, there is still many hours left in this carving to make it more shell like, some of my carvings have abstract shapes mixed with figurative design, this one has zero abstract, the shell has little spikes protruding from the shell, in the next few days I will start on these, would be great if I had a small core drill that had a v or countersunk section in the bottom to cut some little spikes like these then carve the surrounding, section down by hand.
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2018, 09:30:49 am »

I realized that shared the wrong video with you..

Here is the part showing the tool and the hollowing out.

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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2018, 11:58:33 am »

Sure enjoy seeing your carvings mick b.
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2018, 12:49:24 pm »

Thanks, getting closer to the shape I wan,t, the eye is more oval shape and I have carved the little spikes in the body like the real shell, so slow carving, this carving will challenge me. 


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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2018, 01:46:08 pm »

Michael:

I carved an alien head that had little bubbles on it; I made/turned brass round with the appropriate shapes countersunk for every grit and different sizes. I know it's a pain, but it worked pretty well.

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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2018, 04:07:46 pm »

Thanks Debbie, I do have a center laythe in my workshop, will give this a try, I want to get the design and sequence worked out on this one before I carve it in Lightning ridge opal. 
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