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I am gearing up for a Leaf carving. Who wants to join me?

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« on: September 05, 2011, 08:48:35 am »

Since Garry set me on fire to try my hand at leaf carving and fall is looming on the horizon I am getting ready to undertake this new project.
I dont want it to be a contest, I just want us all to have some fun.

Maybe I should ask everyone to name their leaves. LOL Like famous movie stars or musicians or anyone that is famous:)
Does this sound like good idea?
Any suggestions or thoughts would be good to hear:)
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2011, 10:42:20 am »

I sure want to try one, but will really be tied up for the next two weeks.  And yes we need to name them.
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2011, 01:38:48 pm »

I want to try it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2011, 05:29:01 pm »

Since this is end of summer and people are gearing down for fall maybe we should let it go on for a while say 10/15/2011?
I have been working on mine already:P 
I had one drawn out and son laffed at my attempts so I had to go back and try again:)
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2011, 01:49:18 pm »

Ooo I guess I better get jiggy~
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2011, 04:18:03 pm »

Jiggy and twiggy:P
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 06:56:26 pm »

I'm working on one right now.  I just have to dig out my Foredom carving tool. 

Garry
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2011, 04:01:27 pm »

Here is my attempt at a Fire Agate grape leaf



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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2011, 04:17:07 pm »

Oh Christopher I adore this:)
The colors and the fire and the textures.....WOW... it looks like real stem within the stone:)
Really cool photography too Christopher:) Total package is excellent:)
Thanks for starting us off..... Now I am gonna have to get busy:)
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2011, 08:21:24 pm »

Great start Christopher, super idea, nice color and excellent execution.

Is this N.American or Mexican ?
I have tried shaping Mexican before, but find that it does not work for me, dunno

 if the basic overall shape is not there Like the one in the picture (something I have shown before). In all the pictures it resembles more a hand, yet when you see the real thing worn, it looks much more like a Maple leaf.  Originally I tried to leave some patterning on top, but it did not work, so I went all the way to the color and just shaped the outline. The diamond is primarily there because that was/is the only spot without color (a hole going all the way through the stone).

Working on something new for here and hope to be ready to post by Sunday.

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2011, 08:52:33 pm »

it is Mexican Kurt. That one you did looks killer. Cool little sagenite spray up at the top.
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2011, 09:12:41 pm »

Love your fire agate Kurt.
Very cool idea with the diamond:)
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2011, 10:23:31 pm »

*sigh*

All these cool leafy projects coming to fruition...  I haven't done squat.  Pressure. 
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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2011, 10:56:09 pm »

Well it did not take me long to realize that I just don't have neither the proper tools, and skill !!

I did manage to get a pretty good shape to it, but thats about it.

Not even close to being any where nearly as nice as the ones shown, but...., hey, what the heck !





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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2011, 06:01:33 am »

George:) What a  lovely blue lapis:) And the design is perfect:) A leaf like this could work within a number of designs.
It dont have to be intensely worked to feel the wonder:)
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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2011, 06:50:02 am »

George, I think the idea was getting people to try something outside their comfort zone.

 

I understand, and this is certainly outside that comfort zone for me.. Maybe I will pick up the proper grinding and sanding tools for carving down the road.

Sara...

I forgot to say that thiis is Sodalite. Looks a lot like Lapis, but a much darker blue.
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« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2011, 10:33:54 am »

I have never seen sodalite with pyrite in it before... I suspect it is actually lapis. Both the Bolivian and the Brazilian sodalite are an even darker blue, and usually have a figure of criss-crossing feldspathic lines. But for me the main giveaway is that streak of pyrite...
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« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2011, 03:19:28 pm »

Yep sure does look like Lapis
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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2011, 05:51:55 pm »

I am not sure about a lot of stones but I have some lapis with pyrite too so that is what made me say lapis George. I dont mind being corrected if I am wrong either and I thank you Aaron and Christopher for agreeing on what I thought it was.
Let me tell you about my day. Its been Murphy's Law all day long. I was optimistic when I got up. I had thought up a design for the contest. A fern leaf. I wanted to make it out of Epidote with copper from Michigan. I woke up whistling and ran down to draw it out. hehe Looks just like a fern leaf doesnt it:) Youngest son is my worst critic. he said it looked like alligator mouth and then gave me a hug:)


My motor burned out on my flat lap this weekend. Big heavy duty sigh. But thats ok I have other ways of polishing stone.  I used my tumbling grit on glass which Bobby told me about but I dont know if this stone is hard as a rock or what..... So when I finally gave up I took the design outside to see if there was any shine at all and dropped it on the rock in the landscaping and never did find the tail end.  Big big sigh.....
Then I came running  upstairs and dropped the design once again and broke it in half. This time I said @*(Q%#$%#$W%Q@#$%FSGFS...
So here is my leaf, I had such high hopes. Just call it a preform and its waiting before I polish it...
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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2011, 07:19:37 pm »

LOLOLOL Sara!!!!!!!!!!  I glad I'm not the only one that does that...  I always drop them trying to take pics of them. 


OK, I worked on it all day and could only get crappy pics in the kitchen where the light sucks.  The one in my hand represents more of the true color of the plasma jasper but the other one shows more of the carving detail so there you have it.


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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2011, 07:50:22 pm »

oh my Sweet Lord that is gorgeous Gina:)
I am wowed:)
Perfect stone for a leaf too:)
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2011, 08:54:30 pm »

Best yet in this thread, Gina. yippie

Wonderful design and excellent work. yes

Sorry to hear about all the trails Sara, yet not all is lost, will still turn out very nice.  ura
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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2011, 11:53:01 pm »

That is so cool. Colors are perfect too!! Excellent job!
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« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2011, 09:55:21 pm »

Wow !!

Sara and Gina !!

Great carvings !!  yes
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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2011, 08:57:13 am »

Great job Sara and Gina. I should look around and see if I have a rock that says "Leaf me"
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« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2011, 09:41:26 am »

LOLOL Bob:)
Come on everyone join in please:)
I was looking at my leaf and wondering why everything I try to do looks like it should belong in a Tim Burton movie?
Maybe I should design a necklace for Johnny Depp to wear as Barnabas:)
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« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2011, 10:10:13 am »

Ha....Sara I have boxes full of unfinished/ruined/forgotten projects. (Remember Richard Brautigans Library of Forgotten Works? I think it came about in a short story titled "The Abortion" Or maybe it was "The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster")  Not sure. But I regress.....I do seem to get back to them eventually.........for the most part. I found a scrap of uknown Jade that isnt the greatest in one of those boxes and it seems to be a little leafy.  I am overhauling my work area in the little shop room so I have a project for today. Multi-tasking you know. I am in.
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« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2011, 08:37:55 pm »

I have never seen sodalite with pyrite in it before... I suspect it is actually lapis. Both the Bolivian and the Brazilian sodalite are an even darker blue, and usually have a figure of criss-crossing feldspathic lines. But for me the main giveaway is that streak of pyrite...

I stand corrected !

Thanks for the correction  yes
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« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2011, 10:02:36 pm »

LOLOL Bob:)
Come on everyone join in please:)
I was looking at my leaf and wondering why everything I try to do looks like it should belong in a Tim Burton movie?
Maybe I should design a necklace for Johnny Depp to wear as Barnabas:)

That would be awesome wouldn't it?  Tim Burton movies ROCK!!  (pun intended)
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« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2011, 09:40:08 am »

OK, so after a lot of delays, here is my attempt in creating a leaf.

This wonderful stone is a Regency Rose that came from Sara and comes in at 60 x 34mm.

As I did not have the right burs to dig deeper, I thought leaving the surface between the vanes uneven would  make the vanes stand out more. Which it did, but it created a huge head-ache with the polishing. Now everything is polished but the shadpws that allow the vanes to be visible, also creates the effect of an unfinished piece.

In the end, I'm quite happy with the piece at hand (until further notice as usual  hide)

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« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2011, 09:44:24 am »

I think it is a very beautiful leaf. The veins look like real veins to me, like a 3D effect:)
What is its name?
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« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2011, 09:59:31 am »

Sorry, forgot about naming.  "Frustration" would be the first thing coming to mind, but I think the best way to describe this wonderful material would be "Forest within", because of sooo much individual growth within this stone. ura

Plus maybe one more thing to add.
A dying leaf contains everything that makes new growth possible.

So, "Forrest Within"is fitting.
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« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2011, 01:16:58 pm »

Wow.. You sure did get the veins to pop !

Beautiful carving ! yes
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« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2011, 01:31:33 pm »

I like how you have the veins raised on that~ very cool!
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