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 on: Today at 04:57:01 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by edgarscale
asianfire thank you for sharing.  you really made my day and week.  please, continue showing your step-by-step, mary...

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 on: Today at 04:50:21 PM 
Started by jerrysg - Last post by edgarscale
yukon jade,  THAT is really nice material.  thanks for sharing  :icon_thumleft:

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 on: Today at 03:17:25 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by ILMSteve
Beautiful work! Thanks for showing these!

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 on: Today at 01:56:35 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Asianfire
questions?   Do you track how many hours you put into each piece?
                  What is your main tool for doing the rough carving to this point?

No, I dont. I only know the proximate time on the machine. Sanding takes place while on the road (walking the dogs, going to work, standing in line somewhere,... etc). So it would be pretty impossible to track.

Foredome with 2inch cutting blade followed mostly by inverted triangle shaped and ball shaped burrs of different sizes.

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 on: Today at 09:52:00 AM 
Started by jerrysg - Last post by yukonjade

    Hampton butte material is a green petrified wood located in central Oregon,Gary green is a jasper found near Mcdermitt Nevada. The 2 locations are separated by a couple of hundred miles,here is a picture of the wood they are very similar in coloring.     :book1:
                                                 

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 on: Today at 09:23:46 AM 
Started by Ryaly2dogs - Last post by 55fossil
   330 epoxy will also thin out with heat. I put it under a light until it gets more like water than syrup. I do this to make doublets because it helps remove air bubbles and makes an excellent transparent bond.

When you thin with acetone does the 330 shrink as it dries out?

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 on: Today at 09:18:22 AM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by 55fossil
    Awesome...  The Chinese Nephrite will be my favorite. no doubt. 

questions?   Do you track how many hours you put into each piece?
                  What is your main tool for doing the rough carving to this point?


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 on: Today at 04:48:45 AM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Asianfire
Easy part is done, now to sanding and polish.

Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

tricky to get to the left onset of the trunk, so not done yet

Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Looks great as such, but I worry that the cuts might be too shallow to give definition to a polished piece.
Might just leave the head and trunk unpolished after cleaning up. Legs and foot will be done in a couple of days.

Next weekend then the tusks. I'm thinking Qrrums moonstone for the black one, and dont knoiw yet what to use for the Chinese nephrite to stand out. Maybe some leftover black jade, but that thing is hard to polish as it is so danged small. :) :)

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 on: January 15, 2018, 08:05:04 PM 
Started by Ryaly2dogs - Last post by Jhon P
We had the meeting tonight ( at sizzler in Blythe) tonight and voted you into the club
When I get back i will fill up a flat rate box. I am going to be collecting rain now oynx I  I’ll send you a couple of pieces. It is easy to do and makes a nice sphere. I will see what else I may have. I have to have time to cut it so they will fit  in the box.

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 on: January 15, 2018, 07:50:48 PM 
Started by jerrysg - Last post by jerrysg

  This slab looks a lot like Gary green jasper to me,

My limited experience is that they are the same - just different names.

Jerry

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