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Elephant done with both Feb 08
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:39:13 PM »

After months without inspiration to start anything new, 2018 seems to start well.
Just takes a bit as I cut outdoors and in the moment the weather is certainly not inviting.

Somehow around New Year, I got Elephant into my mind and it stuck with me for a few days, so I started a freehand piece just to see where it would go.
ppeleph 1 plu 2 by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
One kept breaking off, but the Slag from England held up.
ppbest by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
No tusks yet. Will wait for that till the next two catch up.

Up next, a bit better planed (lets see if that helps). One in Chinese nephrite, where I hope the rind will give me a two-tone effect, and an Australian Black Jade (a material that has been kind to me).
Jade project by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Early release from school today allowed for a little session to start cutting the elephants.
Australian jade needs recessing lower parts of the ears and then find a way to optically fit onset of tusks.
I think, overall shape of ears and head should be ok for the time being.
Australian Jade rough cut by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

The Chinese nephrite is a bit more trickier. Trying to use the red/orange tone from the rind. So started testing viability on the ears. Will have to thin it out, but again, I think it could work.
Chinese Nephrite rough cut by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Thanks for looking, Kurt
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 04:00:04 PM »

I enjoy your carving.
I like how you are trying the harness the qualities of the material to create the various elephants.  The finished Chinese Nephrite ought to be intriguing.  I want to see how that two-tone effect finally plays out.
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 09:45:27 PM »

Looking good Kurt, will be interested to see how you go maintaining the textures.

David
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 04:48:45 AM »

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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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 09:18:22 AM »

    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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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2018, 01:56:35 PM »

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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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 03:17:25 PM »

Beautiful work! Thanks for showing these!
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 04:57:01 PM »

asianfire thank you for sharing.  you really made my day and week.  please, continue showing your step-by-step, mary...
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018, 07:28:52 AM »

    Thanks, I never keep track of time either.   

But, you have me intrigued about the sanding now. Are you using sand paper or a charged stick while you walk?
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2018, 12:21:55 AM »

Lovely pieces. The way the trunk turns back on itself is lovely.
I am also intrigued to how your are sanding and what you are using?
Thanks for sharing
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 05:48:38 AM »

I vote for the moonstone!!!    Darn stuff won't cooperate with me but on the other side of the world Kurt is kicking thst moonstone butt!!!   LOL
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 06:13:32 AM »

    Thanks, I never keep track of time either.   

But, you have me intrigued about the sanding now. Are you using sand paper or a charged stick while you walk?

I use regular wet and dry sandpaper as I can't get sticks above a certain grit here easy.

I roll them up to points, and on we go. That's one of the reasons why my edges are never that sharp. I tend to wear them down.
I just recut the folds on both trunks because sanding wore them down too much.
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2018, 07:39:54 AM »

Spectacular.
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2018, 11:02:12 AM »

   thanks for the info.  maybe someday.....
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Re: Elephant experiment, jade update
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2018, 02:35:13 PM »

Great work Kurt you have a good eye for carving something that  just suits the stone well done
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