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Elephant experiment, jade
« 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.

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