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auscarver

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Malachite wrasse
« on: October 24, 2016, 03:02:35 AM »

My latest creation in malachite, only on 400 grit, had to share, would like to us cats eye stones for the eyes but it will need to be under 5 hardness as it may be my entry in a carving comp next year.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 04:03:44 AM »

Now that's a carving!!!   Wowser!
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2016, 08:05:55 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!  Please post a picture when you finish it.  How big is that carving?   :occasion14:
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2016, 09:49:05 PM »

How about Ulexite for the eyes.  Cut right will give catseye and definitely below 5 on scale.  Beautiful piece as always.  You and Asianfire always amaze me with your talents.  If you don't have any Ulexite I have some from the Boron, CA U.S. Borax mine I could send.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2016, 08:47:53 PM »

I'm excited to see you working the malichite.   The  concept is exciting.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2016, 09:40:55 PM »

Apatite also can cut eye stones.  It's 5 in hardness.  Don't know where to find chatoyant rough though.  Ulexite sounds like a great choice to me.  Do the eyes have to be carved?  Seed pearls would work if not.

Too bad you're restricted on hardness.  I have some CE alexandrite rough in small pieces that might make great eyes. 
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2016, 07:47:21 AM »

Michael:

I really like the way that you oriented the malachite to fit the fish. Really nice!

Debbie K
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 09:26:31 PM »

Thanks for the great comments, thanks for the offer Irockhound but will look at a few different gems before I make a final decision on the eyes, this material was sent to me by Helene when the old forum was very active, I think its African Congo, its 55 mm long.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2016, 09:30:22 PM »

My little fish is making progress, on 1200 diamond, the eye is chatoyant malachite but its very crystaline, I have cut some bulls eye malachite that I hope will polish well, I could coat the chatoyant ones and polish but no glue coatings are allowed in the section I will enter this in.fishjoin.jpg
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2016, 09:45:55 PM »

I'll bet your wrasse you'll win whatever you decide to do about the eyes.  I think the idea of bulls-eye malachite is perfect.  Great carving.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2017, 11:42:15 PM »

Thanks Gemfella, my little fish finished, the top fin cracked, fluorite section to replace and mother off pearl eyes.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2017, 01:16:29 AM »

Looks perfect Michael, well done.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 05:45:23 AM »

One of these days i will have a comfortable work area to carve.
doing everything on a wash machine with an injured spine isnt fun, its actually very painful.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 06:38:52 AM »

It's beautiful, Michael!  I love the mother of pearl eyes and the fluorite piece in the top fin gives it an interesting contract.  I know you're going to win with this one.  :Worthy:
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 07:16:31 AM »

   Awesome.  I am envious of you folks with artistic talents. Not saying us cabbers do not have talent, but ....
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2017, 08:08:14 AM »

A totally great piece and fantastic save on the crack. One question, is the crossover section connected to each other?
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2017, 05:26:44 PM »

Back in a November post of the fish carving there was a comment regarding no glue coatings allowed in a competition...how is a glue coating used as a finish? That's a new one to this newbie :icon_scratch:
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2017, 11:18:08 AM »

Thanks for the reply,s, the cross over tail section is totally undercut, very challenging in a soft stone, but this piece is quite tough, glue coatings can be used to coat surfaces that have pits, or stone that will not polish to a high finish, both epoxys and supa glue work, Haxtel is one that is used, I have used supa glue on Australian Queensland fairy opal- sandstone opal with great sucess, epoxy works better under vacuum, as it can get into a porus stone.
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Re: Malachite wrasse
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2017, 02:40:14 PM »

Thanks auscarver, I can see why it's not allowed in some competitions!!
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