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southerly

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Unicorn - unicorn now added
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:29:57 PM »

This is one of 'those' projects where I started, got stuck and had on the desk for a couple of years as I worked out how to attack it. It is one of a few projects I have finished up lately, they are far from perfect but it was nice to finish with something. This is a Christmas present for my daughter, she is twenty but loves whimsical things. The stone is pancawarna jasper from Indonesia, it is a mixture of mud, copper, opal and hard chalcedony with a range of hardnesses to match. Size is roughly 3.5in x 2.5in. Not yet a unicorn, will post pictures of that after Christmas.

Original slab


Marked up and ready to start


In progress


Finished, all but the white jadeite horn, the eye in black nephrite from Cowell, South Australia and about 1.1mm across.


Now with horn.

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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 10:47:13 PM »

Nice. :icon_thumleft:
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 06:54:29 AM »

I envy you your carving ability.  It's looking good and will be awesome once you have the horn on there!  Looking forward to seeing it finished.   :icon_sunny:
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2016, 07:20:23 AM »

That's really good and anatomically correct, I am so wanting one!!!
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2016, 06:43:46 PM »

That is awesome!
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 04:13:06 AM »

Great work! The highlight on the face works really well. What did you use for the eye, out of interest?
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2017, 01:23:49 AM »

Black nephrite jade from Cowell in South Australia, it is a tiny cab about 2mm in diameter, which was an interesting challenge to cut.

David
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 05:37:52 PM »

Wonderful work on the layout of the piece on the original slab. 
Question: what are the tools of choice for carving
#1 the veining of the mane.
#2 carving down the negative space all around the image, the background. :icon_scratch:
Thanks.
John
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2017, 02:55:41 AM »

Hi John,

For the mane I use tiny disc burs, I have some smaller ones now and can do more detailed work than this piece (see the fishing fly) however I still need to sort out the sanding and polishing without loosing the detail, more to learn, yipee.

For the outline I use large squat cylinders and use it as if it was a router bit to cut out the rock around the raised parts.

I may post a pic of the bits in the morning.

David
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2017, 07:27:30 AM »

Thanks David, your description makes good sense, I can see what you are talking about. Then there's the part about new learning...I second the YIPEE!!
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Re: Unicorn
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2017, 11:21:13 AM »

Great design and skill shown in this carving David, great outcome with the fine detail, thats the challenging part.
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2017, 01:27:10 PM »

Now with horn.

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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2017, 04:36:47 PM »

   Awesome, you picked a perfect stone to pull that off.
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2017, 04:39:14 PM »

Wow, that's awesome.  Only 1 question (don't hate me) -- aren't unicorn horns spiral? 
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2017, 11:30:13 PM »

Wow, that's awesome.  Only 1 question (don't hate me) -- aren't unicorn horns spiral?

Not this one, though I did thing of that. Next time.
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2017, 09:46:01 AM »

I know someone that would love that piece. She LOVES unicorns. Any unicorn lover would love that piece.
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2017, 02:08:02 AM »

Wow, that's awesome.  Only 1 question (don't hate me) -- aren't unicorn horns spiral?

Depends on the subspecies: Monokeros spiralatiformis has twisted (spiral) horns whereas latiformis is just plain, like the last one I saw!  :WEEEE:
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2017, 03:38:21 AM »

A friend said I was deluding myself, I almost fell off my unicorn!
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2017, 04:00:50 PM »

Never saw that one. What a superb piece and stunning use of material.
Still got a few pieces from Daniel, just would wish he where around more often.
He had the best Pawancawara. Things offered these days are not as interesting.
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Re: Unicorn - unicorn now added
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2017, 04:16:12 PM »

James Thurber's unicorn had a spiral horn according to the illustration in my favorite Thurber story:

 http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/unicorn1.html
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