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Case knife with Jade :D
« on: August 20, 2014, 08:40:44 PM »

YAY!!!!  I'm going to be the first person to make a post in this section!   :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

Last month I visited one of my mentors, Michael Hoover.  He instructed me for 6 hours and taught me how to make my first knife scales with BC Boulder Creek Nephrite Jade.  I am amazed at his perfectionism.  He made a knife too and after showing me what to do with his knife, he paced patiently until I could get the same results with mine.  Lot's of steps!  I'm so happy with this though and the knowledge he gave is priceless!!!  :hello2: :hello2:





Thanks for taking some of your time to look at some of mine!!!
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2014, 08:47:30 PM »

Absolutely stunning :blob1:
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2014, 09:07:01 PM »

Really beautiful jade knife. :headbang: Great job on the polish. Jade can be a bear to polish. How did you get the high polish on the jade? Eric.
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 09:46:58 PM »

I hope that's going in a  display case Krystee because it's amazing and deserves a nice protected spot!   :wav:
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 10:30:59 PM »

Really beautiful jade knife. :headbang: Great job on the polish. Jade can be a bear to polish. How did you get the high polish on the jade? Eric.

Nova wheel 14000.  Wet to dry!!!  The strangest technique I have ever been taught but it works in literally a split second!  Adjust the water so that only half of the wheel is wet.  Start on the wet side and quickly pull to the dry side.  And...... I mean SUPER quick with pressure!!!  I couldn't believe that it polished to a glass finish in less than a minute if I didn't see it and do it with my own eyes and hands!!! 

Here is a link to the basics that Michael taught me.  Granted, I had a few new pointers and tricks that he picked up since he originally posted this, but this is his public tutorial!

http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/content/knife-related-projects-tutorials/mike-hoovers-art-in-stone-the-basics/

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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2014, 10:36:54 PM »

AND.........  Michael just got back to me!  I asked him whether it was ok to talk about his secrets and he said "Yes!  I have a jade polishing article on Ebay!"

Here it is!!!!!

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Jade-How-to-cut-and-polish-Jade-/10000000178583902/g.html
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 07:01:55 AM »

Because there is some good Jade info posted here I'm going to pin this topic.  Don't want good Jade cutting information to disappear into the archives!
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2014, 10:08:20 AM »

Man, that knife just glows!  Thanks for linking Michael's tutorial, that is a very cool thing.
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2014, 10:11:31 AM »

Looks awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2014, 11:28:24 AM »

Somebody beat me to the comment, but I'm gonna repeat just because it deserves it!   That is STUNNING!!!!    And wow, thanks so much for including links on the polish, I can't wait to get into reading it.    :icon_sunny:
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2014, 07:58:15 PM »

Really beautiful jade knife. :headbang: Great job on the polish. Jade can be a bear to polish. How did you get the high polish on the jade? Eric.

Nova wheel 14000.  Wet to dry!!!  The strangest technique I have ever been taught but it works in literally a split second!  Adjust the water so that only half of the wheel is wet.  Start on the wet side and quickly pull to the dry side.  And...... I mean SUPER quick with pressure!!!  I couldn't believe that it polished to a glass finish in less than a minute if I didn't see it and do it with my own eyes and hands!!! 

Here is a link to the basics that Michael taught me.  Granted, I had a few new pointers and tricks that he picked up since he originally posted this, but this is his public tutorial!

http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/content/knife-related-projects-tutorials/mike-hoovers-art-in-stone-the-basics/

Thanks to you and Michael about the jade polishing technique. :thumbsup: Once again, super knife. Thanks to Amanda for pining it too. Eric.
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2014, 08:57:30 PM »


Thanks to you and Michael about the jade polishing technique. :thumbsup: Once again, super knife. Thanks to Amanda for pining it too. Eric.

You're welcome.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2014, 10:56:48 PM »

   Thanks for showing this off. That's a real keep sake. Something to be really proud of. Good for you. You have talent.
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Re: Case knife with Jade :D
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2014, 06:01:02 AM »

 I tried to get folks on the old forum to try the dry diamond technique but I doubt anyone did . For Washington jade you often have to go much coarser. I have to start with the wet to dry with 600 grit and take it through 3000 before finishing with 14,000 wet. I wet the wheel with the bubbler then turn the bubbler on it's side to keep more water off the wheel then sand until the diamond is dry . A one second spritz of the wheel with the bubbler wets the wheel enough for another sanding session. this also works on some other undercutting stones.
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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2014, 08:35:54 AM »

Some really good info here. I am sure it will help with my polishing.

lithicbeads, Frank, what type of wheel are you using for the dry technique? I do not have much in the line of wheels so as I purchase them (probably one at a time) I want to be sure to get what I need for that process. All I have right now is carbide (or whatever the cheap ones are called), one 100 and one 3000 diamond soft Nova wheels.

Several people have been extremely helpful in building up a good supply of jade so I really need to up my ability to polish it. I have no problem with the rings but flats and domes drive me crazy crazier.
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