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 on: Today at 08:40:47 AM 
Started by Kerrismama - Last post by Kerrismama
Hi guys! I live in Graham, WA; pierce county area. I'm trying to find a local artist who can cab a cool piece of petrified wood for me. I am absolutely dying to make this into a pendant, but I definitely would not be comfortable with trying it myself. I love it too much, I don't want to ruin it. Lol. Also, any suggestions or tips on what I should be looking for in artist would be appreciated. I'm including some pics of it wet and dry. Thanks!

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 on: Today at 06:57:01 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by 55fossil
   As I am always looking at how to take a better photo of domed cabochons...  I found this web page while surfing. The unique gems are beyond comparison. The quality of the photos are exquisite. I try to visualize how they took such great photos to improve mi photography. But the stones are so incredible to look at. Hope some of you enjoy this as well.
PS:  When they throw a "big sign up now" page on the screen, just click the not now and everything is good again to view the photos.    neal

 on: May 21, 2018, 07:22:39 AM 
Started by AlexR - Last post by AlexR
Thank you, Jerry, I always try to do my best.
Yes, I use respirator. Very dusty jobs I try to do outside.


 on: May 21, 2018, 06:58:18 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by hummingbirdstones
That's astounding.  The jade is beautiful, but every time I see that rhodonite of yours, it blows me away.  Can't wait to see the bracelet finished.  It will be gorgeous!

 on: May 21, 2018, 05:04:11 AM 
Started by Craigab - Last post by peruano
Yes you can tighten the arbor too tightly.  Since it turns to prevent unscrewing, often just a bit more than snug is adequate for blade installation. 

 on: May 21, 2018, 04:06:25 AM 
Started by Craigab - Last post by Slabbercabber
That sounds like a bad flange.  Never heard of such a thing but anything can happen.

 on: May 21, 2018, 02:12:16 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by auscarver
Thanks Dave, not something I would have attempted 10 years back, we all learn by our mistakes and I broke a few links before I ended up with one, jade is the preferred gem for this but I dought a rhodonite chain has been carved before ?. 

 on: May 21, 2018, 01:51:23 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by Sapphireminer
Awesome work auscarver I find it tough enough making a chain out of silver but what you are doing thats the next level.

 on: May 21, 2018, 01:23:06 AM 
Started by auscarver - Last post by auscarver
I recently started carving a jade & rhodonite chain, a big learning curve a chain, I think I have my technique down now, I will join them both to make a bracelet for my wife, my idea is to include chains with my carvings all one piece.

 on: May 20, 2018, 05:14:27 PM 
Started by AlexR - Last post by jerrysg

Beautiful work! 

I hope you are wearing a good respirator, have good air flow to protect yourself from the rock dust.  Or are you working them wet. Still need the respirator though.


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