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Debbie K

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  1. Elf ,mother Earth , Jade ,silver , Agate

    Dante: Great to see you back on the forum! Beautiful piece, I think it was worth all the effort. Is that BC, California, or Guatemalan jade? This is much bigger than most of your work; of course it's going to take alot longer to carve that much jade. A friend of mine was looking forward to meeting you in Tuscon last year; you weren't there, I don't know if it was just for the day. Hopefully, you get to come this year. Hope you and yours are doing well. Debbie K
  2. Love (Tea) Spoon

    Beautiful spoon. Love the bolt through the leaf and the intersect into the spoon. The leaf looks so thin, yet I know it isn't. Good carving, good design,good finish, good presentation: what else could anyone want? Debbie K
  3. New Work

    Micahel: They're solid glass beads on top of glass enamel. I cheated and used epoxy. The glass beads are able to be fused to the glass enamel, but my high temp solder (IT, for anyone who's interested) had already begun to separate from the bezel and the back, and I didn't dare fire it again. I couldn't fuse them before I put the piece together, as heating the piece even enough to get EZ solder to flow is enough to melt the enamel. Enameling always poses all kinds of construction issues: I usually find a way to do it mechanically, but I was assured that the IT solder was sufficiently strong to stand many firings. It failed after the fourth firing. You live and learn, I just wish I'd learn enough to not run into all these problems. I've had enough learning experiences lately! Debbie
  4. New Work

    Thanks, you guys! Thanks especially to you, Michael, I still haven't gotten the nerve up to tackle that piece of pyroxmangite. It's such a good piece it deserves something really special. I had trouble riveting that first one together, it had to be done from the front. I'm not very good at the jewelry end of things, so I didn't know about centering drills and how you use them to keep the drill bit from "drifting" when it tries to follow the angle of the metal. Live and learn. Those citrines drove me crazy; I know next to nothing about stone setting but this piece made me get a little better. I didn't crack a single one (yeah!). Debbie
  5. New Work

    Hello everybody! It's been a while since I've posted any new work, mostly because I've been too lazy to take any photos. I'm only posting a few a time as to not overwhelm you guys. This piece is tongua nut in sterling silver with tourmaline crystals, citrines, turquoise, peridots and garnets. I've had this piece in a box in pieces for a couple of years and finally got the nerve to try to put it together. The construction leaves something to be desired, but I like the design. Michael, do you recognize the rhodonite? The pendant is sterling silver, enamel, glass and rhodonite. Isn't it amazing how the profile was there in the stone? I just followed the rock where it wanted to go on both of the pieces. I'll put up a few more tomorrow. Debbie K
  6. Jade Laukolu

    Tom, Beautiful work. The jade piece is extremely well done, I especially like the choice of finish. Sorry to hear about the bone piece. It happens to all of us, mostly it happens to me in the last stage of finish. The wheel grabs it out of my tired hands and flings it across the room onto the tile floor where the preditable happens. I've learned to wait til the next day after my hands have recovered. Your work is really good. I look forward to seeing more in the future. Debbie K
  7. Bumble Bee Jasper

    Wow, Michael! I've never seen a natural stone that yellow! Amazing color and beautiful cab. Did you know that yellow jasper used to be reserved for royalty, as it is so rare? I've been absent from this website for a few months, but have lots of new work. As soon as I take pictures I will post, one is your rhodochrosite. Hope you and yours are doing well and glad to hear that your business is doing so well. Debbie K
  8. Lizard Netsuke

    I like your lizard very much, but might have liked him better with a lighter stain. I would be pretty happy with myself if I carved him, you should be, too! The only other thing that bothers me a little are his hands and claws. They're not carved with the same sensitivity and attention to detail that the rest was, but I know you were somewhat constrained by the size and material, this is a really small piece. All in all, really well done. Debbie K
  9. A Large Carved Drinking Horn

    Thomas: Gorgeous work. I also enjoyed looking at your website. Hope you like it here, I look forward to seeing more of your work. Debbie K
  10. 600 Mesh Sintered Diamond Burrs?

    James: I'm hoping that Daniel will chime in on this subject, because I feel sure that he knows of some products that I don't know about. I've been working on some pieces that are larger, and out of necessity have been making larger bits myself. I'm primarily using brass or wood with oil and diamond powder. It is possible to charge felt and bristle wheels for smoothing purposes also. I'm currently working on a piece of lavender turkish jade about 3.5" x 2" that is concave, and the wood, oil and diamond has been working well for me. I'm working on a slightly smaller piece of chalcedony at the same time (MUCH harder than the jade), it's slow, but it works. I used grinding stones to do the initial carving out, and got the bumps out with wood, oil and 200 grit diamond. I'm still working with the 600 grit right now, hope to move up to 1200 today. I think I know who you are James. Didn't you have a really beautiful piece of shrinkwood on Etsy? And don't you make the really neat water cooling spray system that's inexpensive? (My friend has one) Craft stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby sell hardwood balls, wheels and misc shapes of turned wood for not too much money (I don't have a lathe, or I'd make them myself). If you like, I'll try to post a picture (if I can remember how!) of my set-up, I've built a point carver/grinder/polisher out of an old arbor. I couldn't find any pictures on the internet of the cameo lathe bits that you're talking about, if you can, post a link. Debbie K
  11. Aussie Chrysoprase Spiral

    Just noticed that the link didn't work, cut and paste this in your browser: www.jewelryartistmagazine.com/feature/polishing_gemstones.cfm Debbie
  12. Aussie Chrysoprase Spiral

    Michael: I don't generally try to get a glass type finish on my carvings, as most of them are faces. But you may find this article of interest, particulary the part that refers to the flow theory. My link The faceters I know have long had problems with stones chipping when doing the final stages of polishing with diamond, this article explains why this might be happening. I have experienced similar problems with micro-cracking in softer stones like opal and apatite, and my understanding is that the softer compounds alleviate this to a certain degree. Nice carving, and I hope this helps. Debbie K
  13. Kenneth Says Hello

    Kenneth: Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! So glad I checked the forum today,I haven't been here much lately. Glad to hear that you are back to carving and hope that to see (somewhere) what you've been up to. Take care of yourself and please keep checking in occasionally. God bless you, too. Debbie K
  14. Aussie Chrysoprase Arrow Head

    Beautiful, Michael. I got lucky and got some old stock at a gem & mineral show a few years ago, not pieces that large but not too badly included with good color. This is one of my favorite stones. Every once in a while I see some come up on Ebay and get tempted, but not tempted enough. I like to see what I'm buying.
  15. Aussie Jade Fish Hook Carving

    DW The tungsten carbide has a hardness of approximately 8, the jade is usually around 7, give or take .5. So it's harder than the jade. You can use it to refine tiny details. For example, I carve lots of faces and some of them are as small as 1/2 inch. The circular diamond bits can only do so much, sometimes you need to sharpen lines and do a little undercutting. The tungsten carbide and diamond scribes enable you to do this. You are basically scratching a line and then deepening it, it takes a long time but the only alternative to them is to use dress-maker pins, oil and diamond powder. The pins tend to flex (bend) and you don't have very good control over them in a rotary tool. I've also used razor blades (or exacto knife blades) with the diamond powder and oil. I wouldn't try the tungsten carbide on any transparent stone, unless it was really soft. Too much danger of cracking. But the jades and jaspers and some agates are pretty tough, and I wouldn't worry about trying them. I've personally only used it on jade and agate. I'll try anything once. I've tried polishing with unorthodox things, such as Zam and tripoli. They really work on some stones, just as the rubberized polishing points do. I've used sandpaper, emery boards, etc. Each rock is a different challenge. Hope this answers your question and we'll get back to Michael's really nice carving. Debbie K
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