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    Tamworth, Australia
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    Cyclonic tide

    Thanks Jim, yes the curve is what inspired me to carve this shape, based on a nautilus but with my own twist on the opposite side, I carved a series of cut steps through the potch to reveal the opal.
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    Cyclonic tide

    A Little shell I carved from Lightning Ridge opal, it was my entry in the International opal awards in lightning Ridge last weekend.
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    Little Wrasse

    This little fish has been very challenging, I prefer to carve hard stones but this is for a soft stone carving comp, I replaced a section of the fin with fluorite as it cracked along a botroidal join, very challenging to get the fit 100%, my first try at this and very happy with the outcome, mother of pearl eyes.
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    Boxwood Tooth

    Ed, great shine and smoothing, my property in Australia has heaps of Aussie grey box, a type of dense heavy gum, has some great pattern, would you give me some tips on the basic tools I need to start carving this, pendant pieces, as you know I only carve stone and would like to give it a go. Cheers Michael B
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    Aussie Blue Green

    Thanks Ken & Ed, I hand sand & polish all my local nephrite jade, no rotary tool will give the same finish, some jades are bad for polishing, better to finish them on 1200 carbide paper dry, I have my procedure working good on my local jade, other locations still try my patience, this one was smoothed on diamond and polished on linde A, - alumina A, I may try to cave wood one day, my property here in Australia has heaps of timber, all native gum, box, red gum, have seen some awesome pattern in our white box, hard and heavy.
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    Aussie Blue Green

    Its been quite a while since I have posted here, better late than never, my latest carving in Australian nephrite jade, some say it looks like the star trek badge.
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    Now the correct picture
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    I have been working on this little jade fish for the last 3 weeks, getting close to finish, its Aussie nephrite jade, the black eyes are Western AU ferro actinolite, 50 mm long, the eyes are set into the green jade.
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    Lines Of Fire

    Thanks Ed, I like your dragonfly's, my wife Margie likes the white one, you are very versatile with your carving, may one day try a wood carving, only ever carved gemstone.
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    Lines Of Fire

    Thanks Ed, this was my entry in the abstract carving in the Recent Lightning Ridge opal awards, did very well in 2013 but did not place this year, me and my wife also made this little owl and I cut the stones in this dragonfly a joint entry with a jewelry designer in Singapore, Kevin.
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    Lines Of Fire

    Its been quite a while since I have posted here, just wanted to share my latest work in Coober Pedy opal, quite a challenging carving in opal.
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    New Year Star

    This is a design I have been pondering for a while, the stone is pyroxmangite, altered rhodonite, quite tough stone great to carve very similar to carving jadeite, may alter the design slightly, give those cross overs some more radius curves, sanding on 220 grit.
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    My Jade Dagger

    Many thanks Danny, its only small 170 mm long, currently making a much larger one in South Australian black nephrite jade, may change the design in the handle. Michael
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    My Jade Dagger

    Been quite a while since I have posted here, this is my entry in the Jade symposium, first dagger I have carved, this is Aussie nephrite jade, huge time spent carving this piece, I could have purchased jade from any location but carving the jade in my region gives me even more pleasure, some incredible artists in this exhibition having my work shown is a privilege.
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    Aceton In Vacuum

    Stephan, I do use a vacuum sometimes to seal cracks in gems, this method is used on precious black and crystal opal at times, and I use a 50% mix of acetone and epoxy 330, this little fluorite mobius had a small crack in the string end, I was able to remove around 90% of it, I don,t use to seal a gem only on cracks in areas that may break during the carving process, I prefer not to do this but sometimes a great piece of rough can be even better if the crack is sealed by glue, the glue takes longer to harden, takes around 7 days for the glue to harden as the acetone evaporates.