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michael B

Imperial rhodonite chain

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rhchain4.jpg.c9df6454ef61b724a2f55483b5bf4282.jpgMy first chain, jade is the preferred stone for these but my idea was to carve one in a stone that has not been done before, its very hard and fine grain rhodonite, still in progress.

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Hello Michael,

You have succeeded in carving the chain!  Such patience and restraint you have especially as the materials become thinner.  This stone is such a lovely color and appears to be translucent as well.  Thank you for posting the images.

Janel

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Thanks Janel, it is very translucent, a very challenging carving, rhodonite is not as tough as jade and is more prone to fracture, but this piece is the best I have carved, still quite surprised it stayed in one piece, the next stage is sanding and polishing, takes easily as long as the rough carving stage.

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I can understand the time that it takes for sanding and polishing.  One must especially draw upon patience during this stage to achieve the final, flawless gleam.  

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