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About Hans Meevis

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  • Birthday 09/08/1955

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    Dusseldorf, Germany
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    Carving, Jewellery Making, Gemmology, Painting in oils, Birdwatching, Gem cutting, Formula One racing, Moto GP racing Myrmecology, Paleoanthropology, Rocketry.

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  1. Hans Meevis

    Antikythera, The Mother Dragon.

    Thank Janel. Also, I hope you have a great 2015!
  2. I haven't posted here for quite some time, because I have been doing more fabrication work rather than carving. This one included quite a bit of carving, wax and directly into metal. About three months of work. I still have to make a ring for the jewel holder that her baby dragons are holding up. Set with garnets and made out of silver Her neck was carved out of wax and then sand cast. Her tail has 32 garnets first set into silver tubes and the set into her tail.
  3. Hans Meevis


    I'v said it before and I'll say it again. Your work is utterly inspiring, like a good song, I can look and listen to it for ever.
  4. Hans Meevis

    Some of my work

    Totally love the handle.
  5. Hans Meevis

    Damascus And Ebony

    Very good.--- Sorry, that was a mistake... very, very, very good !!
  6. Hans Meevis

    Dragons Breath

    This is my third steam engine made from red jasper, lapis lazuli,onyx, clear quartz,amethyst, budstone, sugalite, sapphire, emerald garnet, silver and gold. In the center of the flywheel,is a cinnamon sapphire that I faceted. I put a bit of symbolism in it, with mommy and daddy dragons and child dragons and the baby dragon carved out of a laminate of red jasper and lapis lazuli and silver. The air or steam runs through the two dragons and the powers the motor. Closeup of the quartz cylinder. On top is a faceted quartz and amethyst laminate with a loose gold ball inside. The crankshaft is a laminate of budstone ( a quartz chalcedony) and sugalite and silver. The con rod is also a carved dragon head. This is the top view showing the little god ball in the hollow faceted gemstone. The main engine post id made of a laminate of onyx, sugalite, red jasper and onyx. Side view showing the steam intake.The emeralds are set into little screws. The under side with my makers stamp. The base is made out of a silver plate that was first carved into a pattern. Then I was gilded with gold foil. Then the top of the gold foil was sanded off, exposing the silver. The liver of sulphur was applied to blacken the silver. When the right degree of blackening was reached, it was stabilized. Looks like dragon skin to me. I mounted it on a blood red piece of stained glass. Then I made a display case out of glass and brass. I have a video of Dragon's Breath running here Cheers, Hans
  7. Hans Meevis

    My New Animal Carvings (Dmitrygor)

    Dude, you are in another wolrd.. ...Stunning work. Really, really inspiring.
  8. Hans Meevis

    Gem Steam Machine

    Thanks Janel. I made a sort of new years resolution to really push myself in making or trying to make things that I am not sure will be successful. When I look at this site and the artists like yourself, Natasha, Cornel, and many others, I am completely inspired. Even though my discipline is not Netsuke per se, I understand the discipline behind it and those brilliant pictures that are posted on this site are a continual source of "Hans,stop moaning, and get on with it" thing. Cheers, Hans
  9. Hans Meevis

    Gem Steam Machine

    Here is the latest project that I have finished. Although it does not strictly comply with carving in the pure sense, I did do quite a lot of stone carving, along with machining,faceting and metal work on this machine.. But you know, here there be some astoundingly brilliant carvers and with much respect, I walk very lightly here. This is what is known in steam machine circles as an oscillating steam machine. Or in common parlance, a wobbler. Base and cross support is made out of Nephrite jade from Canada. The cylinder ( the clear part) is made out of Brazilian quartz. The top is closed with Australian chryoprase and Zimbabwean aquamarine.The piston (purple) is made out of South African sugalite from the western Cape and the conrod and upright supports (red) are made out of Red jasper from Pilgrims rest in the Eastern Transvaal, SA. ( that’s where I found the raw material) The front upright is also made from Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. ( That is where the air or steam runs through.) The flywheel (black) is made out of black Chalcedony, and the two shafts from Smoky quartz and Rose quartz from Namibia. The crank (purple) is made out of a lamination of Sugalite and Chrysoprase. Here is another view, showing the other side with the cut and carved rods and washers. At the bottom left is the inlet pipe and the top silver pipe is the outlet, like a steam engine would have. Anyway, I have no idea if one can insert a video in this post, but I have a you tube channel called gemhund ( figures, doesn't it?) and the video of it actually running is at http://youtu.be/HhAkS0vWsEo Cheers, Hans
  10. Hans Meevis

    Carved Citrine And Ring

    Thanks Janel, and indeed there are two metals, white and yellow gold. To explain, there is a faceted cut called the 'opposed bar cut' which gives a nice 'pixillated' effect, which I have cut on many occasions.. I decided to try carving this design and see if the pixilation could be mimicked with the attendant softness that carving a gemstone gives, as opposed to the rigid flatness of faceted gemstones. Unfortunately, as in many of my gemstone carvings, it did not look good the way I envisaged it. But it looked much better upside down.... Soooo, I decided to try design a ring that uses the citrine upside down. This was quite difficult.( for me, anyway.) I actually made three attempts before I was semi happy. The setting in the 'half moon' bars on the side of the ring proved to be quite tricky, because the citrine had to be set first, ( by squeezing the bars inwards, thus locking the citrine into place),then 18 diamonds were set on the top of the bars and then the sandawana emeralds and diamonds were set into the sides.(32 stones in all.) This took me a long time under a microscope. Also, I could not drill through the half moon bars, because then there would be holes and they would be visible when one looks down on the ring. I left the shank and shoulders relatively plain, because the setting bars and citrine are already a bit noisy. It weighs 21 grams and looks nice on the hand and it looks like it's pre sold.....here's hoping:) This is what it looks like the right way around. A bit like a bicycle helmet, me thinks. This piece is also a bit symbolic to me because it is the last piece I have made in my Caribbean workshop. I am closing my shop/workshop and moving it to Europe, probably Germany this week. Exciting times lie ahead.
  11. Hans Meevis

    Carved Citrine And Ring

    I carved this rough citrine into this one. I found that it looked better upside down and so I carved a ring out of wax Like this, and I cast is into 18ct gold. But I didn't like it at all when it was finished.Never mind setting any stones into it. So I then made another ring which I like much more. This was a very difficult design for me.
  12. Just shape them with the standard Mizzy wheels then to diamond and then to diamond polishing. Nothing big deal. The Amethyst was for a engagement wedding set. The Aqua is just plain good material from Nigeria. Can't really do wrong with it. Here a picture of the finished set,which I completed today. Not strictly carved,more like filed and soldered so I hope it is okay to post.....
  13. I haven't posted for a while, but I didn't stop carving. This one is 7.5 cts for a engagement ring being made next week. Brazilian material. This one is 5.5 cts for a wax carved ring in three weeks time. Nigerian material, untreated.
  14. Hans Meevis

    Fighting Bantams

    Natasha, your work, ALL your work, is a complete inspiration for me. It is like a beautiful song that I can listen to over and over.
  15. Hans Meevis

    Not all carving but.....

    Dude, you are in another dimension, both in talent and skill.