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Debbie K

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  1. I haven't posted in a long time, and recently replied to a person who had asked a stone-carving question and Janel said she was curious about what I'd been up to lately. This one is several years old, but it's the last complicated piece I did. It's a carved citrine face, carved tiger eye "blade" and has peridots, rutilated quartz, sapphires and tourmalines. The head detaches from the dagger and is a pendant. I think the stand for it took almost as long as the other part; I cast the silver and rolled the square wires and it took a while to get everything to fit properly. So this is fo
  2. John: I looked at the pantograph that you referenced but don't quite see how it will address the 3-D issue that a carving presents; a low relief, yes, but not a high relief or in-the-round one. I made a 3-D duplicator years ago using drawer slides (good ones) and a foredom. It took so long to carve with it that I never used it but for roughing in a few, I found it faster just to carve. Let us know how it works for you; I'm interested. Debbie K
  3. John: I have used the silver marks-a-lot, but mostly the white grease pencil I mentioned above on darker stones. Also, pencil marks show up pretty well on black stones; the lines shine. The one thing good about carving stone is that you get to make your mistakes very slowly. Sounds funny, but it's true. In wood, it's far easier to overcut. Since you know how to carve wood already, you're going to do just fine. Regarding where to start, I always go from large to small, so I'd start at the outside and then work down to the smaller areas. Odsidian cuts like butter (in the stone wo
  4. John: I used to be a pretty active member of this forum, but haven't been on for years. I carve gemstones and have for many years. This is what I do: http://dlskdesigns.com/ Always use a tool with a flexible shaft and water. You always carve stone with water or oil to keep down the dust, as it causes silicosis. I have found that I end up doing much of the work by hand. I use diamond files and then razor blades with diamond powder (bort) of various grades with oil to smooth out the diamond bur marks, along with popsicle sticks, toothpicks, etc. I also make brass burs to use with the
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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 bette
  9. 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 rhodoni
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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 a
  15. Just noticed that the link didn't work, cut and paste this in your browser: www.jewelryartistmagazine.com/feature/polishing_gemstones.cfm Debbie
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