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Janel

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  1. Try these: Long ago, Natasha wrote about how she treats mammoth tusk. http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/1488-staining-bone/page__view__findpost__p__13174 http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/688-the-first-breath/page__view__findpost__p__6125
  2. I am guessing here not being an antler carver per se, if the antler is older, having had time in the elements and not fresh off the deer, it may already be stable and not crack further. That said, oil applications might change permanently the look of the material. Natasha Popova described a mixture that she uses on the surface of her extraordinary sculptures, somewhere here on the forum. You might use paraffin for a key word search. It did bring up various hits. She briefly describes this on the topic "The First Breath". I will look for a better description for you. One may also use Renaissance Wax which will dry clear and non sticky. It will even out dull and shiny to some degree but will not smooth uneven surfaces.
  3. Good choice for Rhys the blacksmith. Whether or not he needs the help, you will be an integral part of that step with creating the whole piece. Looking forward to seeing more of the project. Janel
  4. Hi Steve, That is quite a lot of good work so far! The beech has a lovely wood grain. Are the different grain layers equally hard and closed cell? Thank you for sharing the update and photos with us. Janel
  5. Hi Andrew, Thank you for the good responses to my question, and then some. I found that tool-making for me occurred when I needed something that I did not have and could not do what I wanted to do without a new sort of edge or bent configuration. Will you do the inlay after the metal work is completed? I do not want to imagine what sorts of grime might be absorbed by the antler at the smithy. I hope that you have had good results on your play-day at the smithy. Are you doing the blacksmithing? I am looking forward to seeing images of this project when you have completed it! Janel
  6. If any members are grateful for the forum being kept available on line, the Admin would appreciate hearing from you regarding financial contributions towards its upkeep. Please PM me here on the forum and we will discuss the how-to of making the donation. Many thanks, Janel
  7. What species of antler is this? Are you into making your own tools yet? There are so many more kinds of small tools that will augment your kit of tools and will make certain carving actions simpler. There are many posts and topics here covering the methods and types of tools that other small scale carvers have used. Janel
  8. Hi Steve, Welcome! I do look forward to images of the sword when you are ready to post them. It is good to read about the local connection and history regarding the beechwood. Janel
  9. Thank you for showing the completed piece. I do admire your patience with attending to the complexities of carving and polishing chain links. The color and luminosity is marvelous against the green jade background. Are you going to launch into a more simple piece next? Janel
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    Another new guy

    Hello Peter, Welcome! Thank you for the introduction and the images. Those are lovely pieces. Yes, please, you may add your web site address. Janel
  11. Hello DarrenK, Thank you for posting the images of what you are doing. What materials are you using, and what is that bright green eye inlay? It is quite a lively material. Janel
  12. Hello, I do not have current knowledge of the price of mammoth tusk. I hope that you will find the information you need. A gentle reminder, this forum is not the place to make sales, so if someone does want to purchase anything please keep the discussion and activity private and not on the forum pages. Best wishes, Janel
  13. What is sugar soap? I think that acetone is the basic ingredient in finger-nail polish remover.
  14. Yay! Phew, I am glad that it worked. Let us know how things progress with the bone preparation. Janel
  15. There are methods for preparing bone in the archives. Using the search function is unwieldy, but with enough patience the best suggestions will form a pattern with the shared information from over the years. You might also try using a Search Engine like google, etc., mentioning The Carving Path, which would target the information in the forum as well. In the archives there are many topics regarding the preparation of bone, and many other informational topics and posts about the selection and use of bones. I found this one that might be helpful: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/topic/3123-bones-that-had-been-cleaned-all-cracked/?tab=comments#comment-25210 One takeaway from it is to not cook the bone, and read about the various degreasing agents. Cooking might tend to force the fats into the bone, in my opinion. Good luck to your investigation, preparation and carving of the bone! Janel
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    Hello!

    Hello Tim, Your first attempt is a very elegant one. Your choice to create an inset for the engraved copper works visually as well as functionally, making a sleek profile that lays flat. Welcome! Janel
  17. Members have been reporting log in problems. The forum Support team is helping me to sort this out. Some software upgrades and the addition of SSL may have been making logging in troublesome. 1) From forum Support: Please ask them to make certain they are using the new URL which contains https like so: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/ and not using a link which their browser has "remembered" which might be the old http link. 2) You may need to use your Display Name as the username when logging in. 3) If you have trouble logging in, please contact me. Let me know what you are using to log in with unsuccessfully. I will work with the forum Support to try to figure this out. Janel
  18. Members have been reporting log in problems. The forum Support team is helping me to sort this out. Some software upgrades and the addition of SSL may have been making logging in troublesome. 1) From forum Support: Please ask them to make certain they are using the new URL which contains https like so: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/ and not using a link which their browser has "remembered" which might be the old http link. 2) You may need to use your Display Name as the username when logging in. 3) If you have trouble logging in, please contact me. Let me know what you are using to log in with unsuccessfully. I will work with the forum Support to try to figure this out. Janel
  19. Thank you for reminding me about this. I did locate the person and eventually received the images for what I believe had been requested. "Here are two images of the pump set up that we've cobbled together. The covington unit above the pump has a drip feed and the water drains out from the side through the large tube & depends on gravity to settle the sludge."
  20. Welcome to The Carving Path. Um maybe except for the teddy bear ... poor thing.
  21. Hi Paul, Thank you! I have a selection of old dental tools, actually acquired the first ones at the St. Paul, MN Science Museum that had been roughly ground into very interesting, useful tools. They were then called amateur archeology tools, as I recall. I gave them attention on my whet and diamond stones, and used them a lot before making other sorts of tools. Never thought of river stones, good idea. Janel
  22. 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.
  23. 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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    Introduction

    Welcome Lyle, It is kind of quiet here these days. It is good to see that you keep busy creatively. Janel
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