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Jason Tweedie

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About Jason Tweedie

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  • Birthday 09/27/1969

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    Brisbane, Australia
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    Sculpture, nature, music, traditional culture, bushwalking, photograpy

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  1. Your comments are appreciated Debbie. I agree not all sharp things are dangerous! The little fish is the toggle to this pendant. Cheers, Jason
  2. Cheers Michael...I will send you an email. Jason
  3. Thanks Janel and Billy, the fangs are Chinese Bowenite that have been carved to fit.
  4. Very organic form Janel...excellent!
  5. Hi all, about time I posted something too...it has been a bit quiet on TCP lately. Cheers Jason
  6. Welcome Michael....well cut twists...that green Nephrite looks gemmy! Jason
  7. Hi Russ and Tom, the best way to make sure you sand all areas of a translucent stone is to cover it with black permanent marker, let this dry then begin sanding...you will soon see the areas that need work as the pen goes into all the 'nooks and crannies' don't stop until all the black is gone! Cheers, Jason
  8. Hi Kenneth, Just thought I would keep you in the loop. ... but there is a phenomena happening, where the world is joining Facebook, lots of artists of all types and many from this site are posting their work and chatting. See Brian Matheson's post in the Events/2011 Jade Symposium. This will keep you busy all day....and maybe night! Cheers, Jason
  9. Janel, you have a fine touch with wood. I like the way the ears sit on rabbits back and the grain orientation in that piece. Jason
  10. Hi Quinn, Danny looks like he has worked out a way to get a good full polish on his stones using the diamond powders/pastes and he has polished a lot more stones than me...I'm sure there are several solutions. I will try his way with the wooden drums and a bristle brush at some stage. It's basically about a process of sanding, going through the range of grits 400 - 3000 removing all the scratches from the previous grit (clean up the piece and tools after each grit) until a molecular change occurs where the scratches are so fine you can't see them with the naked eye. Easier said than done he says!! Yep that's right, this is a patience game where skipping ahead won't work what ever method is used. If you think you have all the scratches out at 3000 diamond you could then try going to 2000 then 3000 grit silicone carbide sandpaper wrapped around rubber drums or sticks, dowels etc to get a pre-polish. Do this process dry and you will soon have a good shine. (Using a quality face-mask and dust extractor of course as the fine particles from dry sanding are toxic). Water can be used at this stage too. I don't often like things too reflective and polished, but to get a full-polish I use: 1. Diamond grinding wheel, burrs and point carver for shaping 2. Silicone carbide rubbings sticks to refine shape 3. 3M diamond cloth 400, 600, 1200 with water (sanding in multiple directions) and sometimes diamond paste and hardwood sticks in hard to get places 4. Silicone Carbide (wet and dry) Sandpaper 800, 1200, 2000, 3000 (sanding in multiple directions, wet then dry for the 800, 1200 and just dry at 2000 and 3000 for a pre-polish) 5 Tin Oxide and water slurry on soft leather around drums, with heat and pressure (like Kenneth's but no diamond) when it pulls on the piece it's polished! Just keep moving in all directions until it pulls on all surfaces. The work area and piece must be spotless for this process. This is probably the old-school way, but seems to work on a lot of different materials. Even though I have tried a lot of the expensive diamond technologies out there, I find I often come back to a simple piece of sandpaper in my hand. Each stone is a different beast...I have never tried for a full polish on obsidian, but the 3000 grit sandpaper certainly gets it very close. As I have heard said here before some stones just don't want to polish at all or have too many inclusions (hard and soft areas) so we just have to stop and be satisfied at the stage we think the stone looks it's best. We all also have our rejects pile!! Good luck in your stone sanding meditations. Jason
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    Welcome Back!

    Hi Janel, I wondered what was going on when I tried to get to TCP today, kept coming up with Gator Host login page? I finally got around it by doing a new google search on TCP then clicked on one of the results, this got me back into the forum. This may help others who have the same issue. Jason.
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    Maha, use a little piece of Blue Tac to hold the inlay, and to remove it if it gets stuck....it's very useful stuff. Jason
  13. Hey Rhys, maybe Sharon knows where he is. Jas
  14. Hey Billy, No one has commented on the great piece you have created here....the first thing I thought was dagger handle, I can see it with a nice quality Pounamu blade. Cheers, Jas
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    Kia Ora

    Kia Ora Rhys, Welcome mate...at long last you have done it...Jamie and Andy should be here too!! Bad news about Christchurch....Do you think our Exhibition will go ahead in September? Luv that Tiki!!! Cheers, Jas
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