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michael B

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  1. Thanks Janel, yes I think I will move on from chains, they look great when finished but they are so labor intensive, I still need to attach a cord or chain, may do a custom plated cord either in black or red.
  2. Yes Janel, the final polishing stages can be demanding and this chain is very difficult getting at all those little tricky spots, finally finished.
  3. 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.
  4. My 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.
  5. Thanks Jim, yes the curve is what inspired me to carve this shape, based on a nautilus but with my own twist on the opposite side, I carved a series of cut steps through the potch to reveal the opal.
  6. A Little shell I carved from Lightning Ridge opal, it was my entry in the International opal awards in lightning Ridge last weekend.
  7. This little fish has been very challenging, I prefer to carve hard stones but this is for a soft stone carving comp, I replaced a section of the fin with fluorite as it cracked along a botroidal join, very challenging to get the fit 100%, my first try at this and very happy with the outcome, mother of pearl eyes.
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