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    Artist's Oil Paint As Color On Boxwood

    I would just like to add: Possibly do several layers of thinned paint? This would help build up the opacity to some degree and may help the colour to stay strong.
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    Caramel Colouring.

    Hi Rod. I will be posting a full tutorial on the colouring in a couple of days here. How to make it and before and after shots with various materials. I think if you were to just dip a carving in for a few minutes while the finished dye is hot, you could get different shades. I did a before and after shot with Bone, Elephant Ivory (Antique of course) and Antler. Regards,
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    You can also see Doug Sanders also using the same technique: http://www.followingtheironbrush.org/viewtopic.php?t=1980
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    Here is an example of the rod method. http://ameblo.jp/rokusho-dou/image-11131680198-11726572289.html By the way, I was also in love with your whale tooth! This honours the tooth, the lovely carving What the artist has done is carve a long rectangle rod and then using a small drill, he has drilled a hole down the center and glued in another rod that matches the hole perfectly. I am sure he matched the dark rod with the drill bit, so that it fits snugly. As well, the glue will fill in the gaps. In this instance, he has chosen to cut off the eye and inlay it, but it seems that most of the netsuke artists put the rod rather deeply into the carving and then dome it. This is done basically by taking your rod material (Either a solid rod, or a rod built of rods within rods ) and then inserting it into the socket you made. One of the advantages to this as opposed to simply putting a small eye in with glue that has a flat bottom, is that the rod will be unable to fall out. Since the rod is fairly deep into the carving, it would have to be drilled out before it falls out.
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    Heya. One of the ways to do it is to build your eye as a rod, make a space for it in the carving, insert the rod and then gently cut off the top and dome it carefully over. I always put a drop of super glue into the socket to hold it. Then polish the top of the eye dome
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    Caramel Colouring.

    They have eyes now! Using the traditional rod inlay method, which was difficult because the eyes are so tiny... About 1/3 the size of a grain of rice :S
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    Caramel Colouring.

    The carving has no smell Even the caramel colouring (The finished colouring) has almost no smell. Perhaps a small, slightly cherry smell if you smell quite close to the cooking solution. The caramel colouring seems to stick very well. After the item cooled and I washed the excess off, almost none of the colouring came off in warm water and soap. I am going to try it on some wood today as I am quite curious. -Bri
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    Caramel Colouring.

    In making my first netsuke, I had to come up with a colourant to use. My budget was essentially nil, so I had to use things laying about the house. The material I was working with was beef bone. The piece only has to have it's eyes inlaid and one more paw left to do I first tried super-concentrated tea, but I was not quite in love with the colour... ***A note about preparing the bone: I boiled the bone to degrease it several times, with water, washing liquid and bleach. When I had the final carving, I soaked it in 100% acetone (Not the finger-nail polish remover you get at the store, the one that comes with lanolin in it) for a 8 hours to get any additional fat out. I then took it out and let the acetone evaporate. Before putting the carving in the colourant, I rubbed it for a minute with household cleaning vinegar.*** Then I remembered how to burn sugar, namely to make caramel colour. Caramel colour is made by essentially burning sugar. One of the main advantages of caramel colour is that it is (According to my research) extremely light-fast (Won't fade in sunlight) and cheap to make. I 100% recommend that you make this colourant outside! It creates a lot of horrible smelling smoke so you have been warned. Or make this in a place that someone else won't get made at you for the horrid smell. I used a large cup of sugar (I used raw cane sugar but I don't think it matters) and around 3.5 cups water. I then boiled these in a saucepan and reduced the heat. Once the syrup thickened, I then turned the gas burner on high heat until it started smoking but was STILL liquid. When the solution was quite dark, I turned off the heat and added water to the pot, mixed it up and boiled it again, until it was a black-ish liquid. I then put the carving it, cooked it for a few hours and then let the whole thing cool down. My idea was that this would allow the bone to capture the colour while it was still warm and then close off the colour when it cooled. Once it all cooled, I took out the carving and it had this beautiful red-dark-brown colour. There were a few dark flecks, so I swished the carving around the cooled caramel colour to float the specks off. (You might want to filter the liquid through coffee filters when you make it.) I let the carving dry out. The colour was too uniform so I used a house cleaning polish paste-ish liquid called Cif (Jif in other countries) to gently (With a LOT of rubbing) to lighten areas I wanted to push out to make the piece more 3-D and also to whiten around the mouth. To see all of the photos of the piece, please check out http://netsuke.websitetoolbox.com/post/First-netsuke-98-finished-%29-5591578?trail=15#1 The colour penetrated very well into the bone and I did a cloth test (Rubbing it firmly several times with a cotton cloth) to make sure it would not come off.
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    Tortoise Shell Eye Glasses

    Just to point out: Since 1994, Japan is not allowed to import tortoise shells. It legal to sell tortoise shell items in Japan from what I've read. There is quite a lot of stockpiled tortoise shell and re-purposed tortoise shell as well. I've been on the lookout for antique tortoise shell items to re-make into things and I have a few pieces. That being said, it is ----> NOT <---- legal to sell or ship these re-purposed items in the EU, US, Canada etc. (Not sure about what they do if they search your pockets...) I will be making tortoise shell items for friends and myself from the antique material I've gotten. Any new item made from Elephant Ivory or Tortoise shell material from antique sources is STILL illegal to sell and is treated as a brand new item in terms of CITES violations. So, if you make a new item from antique material, you cannot sell it, ship it out of your country (Or state, in terms of the US) or carry it out of your country without violating the law. While I think it's a bit heavy-handed to not allow the sale or shipping of re-purposed antique material, I DO understand that it's basically impossible for the authorities to tell whether an item is made from antique (Pre-ban) material or was made from an illegally taken animal. Also, this is not legal advice I just wanted to share what I've researched with the forum in regards to this material.
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    Hei Matau

    I love the piece. Seems like a LOT of work to get it into that shape On boiling bones: I have a small mask that I've carved out of bone that didn't live up to my standards so I've been experimenting with that piece and I will say that bone (This is from a beef leg bone mind you) is so amazingly tough :S . It's been boiled and dried about 7 times now, rubbed in vinegar, coloured with lentils (Beautiful red-purple colour earth colour) and then re-carved and polished and the last working of it was a month ago and not one crack yet. It's rather small (About 4cm) and very detailed and took on another round of polishing as well. Bone: Tougher than Chuck Norris.
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    Bone Carver From Wales Uk

    Heya and welcome. I also carve bone (This is something I've made from beef bone : http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/2595-first-work-on-forum-bracelet-piece-in-bone/ ). I really love the finish you can get with bone and a high polish. Where you can just see the patterns in the bone under a kind of transparent uppermost part. Nice hook : ) I've also made one but I've not photographed it yet. Do you use a carbide rotary thing for the roughing out work? What is the second object? -Bri
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    New: Carved & Turned

    Very sweet! Makes me want to eat them
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    Pencil Carving

    Really amazing control
  14. Thanks everyone for the responses This is the first detailed carving in beef bone that I've done, so it was a bit of a learning curve. Magnus: I also do gemstone carving so I will post some on here as well
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    First Try To Carve Jade

    It does indeed look like Jadeite to me and not Amazonite. Amazonite has a different kind of breakage (Cleavage) and the colour generally is more evenly distributed.