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SileIndigo

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  1. SileIndigo

    5 Dragons

    This is really cool! I love how you found them in the wood and just brought them out : )
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    Wood Pendants

    Love them! You have a very cool style.
  3. Does anyone know of any good places to buy used lapidary equipment, other than ebay and craigslist (I'm already looking on both of those)? I'm just looking for a small trim saw + grinder combo or separate ... just something simple and preferably on the low-cost side (like $3-400 or under). I already have a flexshaft and micromotor for the detail work and fine polishing etc. I just need something for cutting out small shapes and the rough grinding. One side note -- I know tile saws are cheap alternatives to trim saws, but I tried one already and it just vibrated way too much and the opening around the blade was so large that my little stones kept getting sucked down into it. :-/ I keep trying to convince myself I don't have time to learn stone carving right now ... but I just can't get the idea out of my head!!! Guess it must be a sign ... ; ) Thanks!!
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    Hand Protection

    I don't use any hand protection when I'm using a micromotor or flex shaft; I think it would make it too hard to hold onto my carving. Those Saburr carbide burrs sure do hurt when you slip and get your fingers, though!! Good thing I heal fast!! ; ) When I'm scroll sawing or band sawing I wear some "cut-protection" fabric gloves with rubbery fingers and palms. They've definitely saved my fingers from cuts on a number of occasions, and make me feel a lot more comfortable when I have to get in close proximity to the blade when cutting out something small.
  5. This is so cool!!!!! Since we were little, my sister, brother and I always "found" pictures of things in wood grain, like on doors and trim and things around our house. But I've never though of actually making them like this! I've also recently gotten into pyrography, so maybe I'll give it a try! :-) Thanks so much for posting this!
  6. I'm new to stone carving (I've been carving wood and bone for about 3 years on and off now), so I'm trying to figure out exactly what tools I will need, before I start buying them. I already have a foredom flex shaft and a micro motor and lots of various little diamond bits (from lopacki.com). I have a tile saw (4 or 6" I think?) with a diamond blade, but find it very hard to cut anything evenly on it, becuase there is a big gap around the blade since it's made for a much thicker blade, so it kind of bends sometimes when I'm cutting. And it vibrates a ton, and shoots water all over! :-( What I'll be focusing on for my carvings will be smaller (probably max 3") carved stone earrings, and also much smaller things (like other types of jewelry). My initial thinking is that if I buy my stone already in slabs, I could get away with just a diamond band saw or small trim saw to start off (and use my flex shaft or micromotor for all of the carving and polishing). Next in line would be to get a slab saw so I could actually cut my own slabs, and then maybe a grinding wheel. Does this sound like a good plan? Any suggestions for something different? I know I could be wayyyyy off here, since I'm just guessing. I'm basically looking to spend the least amount of money possible, but get adequte tools for what I want to carve. Thanks!! :-)
  7. SileIndigo

    My New Diamond Bandsaw

    How long do the blades last when you're cutting harder stone, like jade? Does it have a coolent system built in? Is there a limit to how thick of slabs you can cut on it? I'm really tempted to get one of these, because the designs I'm wanting to carve in stone would be SO much easier to cut out with a band saw, instead something like a trim saw.
  8. SileIndigo

    Hello Everyone! :-)

    I've been reading this forum for awhile, and I decided its time I joined so I can post! I've been carving wood for about 3 years, and am now getting into stone. I'll post some stuff I've made when I get home...mostly, I make earrings and other jewelry. I look forward to learning lots from all the talented folks here!! :-) Sile
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    New Member

    Your carving is beautiful!! :-)
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