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  1. Jim K Jordan

    how can i burnish ebony

    Another very useful tool source is the foam/plastic core fingernail buffers. They come in various grits and can be cut down with (not your good) scissors. Tounge depressors with sandpaper double stick taped to them works good too.
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    Jumping salmon

    Here is one I made a back in the last century, 1999. Carved brass, dremel, circuit board router bits, flexshaft w/dental bits. I set ball bearings for eyes. Used a round nose punch for the scale texture.
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    Jumping salmon

    Thank you.
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    Broken Wing Trick

    Ha! Love it, a little birdie, packing heat.... Glad to see you are helping to keep Portland weird! ( Eugene weirdo here...) jim
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    inro/sagemono for phones?

    That is a great idea! Really nice use for a contemporary inro/netsuke set. A traditional inro might be a bit much for everyday use, speed of getting to the phone seems like it would be a drawback. But... A case that looked like an inro from the back, but the screen side was open, and had provisions for the sagemono and netsuke would be very cool! Just be sure to share some pics with us. Jim
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    A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine!

    So if I understand you correctly, the Dremel tool you are using is the vibratory kind? Buzzes and impacts the surface with a non rotating point, right? I think if you want to actually carve the runes deeper you might try a pencil grinder with diamond bits. HARBOR freight has a decent air grinder for around $30, a set of 50 diamond plated bits sells for under $20. Of course, you would need an air compressor too. But that way you could safely cut with a water spray to keep the dust down. You don't want to breath rock dust...
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    My first three pieces in bone

    By bail, I mean the hole in the top of the second one, it looks like it probably isn't finished yet. A bail is the loop on top of a setting that the chain of the necklace goes thru.
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    Hello from Belgium

    I really like the fish and the dog really has personality. Good work. I understand about the leaf being stuck in your head. Some things just gotta be made to have any peace of mind. Jim
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    A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine!

    Welcome Torc.
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    My first three pieces in bone

    WOW! Those are sweet! I like the contrast and the way the smooth bone looks against the lines and colors of the shell. I personally would leave the middle on as it is other than smoothing up the bail.
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    Auzzie in Japan

    Welcome Marcus. Welcome to the Dark side.....
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    Salutations from Berkeley California

    WOW! Love the work. Welcome to the forum. If you ever make it to western Oregon give me a shout.
  13. I picked this up at a flea market. It's a screw adjusted compass? It was missing the adjustable point, I made one out of a carbide burr. Interesting design, the cone point is spring loaded looks like it may be some watch/clockmaker tool. Works good for scribing radii from a center hole up to 3/16" The knob on the left is the adjustment screw. Nice old style rope knurling on the screwheads. The main beam is triangular. I've never seen another like it. Any idea what it is called or what it was made for? Jim
  14. I had to make myself another pair of chasing hammers. I found a couple of obsolete auto ball joints, cut the ball shafts out of the units and turned the ends down to suit. They are the top two on the left. Nice raw material for hammers, induction hardened shell, softer center like a true hammer needs to be. The handles are from some ice fallen Hawthorne limbs, hand scraped to shape and waxed. The stick on the right is from an OLD, lilac bush, I'd like to use it for a handle too, is there any way to stabilize the rich purple color of the heartwood so it doesn't turn brown over time? I like the cream and purple color of lilac but some pieces I've had changed to brown soon after finishing, .
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    New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    A good friend gave me some marine spar varnish, it has uv inhibitors. A little bit amber color but I put a light coat on and it didn't change it too much. I don't really like The feel of shiny handles, so I guess I'll live with any Browning over time. Thanks all. Jim
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    dragon spoon

    Cool! Teachers work their butts off. They deserve some recognition for doing a tough job.
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    Compass? Dividers? Old tool question

    Yes, the center cone is spring loaded. It isn't a cutter, but could be. The adjustable point could changed too. If the cone position was able to rotate with the handle as a pin vise, that would work. My understanding is originally it had a knife like blade and was used for cutting gaskets or scribing circles off of a center hole.
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    Cyclonic tide

    Very nice! Gotta love Lightning ridge opal. And anything based on the involute curve/ Fibonacci sequence has my vote.
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    dragon spoon

    Very nice! I like the free ball, or do you mean magic pearl? A dragon without his magic pearl is unhappy. Nobody wants to be near an unhappy dragon!!....
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    Love knot?

    Here is one I made a few years ago. It is four interlinked mobius strip, heart shapes. Carved from a single piece of curly maple. A mobius strip is a twisted strip with only one side.
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    Love knot?

    Hi Janel, It seems like forums do come and go, People post things for a while then wander off. No worries though, I am just trying to get some of the quiet ones to speak up. People looked at the post, just didn't say boo.. That's okay, I end up talking to myself a lot in real life too. Thanks for your interest though. I actually like the big leaf curly maple for carving. It cuts nice and the interlocked grain seems to help keep it from splitting pieces. The interlocking part was tricky, I made the first one from modeling clay and used it for figuring out the sequence. As to the faceting, I had some time on my hands and a machine shop free to use back in the 80's I designed and built a faceting machine and taught myself how to facet ( I had a little help..) That stone is pretty bright in spite of it only being quartz, It turned out really nice. Don't think I could do it again. I have made a lot of smaller stones that came out very nicely too, It help to be a little obsessive compulsive sometimes, especially when some one tell me I can't do something. Of course then, I HAVE to figure it out. And the more challenging and tougher the project, the harder my head gets.
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    Love knot?

    Crickets................. ...................
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    Love knot?

    Ya got nothing? Come on give us some feedback..
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    Mermaid - bone

    Good effort, the harder the challenge, the more the reward. Keep working on it, it has some promise. Figures are tough to do, beautiful figures like mermaids are even tougher. I tried to do a female centaur in wax for casting, never got the face right. Body was good, butter faced. Jim
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    Howdy from Los Angeles

    Nice work, love the shark jaws.