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Hello Everybody

 

After lurking for a few weeks, I've finally joined your wonderful forum to try and get some advice and direction over the coming months. My 'day job' is as a model maker and celebration topper sculptor (weddings, birthdays etc) and I'm really interested in trying my hand at stone carving. I've got a few basic tools, some I already owned, some I've just bought along with some soapstone. I'm hoping to start carving in the next few days while I have a bit of free time.

 

Eventually, I want to try and put some pics of my WIP's on here and get your advice. I have no experience at carving and I'm self taught as an additive sculptor so I'm sure I'll need plenty of advice. I'll post some pics as soon as I have something worth looking at. Please be gentle with me.

 

Thanks

Sharry

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Hi Sharry,

 

Welcome to The Carving Path forum!

 

I am not a carver of stone, but will caution you about not breathing the dusts that any of your carving activity makes. Stone carvers will have input on what to use and how to use it.

 

Good luck with your adventures!

 

Janel

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Sharry:

 

Don't worry, you'll do fine. I, like you, worked additively with clay, as I'll wager, do did Janel (looking at all of her beautiful ceramics). You'll adapt.

 

I would caution you about the soapstone; work outside if you can, especially for the roughing out part. This stuff raises an amazing amount of dust. I carved a piece about 6 months ago, and after cleaning my work area 3 times, I'm still finding dust. I wore a mask but the stuff made my lungs hurt for months.

 

All that said, if you are using hand tools and working small, it shouldn't be that much of a problem. What kind of tools do you have? Have you thought about working in wood to begin with?

 

I'm interested in what kind of sculpting you were doing; were you working in marzipan or making porcelain figures? Just curious.

 

Debbie K

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Sharry:

 

Don't worry, you'll do fine. I, like you, worked additively with clay, as I'll wager, do did Janel (looking at all of her beautiful ceramics). You'll adapt.

 

I would caution you about the soapstone; work outside if you can, especially for the roughing out part. This stuff raises an amazing amount of dust. I carved a piece about 6 months ago, and after cleaning my work area 3 times, I'm still finding dust. I wore a mask but the stuff made my lungs hurt for months.

 

All that said, if you are using hand tools and working small, it shouldn't be that much of a problem. What kind of tools do you have? Have you thought about working in wood to begin with?

 

I'm interested in what kind of sculpting you were doing; were you working in marzipan or making porcelain figures? Just curious.

 

Debbie K

 

 

Thanks for the welcome and info Janel & Debbie.

 

I'll certainly take your advice Debbie, I've set up an area in my garage to work in and have mainly hand tools, although I have a Dremel and also a pendant drill I use in my other work. I've got a good mask as well as I use chemicals when model making. I've got a mobile extractor in there which hopefully should help. I also want to try my hand at wood... I want to have ago at everything, so much so I don't know where to start!

 

As for the toppers I work in wax so I suppose I use a bit of both techniques, I then mould them in silicon, cast them in resin and then paint etc. I've attached a pic of my latest topper which involved a bit of model making as well. It's all hand sculpted/built apart from the wheels. If you can be bothered there's more on my website at www.sculptedbliss.co.uk (hope it's okay to put site info on here). There's also a bit of info on the model making side as well here

http://www.sculptedbliss.co.uk/modelmakingservices/modelmaking_services/Sculpted_Bliss_Modelmaking_Services_Image_Gallery/Sculpted_Bliss_Modelmaking_Services_Image_Gallery.html

 

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Thanks again for the welcome, hope to pick your brains!

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Hi Sharry,

 

Yes, it is okay to put links to your web site in your posts, and links to outside information is good too.

 

Thanks for the compliment.

 

I acquired mammoth tusk from a dealer here in the US. He has not been able to acquire similar quality solid pieces for some years though, at least when I have inquired about it. Natasha Popova acquires tusk via Russian contacts, I believe. I really am not able to make suggestions other than using the internet, with cautions about checking out the vendors somehow. Maybe other members will have better suggestions for you.

 

Janel

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Hi Sharry. Im also in the UK . the land of sheep...Wales :) I have never carved Soapstone but i will look forward to seeing your work.

I carve Bone ( Cow Bone ) to make pendants which i am pretty new to but i have work on www.deviantart.com/paulmellor .Paul

 

 

I've been busy with other work these last couple of months so haven't had time to try much yet, as soon as I get something decent made I'll bite the bullet and put some pics up.

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