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Here are some pic's of my first (netsuke?) try-out...

 

I'm working on it for 2 or 3 day's know and use different tools like

chisels and a dremel

see pic's as well.

 

In the future i would like to inlay some orange eye's

 

Does anyone have an idear what kind of material I can use for this?

 

I also would like to give it a nice color, something like thisthis

(Sorry for using your picture janel)

 

Hopefully it will and up as a nice piece of work...

 

Ohh and any other tips or/and tricks are very very welcome...

 

Chears B_art79 :unsure:

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I use a piece of taxus (?) about 50 years old and very fine!

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To saw in rough shape I used a japanish saw

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To form any further I use the dremel and some chisels

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I use different chases and chisels from pfeil D12/2, D11/1 and D5/3

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Hi Bart,

 

It is fun to see the work at the beginning. The photo you linked to is a boxwood piece, oiled with boiled linseed oil which was then allowed to dry hard, then buffed/polished with a cotton wheel. Your wood may be darker than the boxwood of the piece in the photo.

 

Please save a piece of this wood upon which you can test the various options for finishing. Testing in this way saves much heartache if a wrong choice is made when finishing the piece.

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Hi sergio,

 

The frog is not bigger than 3,5 cm

Today I went to a special shop to buy the smallest chisels there are.

I also bought some dentist tools to make my one.

I found it very hard to get all the small parts carved nicely and than get it smooth.

I want to do some inlay next but I need some advice of people I think,

I want to make a larva of some white matery but don't want to use ivory or other poor animals bones or whatever. Also need some theoratic advice about how to do....

So that's already 4 x starting with 'I' but... here's another one

I would like to know if I can mix some color with oil to get a green look on the frog

and I (hmmm 6 or so...) would like to know still what I can use for orange inlay eyes?

 

Please people... help me out here, you would make me, and probebly some other people as well, so so happy!

 

Soon very soon I will show some progress, so stay tuned friends!

Here's already a pic to inspire some of you!

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found these on national geographic: somehing with mouse on frog's back in monsoon (India)

So yes my friends... this is real!!!!

It's a wonderfull wonderfull world right?!

 

Chao amigos,

b_art 79

 

Ohh and Sebas if you read this,

In may I will go to Brasil to buy a house there with my girlfriend, you know about some good wood to use over there?

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So here's the update,

Used some diamand chases and some small chisels

did alos some sanding already to see the effect of it

 

I found it realy hard to get the tsmall corners smooth....

 

Next I'm gonna work on some food for my froggie...

 

Cheers y'all...

 

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The frog is coming along well! To answer your question about white material- why not use Tagua nut? Sometimes it had just the right amount of subtle transparency suitable for larva. If not, Holly is a very white wood that could be used.

As for the coloring question, I can't offer much help- it's something I haven't explored.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hello carvingfriends,

So after a long time of brainstorming here's a small update for my work.

Have to tell you that it gave me some frustrations but that's like with everything wich you have to learn right!

Problems wich came along:

 

How to get the corners smooth...?!

Where does a frog sit on?

How to do some inlay work?

How to shape that difficult corner with tools wich are to big?

how to sand the hole frog etc. etc.

 

So I made some small tools myself,

I desighted to put the frog on a box with some forest carved in iron ( like it's habitat )

To sand well just never give up I guess...

 

Next picture will show the forest and eye inlays, I hope it will work!!!

 

So see you all next time amigos

 

 

Ohh and about the tagua nuts, I did my research and desighted it's a very good idear!

but... now I just have to get it from somewhere!

and there pups another question in my head right now! Anybody some experience with imitated ivory?

 

Chiao,

b_art79

 

 

 

Hello carvingfriends,

So after a long time of brainstorming here's a small update of my work.

Have to tell you that it gave me some frustrations but that's with everything which you have to learn right!

Problems which came along:

 

How to get the corners smooth...?!

Where does a frog sit on?

How to do some inlay work?

How to shape that difficult corner with tools wich are to big?

how to sand the hole frog etc. etc.

 

So I made some small tools myself,

I desighted to put the frog on a box with some forest carved in iron ( like it's habitat )

To sand well just never give up I guess...

Or are there any good tricks????

(see pic's)

 

Next I will work on the box with it's forest, I hope it will work!!!

 

So see you all next time amigos

 

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Ohh and about the tagua nuts, I did my research and desighted it's a very good idear!

but... now I just have to get it from somewhere!

and there pups another question in my head right now! Anybody some experience with imitated ivory?

 

Chiao,

b_art79

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Nice job on the frog! I like the look on his face.

 

Here's a little hint I sometimes use for sanding in hard to reach and odd shaped spots: use a pin vise to hold various abrasive grinding burrs and use them as sanders. Lots of different shapes available in diamond, ruby, aluminum oxide and others, in fine to rough grits. Here's a picture of mine, along with some different abrasive grinding burrs:

 

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Here's a link to Don Fogg's tutorial on making very small chisels with music wire:

Music Wire Chisels

 

Here's a link to another Don Fogg tutorial making chisels out of old dental burrs. You can actually do the same thing with any small grinder burr.

Chisels from Dental Burrs

 

You can find lots of other tool making and tool using threads in the Tools & Technical Forum

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Hello all,

Yes yes a long time ago I know but I haven't left yet!

And the good part is I only get more and more enthousiatic!!!!

Last week (or is it already two weeks ago?) I went to a netsuke friend called Ko Baas. He is a really good,

and I think the only netsuke carver in Holland and he showed me some stuff. He also told me same tricks and even gave me some boxwood and some other materials!!!

 

THANX AGAIN KO FOR ALL THE GOOD YOU GAVE ME AND I REALLY ENJOYED THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Anyway here are some pics of my frog in progress, polished it with some rottenstone powder and that really works.

I'm still wondering if I shall color the frog or not?!?!?! I was thinkin of a lightgreen.... What do you all think?

Ohh and if you think I should color it advice also on the how to please!!!

 

The elements are not yet atached so that's no problem. Anybody know how to atach wood with wood and tagua with wood?

 

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I also pasted some really nice pics of the noelanders trofee in the topic Photographes

You'll love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

See you later aligator!!!!!!!!!!

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The frog turned out very nice. You have got in your fingers to create beautifull things.

I also enjoyed your visit very much and was glad to be able to help an enthousiastic carver like you.

 

For colouring the frog you could use diluted acrylic paint, the kind artists use for paintings.

For glueing I always use epoxy glue (Bison kombi snel) but I have no experience with glueing tagua nut.

 

Succes and keep up the good work,

 

Ko Baas

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Hello my friends,

 

Well, it took me a while but Im finally finished ( I think...)

First the pics....

 

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As you can see I've made it little bit different......

The eye's I made from amber, difficult to make because it breaks so easely!!!

I wanted to place the pupils on the back of the amber but that didn't really work.

I scrached a line to put the ink in but than you only see the white of the scrach, maybe I shouldn't do that and just paint on the polished back???

 

the larva I made from tagua nut and the book is from some african wood ( Ko what was it again?)

 

Further more I tried to give the frog a greenish look but that turned out in a disaster, so I painted it with black ink.

 

I really enjoyed working on this netsuke concidering all the experiments I did on it!!!!!

 

Hope to show you some more of my works in the future!!!!!!!!!!

 

Cheers,

b_art79

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