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#1 Amazonian

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

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I like to dabble a bit with different materials and make stuff. The latest material of choice is Jade stone. A friend sent me a Jade amulet which they had made, and straight away, i got the carving bug. I bought most of the rough Jade from eBay and I bought a Dremel, a few diamond tipped bits and some emery paper of various grades... and that was it. Jade comes in many shades, from dark to light. I like the dark Jade which looks black, but when cut thin enough and held up to a light scource, you can see that it is actually green. I find carving very therapeutic and i have spent many hours outside, like in a trance, carving stone. :)

I have made friendship bracelets and anklets for kids, keyrings, pendants , and a few other bits and pieces. I didn't photograph all my work before i gave it away, but here is a taste of what i have made .

I will add to this thread as i make new stuff :). .

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Other stuff i have made was a 'trip simulator' AKA , a Kaleidoscope, made from brass.

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Then, not to forget the Native American style flute that i have already posted here at SAB, but adding it to my 'Show and Tell' thread .
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A bit rustic, but i enjoyed making this stuff, and that's all that really matters. :)

I think i would enjoy doing a mosaic, like a mushroom or something.

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EDIT: the pics have gone higgldy piggldy, but it was tricky trying to get them to all line up . * shrugs.

Edited by Amazonian, 21 February 2012 - 01:37 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 01:53 PM

wow very nice carvings. I especially like the leaf and infinity one.
and I do like a good trip simulator too!
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:13 PM

Very cool Amazonian, I too love the leaf, reminds me of the leaf on super mario!

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:33 PM

sweet, i like them.

how did you make the kaleidoscope?
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:35 PM

actually i love that little loph button.
could you make another and sell it to me? a little loph keyring i think would be awesome.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:41 PM

Have to boast here and say, I am the very proud owner of that little loph carving ( and it is the best keyring evaaaaa B) )

And my friend 'the birdman' seriously loved his feather carving amazonian !

Beautifull heartfelt work right there ! big up's to ya ! keep on carving :)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:04 PM

how did you make the kaleidoscope?


The kaliedoscope was really easy, all you need is a glass cutter, some colored beads in a small container (or similar) ,a mirror and a tube, even PVC will do. But for a really good 'trip simulator', you would use a first surface mirror (front surface mirror), which is like a mirror without that final paint coating on the back ( you can buy the mirror or have a go with paint stripper .I was unsuccessful, but this removes ghosting on the reflection inside the kaleidoscope, and makes for a much better image). You can also add a liquid silicon and beads into a tube at the end as the focal point, which gives it movement without having to turn the kaleidoscope.

actually i love that little loph button.
could you make another and sell it to me? a little loph keyring i think would be awesome.


I have a few 'IOUs to do, and then i can carve some more stuff for trades. I will PM you qualia when i get another done. :)
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:10 PM

how did you get the infinity carving so perfect and well polished ?

That is far from what i would call rustic
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:21 PM

how did you get the infinity carving so perfect and well polished ?
That is far from what i would call rustic


I spent a lot of time on that one. It is one of my favorites, and i would like to keep it as a one off, yeah, I wont replicate the Infinity :) . I polished it with some 2000 emery paper.

' Rustic' :blush: . I am modest.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:48 PM

Nice stuff Amazonian :)
Looking at some of those carvings makes me think that you might just have been a Maori in a past life-
(eth rubs noses with amz )

Plus, Amz showed me some of her kaleidoscopes at ega in between rides .
They were fun mate.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:55 PM

Nice work amz, I looked at the loph thumbnail and didn't even see the carving at first.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:08 PM

Wow. They're awesome. Let me know when you're taking orders; I'm very keen!
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:46 PM

no.fucking.way ! That's really great, Amz, and I like that you don't restrain yourself to one artistic medium.

Some members here are so creative, I wish I could express myself through art.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:07 PM

Thanks for the kind words/ encouragement guys :wub: . I am thinking of doing a mushroom carving too, and an Aum, and maybe an arrow head , and, and ,and... :P .


@ tipz, I am glad you like your Loph' keyring, and that the 'birdman' liked the feather carving. It was a fair trade. :)
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:03 PM

Very nice, Amz. Seen couple of those, on here and in person but great to see more of the collection.

The kaleidoscope was awesome!!!
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:30 AM

I am surprised that nobody picked up on the brand of power tool that i use?! ( depicted in pics) . It was kind of a joke...you know, like on the Loony Tunes.... Wile E Cyote is a big fan of ACME products.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:04 AM

Uh, you said Dremel.....
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

Uh, you said Dremel.....


If i had have said, " i use a 'Ryobi' ", woud you have known what it was?. Dremel (and of course Ryobi) is just a brand name. 'For lols' i put an ACME label on the 'small hand held rotary tool'. :) . Now stop being technical Psy :P
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:41 AM

My small hand held rotary tool is a Hitachi... :wink: :innocent_n:

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:50 AM

You should do a small jade frog :D

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:43 AM

realy nice art you made, you obviously have the skills needed, and the patience and motivation.

other materials for you to try out would be, some timbers (the realy hard ones, recycle piano keys), tagua (vegetable ivory), black, pink and red coral (from enviromental friendly soureces) and bone.
i love carving bone, the most, but i never have used power tools for it.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:55 AM

yes carving bones i awesome, nice carving amz, you are good at it, and proud owner of one of those leaf ones. :) thanks

i agree about carving bone without use of powe tools, i have been taught to carve boomerangs and bundi's each with their own processes, which a power tool can not acheive has to be done by hand. anyway, sometimes tools are required like with stone, which can take long time without a dremel or similar

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:52 PM

:) I love all of these amz I think the feather and the loph are my favourite.., You could easily start a business selling little carvings and what not at the markets or something because i for one would love to be able to purchase some of you carvings xD

Would it be possible to make a carving request? (when you have time to make one of course)
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:59 PM

other materials for you to try out would be, some timbers (the realy hard ones, recycle piano keys), tagua (vegetable ivory), black, pink and red coral (from enviromental friendly soureces) and bone.
i love carving bone, the most, but i never have used power tools for it.


Ah, the Tagua nut, yes i am familiar with that. Yeah, i like to dabble. I am sure i will work with many different materials during my life. I am chasing some naturally shed antler at the moment?!. As for carving without a power tool,... now that would require some real skill.

:) I love all of these amz I think the feather and the loph are my favourite.., You could easily start a business selling little carvings and what not at the markets or something because i for one would love to be able to purchase some of you carvings xD
Would it be possible to make a carving request? (when you have time to make one of course)


Thanks for the positive vibes :) .
I dont want carving to become a chore. As soon as you start trying to make a business of a passion, it can (but not always) quickly go sour :) . As for requests.... not really.. I like to just make what comes to me at the time. Some things i can replicate. Some things are just too tricky for my level of skill. Maybe if/when i improve, i can make different things on request?. It actually takes a fair amount of time to finish a peice. I work on it in sessions. Some things take a week to get right. Sometimes you can have a tragedy near the end and have to go back to the drawing board. The leaf for example, as i was finishing it off , polishing it, i chipped it GRRRR and had to grind away again to repair it.Frustrating...but usually rewarding... especially when the receiver really likes it.



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Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:06 PM

oh that's cool i think it looks better after you carved the chip out it kinda has a better shape to it

I wasn't going to ask for anything to complicated maybe just something like this made from some kind of stone although i have no idea how hard it might be xD

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