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Trip Talk / Re: Nullamanna - The journey of a sapphire
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:25:22 PM »
Very nice stone, lovely cutting well done.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Removing mud from chrysophrase
« on: July 14, 2018, 02:02:27 PM »
The harder iron stone is possibly silicated and could be difficult to remove. Like colza if the ironstone is hard enough to take a good polish I would leave it there, if it is friable then a bit of careful chiseling could remove it.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: What stone is this?
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:35:07 AM »
Could be lapis or sodalite or even stone dyed blue by the look on my monitor. My bet would be low grade lapis, likely to be all the same type of stone which ever it is.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Opalized Wood
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:41:55 PM »
Folks that URL is not You Tube open it at your own risk. Probably a virus or phishing exercise. Suggest the user be deleted pronto.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: ? Emerald matrix carving. Please help
« on: March 03, 2018, 09:03:49 AM »
Agree with Rusted, any value in this piece is in the quality of the carving not the stone. Low grade emerald is just that and has little value of itself.


Cabbing and More / Re: Fern Knife
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:16:47 PM »
You can but knives without scales, for example However in my experience the quality of the knives vs cost is poor compared to buying a good quality production knife such as a Buck, CRKT or Old Timer and removing the scales. The production knives have much larger production runs and are unbeatable for quality at the lowest price.

Some people buy used knives and put stone scales on those, however for the time, effort and stone that goes into stone scales I think that is not doing the stone or your craftsmanship justice.

Of course the ultimate is to forge your own knife and then make stone scales for it.


Cabbing and More / Re: Fern Knife
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:13:46 AM »
Very nice MB, looks like a really clean fit for the scales, well done, can't wait to see what you do with the other two knives.


Cabbing and More / Re: 'New beginnings' nephrite jade
« on: August 13, 2017, 01:32:13 AM »
Awesome carving would be very tricky tapering the tail.  beers

Thanks MakkyBrown, the tendril is relatively easy as it protrudes above the rest of the carving. The hard part is getting a perfect cab like dome on the side of the seed that the tendril sits on as you can't use normal cabbing gear to do it. It is also really easy to cut into the tendril too much when shaping the pod. Fun project, I can recommend it, every carving throws up a new challenge.


Cabbing and More / Re: 'New beginnings' nephrite jade
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:28:30 PM »
looks like I need to constrain the size of the

Did it for you.


Thanks Leah, when I went into 'modify post' the photo was showing rather than the original text, what width should I set int he future? Most sites auto size.


Cabbing and More / Re: 'New beginnings' nephrite jade
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:35:05 PM »
looks like I need to constrain the size of the [img] tags

Cabbing and More / 'New beginnings' nephrite jade
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:46:15 PM »
"new beginnings" tendril form in nephrite jade from Wyoming. Tendril is polished, seed pod is matte and oiled.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Australian Torquoise
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:40:06 PM »
Search for Australian Turquoise Exchange on Facebook, Boris has a load from an old stockpile from Amaroo NT.

Cabbing and More / Re: Carving Masterpiece, with progress pictures.
« on: July 08, 2017, 06:43:20 AM »
Yep a very talented carver who has really blazed the trail for contemporary western jade carving.

Cabbing and More / Re: Unicorn
« on: June 19, 2017, 06:02:58 PM »
I just came across your beautiful unicorn carving.
You are very a talented person, you Definately should do more, outstanding work ;D ;D ;D

Thank you, if you search my username 'southerly' on this forum your will find various goodies posted. I manage to do 1-2 carving a year, I am very slow and have little time.

Cabbing and More / Re: 10mm balls with no holes...
« on: June 19, 2017, 05:56:54 PM »
Google 'gemstone marbles' or something along those lines and you should find some.


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