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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-06-22 2:51 pm   Permalink

Dang! That is a pretty pice of jade. You freaking kill me man. Five hours huh? Sheeot. You've probably already sanded those lines off of him....haven't you?

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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-06-22 2:54 pm   Permalink

Thanks G, No I'm done for the day, Maybe tomorrow.

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kiwishaman
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Posted: 2007-06-22 9:11 pm   Permalink

Very Nice Benz, and to think I got 5 hours in and it still looks all tooled

I just love looking at your stuff. What do you mean no more till tomorro? Its still daylight here!


 
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Tamapoutini
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Posted: 2007-06-23 02:17 am   Permalink

You did that in 5 hours!!?? What am I doing wrong? Perhaps you should come over here and teach us a thing or two.

Nice use of the colour change Ben. Id be a little wary of putting my holes through that oxidised stone though; it doesn't have quite the same strength as the more crystalline stone.
I like the way you've left a natural/organic edge at the bottom; a nice subtle 'truth to materials' touch. Sometimes a flaw or natural edge/surface can be deliberately left in as a positive confirmation of the material. A perfect piece of jade can easily be misidentified as plastic or glass, etc.

Im still amazed at how fast you can get a form shaped out! Well done.

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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-06-23 03:17 am   Permalink

Thanks KS, Yes, and to Think there's still tool marks, Darn! I'll promise to do better next time. Still day lite hey, now if I lived half-way in between then I could work in the garage in the morning and then the back patio in the other morning. Who needs sleep anyway.

Tama, Thanks, Yes 5 hours but I have to admit the stone already had the basic shape so I didn't need to Cut it out first. The Difference was the new diamond flex bands, going from the 100 grit burs to the 200 grit flex band then to the 400 band. After that I used the abrasive rubber points to get into the tight areas.
Once the bands edges get "rounded over" they won't leave those "tool marks". This piece did not require very much carving for some reason it just went together very quickly. I can normally work 3 to 4 hours so I'll pay today but I got caught up in the crescendo of the piece and couldn't stop. I'm Still amazed at how the bands felt so smooth and cushioned and comfortable to use. I will definitely be getting all the sizes they have available. You can get them from your Red Diamond (I think?) dealer there but their prices are about 3 times more. The rubber mandrels are available in the 3/32 size which is what you need for your handpiece.

Thanks for all the kind words, They keep me going!
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Raffertiki
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Posted: 2007-06-23 09:46 am   Permalink

Way to keep us wannabes stoked with inspiration!

 
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Clarita
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Posted: 2007-06-23 10:33 am   Permalink

The jade moai is already looking so good!!

I have a question.... A cannibal tiki, eats humans or other tikis? hmmm? hmmm?

I hope yours like his meals blue, more than orange... just in case, keep him well fed please...Now I don't know if he is dancing or just happy to have dinner...hahaha!
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flynny
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Posted: 2007-06-25 11:13 pm   Permalink

Benz
The Moai is superb, only 5 hours, those bands must be pretty good, I have looked and there is nothing like them here in the UK. What size shaft dia is the rubber mandrel they fit on??

Were the photos taken wet or is that the finish you achieved with just the bands.

Great Stuff
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Benzart
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Posted: 2007-06-26 2:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks Raffer, Nice to see you around again!

Clarita thanks, You have no fear. While cannibal tikis eat other tikis, this guy is given a steady diet of grilled chicken and hr likes it way more than Orange tiki. Thanks again!

Flynny, Thanks, he's a bit better now though. I will ask the main company if there are any UK dealers. The rubber mandrels are 1/2 and 1/4 inch which should be standard sizes.
These shotsn were taken with no oil but with wax. After the 400 grit band I used a 2400 grit diamond past on a small felt wheel then buffed it out with a 6 inch cotton wheel with Flexcut Gold polishing compound, then beeswax for the finish. However I picked up some small metal or diamond specks on the initial buff and didn't notice them until the camera caught them. I'm really getting blind.






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GMAN
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Posted: 2007-06-26 4:14 pm   Permalink

TIGHT!

 
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Paipo
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Posted: 2007-06-26 6:47 pm   Permalink

Crisp edges and satiny smooth surfaces. Nice finish Benz!

 
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benella
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Posted: 2007-06-27 12:53 am   Permalink

Love those pix...... and the moai too, of course !


 
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MooneyTiki
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Posted: 2007-06-27 07:30 am   Permalink

Ben, Your carvings are looking incredable as they always do my friend thanks for keeping us inspired and sharing your incredable talent with us all,Aloha your friend , jimmy mooney

 
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JohnnyP
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Posted: 2007-06-27 11:37 am   Permalink

Again, some nice perfection coming from South Florida. Your work is always an inspiration. So those diamond flex bands get a thumbs up? I went to the site and almost ordered a bunch, but thought I would wait for your review.



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Posted: 2007-06-27 8:17 pm   Permalink

Nice work mate, the jade Moai looks sensational
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