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Topic: Natural beach stone necklaces with carved hearts and sterling silver  (Read 1672 times)
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« on: January 22, 2013 05:57:42 AM »

I just finished putting together some limited edition hand carved pendants and I would love your feedback! You crafty bunch are always so amazing and your input is invaluable Grin

If you have a minute please let me know what you think! Thanks  Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013 09:31:11 AM »

I think they're really pretty Smiley  I love the darker ones since you can see the carved heart better. I love collecting rocks at the beach and these remind me of my love of them. nice work!
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013 10:41:42 AM »

Very pretty! I especially like the last one - it looks like it has a line of a different color in it which is interesting!

I have wanted to try drilling stones for quite a while, but am not sure that I wouldn't damage myself... Can you share with us a little about how you made these or how you learned to work with stones?
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013 05:58:54 PM »

I like them, I would totally wear them.  The silver is classy.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013 02:28:44 AM »

Thanks for your input!

DawnsTrees: The last one does have a line of different colour, since the stones are subjected to heat when i solder the jump rings I often find it brings out colours and patterns not seen in the stones beforehand Smiley

The first time I tried stone carving I was afraid of damaging myself too! I finally gave in to my curiosity and did my best to stay safe. I picked up a little rotary tool set at a dollar store for $15.00 and it came with grinding bits. It's not super fab but it did the job, though I have worn out a few of the bits now. I use a piece of scrap wood to hold the stone on and wear safety glasses and a paper dust mask so I don't get debris in my eyes or nose. I practiced on a few stones firstly, using the different shaped bits to get the hang of how much pressure to use and what angles gave the best result. To grind the holes I used a flat-pointed tapered grinding bit and just gently and patiently wore the hole through the stone. It really helps to have the stones semi-submersed in a bowl of water as it helps keep the drill bit from getting too hot and the stone from breaking. You can use an old ice cream container and pop a scrap of wood in the bottom and add enough water to just cover the stone. The water gets murky quite quickly which is why I don't suggest using too much water - you would lose sight of the stone pretty fast!
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013 01:06:16 PM »

Thanks for the tips! I think that this summer I really may have to try this - I really want to make some buttons out of a couple stones that I have and you make it sound so... doable! Smiley   
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013 01:46:25 PM »

So pretty
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