In an earlier blog I wrote about using waterstone grinding sticks to shape my pieces of work.
In that article I wrote about using them wet, and creating a slurry. This helps to grind down both the stone and the stick and creates smooth compound- and transition-curves in the least possible time.
But on a recent workpiece, a remembrance poppy, I needed to highlight only the raised detail of the faces and wanted to leave the concave areas unpolished, though not rough.
So, once the petals were formed by using first a large grinding wheel, then a small one, I used small sticks (~3 mm square) to gently grind down the whole piece at 600, 1000 and then used a large stick of 8000 on the raised areas. This left the depressions with a silvery-white satiny patina in the concave areas, and the ridges with a semi-polished finish. Perfect!
So always be on the lookout for how to produce a different finish, or using your tools in a different way – it can pay dividends!
There are additional pictures of the poppy in the Recent Work section.
On this page I intend to add monthly updates on aspects of jade carving. I also plan to invite more experienced carvers to offer a "master-class" on a particular subject of their choice. With this I hope to enthuse both the novice and the expert in this ancient and beautiful art-form/craft. And comments are welcome!