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Carved this out of purpleheart. Only a couple hours’ work. Finished with carnauba wax (I work with tobacco pipes, so it’s a familiar, easy finish).
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#1 posted 04-29-2009 05:53 AM
WOW .. I think there might be a market for little carvings like this.
Tell us the finishing process !!!!
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#2 posted 04-29-2009 05:57 AM
I usually overwork my finishes. I’m addicted to sanding, I guess. I took this thing all the way to 600 grit and then used a rotten-stone slurry to beat it up some more. Finally, after I cleaned up the huge mess, I put it to my buffing wheel and some carnauba wax. Doesn’t take much of the stuff to make a glorious shine. Only thing is it’s not a hand-happy toy. Touching is hard on that finish.
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#3 posted 04-29-2009 07:08 AM
This is very very cool turtle . If you like sanding so much did you want to come visit for a couple years, I have lots of fun waiting for you.
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#4 posted 04-29-2009 07:34 AM
Some turtle there. What tools did you use for carving it? I work with purple heart and it is tough as stone. Did you use power carving tools or carve by hand?
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#5 posted 04-29-2009 03:41 PM
a1Jim, everybody says that.Good sandi paper goes a long way in shaping. I used a band saw, Dremel, Pfeil knife, files and some sweat.
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#6 posted 04-29-2009 05:01 PM
I just love a good turtle and this is one cool little turtle. Welcome to LJ. Hope to see more of these type projects, they look very PHAT (Purple Heart And Tempting). ;2)
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#7 posted 04-29-2009 05:43 PM
Awesome ! I know what you mean about the wax…I made some Tiger Maple projects and used that for a finish…they were beautiful , so of course people couldn’t keep their hands off of them despite my warnings. I can’t believe that you carved this …it is some tough wood to say the least ! Approximate size is ?
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#8 posted 04-29-2009 06:27 PM
Great use of purple heart, love turtles.
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#9 posted 04-30-2009 12:28 AM
It’s about 3 inches or so in diameter. Probably 1.5 inches thick. And yes, it was pretty tough work, even with Dremel help.
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#10 posted 04-30-2009 04:56 AM
I can’t say that I have ever seen anything like it. Very cool.
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#11 posted 04-30-2009 05:00 AM
I have another couple of purpleheart projects on the bench. It’s muscle-work, but they turn out soooo purty.
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