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Old 04-20-2008, 07:39 PM
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another sculpture sold

I would just like to say that I entered and art acquisition this past weekend in my home town, Strathcona county and they purchased a piece from me. The sculpture is titled "Jupiter's Aura" and it sold for a good price. Yaa now i can buy more stone. The stone is Pyrophyllite and it is from Vietnam.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:35 PM
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Re: another sculpture sold

Beautiful piece, John. Abstract hand holding ... what, a magic orb? Technically delicate, too, I expect. (I've never worked stone.)
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:12 PM
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I like it. It is abstract with enough going on to keep us figurative sculptors interested in the form. The shapes are well balanced and even the title is good, which is sometimes as tough to accomplish as the sanding.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:53 AM
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Congrats on the sale. I can see why that one's gone--- it's a beautiful piece.
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:07 PM
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Re: another sculpture sold

Hey guy's and gal thank you very much for those kind comments. This stone is easy to carve but very hard to sand, about 130 hours in this piece total from start to finish. it is a layered stone so the only way to work it was with a fordom grinding tool, every time i put a hammer and chisel to it it would crack a layer off so grinding it was. It also turned my entire studio red with iron dust, my hair was red for a while as was my skin...good thing for Italian respirators. I hope to get more of this stone in the future. Sorry for the late reply but i have been away for a while buying stone, i will show pics of what i got on my trip south.
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Old 09-06-2008, 04:59 AM
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It's a wonderful piece. Hope to see more from you.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:48 AM
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I can believe it took 130 hours! The thought of sanding and buffing that piece is mindboggling.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:38 AM
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Hey Julianna I don't actually buff my sculptures I sand them from 50 grit right up to 8500 grit then I use a wax from England to bring out the color. I usually heat up the stone to about 300 degrees and the wax melts right in then I hand rub, and rub and rub and rub you get the picture. I found that by using this process I get the best finish.
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:55 AM
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Very nice!
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:59 PM
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Re: another sculpture sold

yes, very nice work! Is this one connected piece, or did you connect to seperate pieces (the sphere and the main body)?

Thank you for sharing. The stone is a very dynamic looking object. Full of depth and complexity, the layers grab my attention well. I wish I could see it up close and in real light.
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:51 PM
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Hey Dustin thanks for you comments, the orb that is off centered is part of the original stone, meaning it was not cut out and carved separately, it was carved leaving just enough to hold it to the rest of the piece, some people ask me when it was on display if i had painted the stone they said they had never seen soapstone in that color........I told them that not all sculptors carve soapstone and not all stone is soapstone. In day light it does look like petrified wood to some extent.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:05 AM
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Yep i can see why that sold.. real nice.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:35 AM
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8500 grit! And I thought I was crazy by going up to 1200!

What do you use for heating the stone? I apply Akemi, instead of wax... partially because it involves less machinery, partially because I'm terrified to heat the alabaster.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:44 AM
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8500 grit! And I thought I was crazy by going up to 1200!

What do you use for heating the stone? I apply Akemi, instead of wax... partially because it involves less machinery, partially because I'm terrified to heat the alabaster.
Hey Julianna, I use a radiant heater to heat my stone...I will usually leave it in front of the heater for a few days or if the stone is really cold I will heat it with a tiger torch or if the piece is small enough I have and old oven to use to get the sculpture to about 200 degrees just warm enough to melt the wax, it also hardens it as well. I usually will wax a piece about 3 times before it cools off.
Just a note about Alabaster, never put a heat source near it, the stone will cloud over, I have done this with my first sculpture in Alabaster just before i was to wax and I spent alot of time to fix it.
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