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Bone and Wood Pendant by Steve-Thorpe Bone and Wood Pendant by Steve-Thorpe
Just finished this. It's carved bone mounted on hardwood (Australian Jarrah) with waxed hemp cord binding. This is the most detailed carving I've done yet, the entire pendant is about 95mm long, so quite large (that's a little under 4 inches for the metrically challenged!)

The bone carving design is freehanded and based on my love of the Art Noveau and Victorian styles of decoration. For the back see [link]

As usual I'm not 100% happy with it and need to work out a way of polishing the bone down in the grooves and piercings better, if anyone has any tips let me know!

The binding attaches a loop on the back that allows it to be strung on chain or my preferences would be black velvet ribbon.

Comments welcome and appreciated.
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Steve-Thorpe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Cyanide-Sweetheart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! But I know how you feel, I'm never happy with my work either. How long did it take you?
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Steve-Thorpe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the compliment.  This one certainly has got a lot of attention and I'm working on more designs along a similar line now.  I'm really not sure how long this took me in actual working hours, as this is what I do to relax it happens around work and family.  But over a period of about 2 weeks I would guess at about 8 to 10 hours.  Most of that time is in the finishing though, getting it polished and smooth. 
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TJ-Theart Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very impresive dude i like the contrast with wood, and the tiny details
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Steve-Thorpe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, it's looking like it's really popular. Now I just have to work out how much to sell it for!
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BDSart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Cool carving !
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Steve-Thorpe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely piece! :)
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Steve-Thorpe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. :)
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Steve-Thorpe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've checked all import regulations and this appears to be fine for all countries so long as it is declared. So no matter where you are I'll send it to you (at your cost of course) !

And remember the NZ $ has a pretty good exchange rate against most other currencies so you can get a one off work of art for next to nothing!
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