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Celtic Ravens - Carved Jet Gauged Talon Earrings by DreamingDragonDesign Celtic Ravens - Carved Jet Gauged Talon Earrings by DreamingDragonDesign
1/2" gauged, carved from a single piece of Reconstituted Jet stone.

SOLD, Carved on commission.

These were commissioned by the amazingly patient ~Phoenix-Cry.

As always, the knotwork is the awesome creation of my husband, Phillip.

I'm not even sure what to say about these. They were difficult, but taught me things I wouldn't have learned any other way. I also count them as my best work so far.  So I'm really proud of them, but I don't want to carve another hollow form for awhile. :-)

And yes, they are hollow all the way to the start of the smooth area at the top. What I couldn't photograph right is that there is a little detail at the end of the spiral tails where I made a set of holes and a little hollow spot. It looks cool in person, but weird in pictures.

If someone really badly wants a pair in a similar style, the next pair starts at $600, and it'll take a year, minimum. Hollow forms are tricky, so you can't carve on them when tired unless you want a useless mess.

Woot! THANK YOU ^cakecrumbs !
I never expected this would get a DD, so thanks!
Please be patient, I will answer all the comments, and while I'm too swamped to thank for all the favs, do know that I love getting them.
I don't judge, favs without comments get love too. :-)

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Given 2013-12-20
:iconbookofe:
BookofE Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Someone really badly wanting... what other materials do you work in?
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Mattriach Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Good god cthulhu.. if you ever do knotwork and tentacles combined.... please do not hesitate to contact me! I would proudly wear those till the day I died! XD
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Eseopia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is most impressive work!  
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning work. These are by far the most beautiful gauged earrings I've seen. :clap:
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks! I'm glad you like them.
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Erin-Serai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
FINALLY, THE SOURCE!! I LOVE these so much! they're absolutely gorgeous!!!<333
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks!
I gotta ask, have these been seen somewhere other than my page? If so, can you drop me a link? I love seeing where my work has been featured.
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Erin-Serai Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I believe I found them on your page originally, but it's been so long I had forgotten! >: I couldn't' remember their title so I was really mad at myself when I tried to look them up to show a friend.. another friend found them when I posted a question about them and he pointed me back to your page :)
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, cool, thanks!
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
beautiful, makes me wish my ears were gauged :D 
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
you're welcome
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Bonecarverpm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW very nicely carved well done Jet can be a real bugger to carve ,hope that the realllllllly fine black dust wasnt tooo hard to clean up from every thing! hope you where wearing a really good dust mask with that stuff

Again very well done !!!!!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Using reconstituted Jet helps with that a bit, and with the cracks and splintering I've heard is a factor with the raw stuff. But yeah, it is messy. I love the stuff though...So nice to carve for detail work like this.
Glad ya like these, out of you that's high praise. :)
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work! :)
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Gspooty Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
This things are amazingly carved! Bravo!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Kittinlover Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow these are amazing! I wish I could have a pair exactly like that but in a size that would fit in my ears. But, i don't think it would be possible to carve with this much detail in a 12 gauge size. thy would end up being WAY to tiny.
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Probably. :) I might try doing something in that size one day to be cast in silver though.
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Kittinlover Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That would still be awesome! :)
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nanp Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Extraordinary!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
These are just beautiful :)
Well deserved DD!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks! :hug:
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finaformsora Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's juts like...whoa. How did you even make it hollow? 
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Carefully! You just start from the outside, and go in, then widen it out.
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finaformsora Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
With chisels? That must be tough. 
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nah, I don't use chisels. And neither do the traditional carvers. They use tiny knives and gouges that are specially bent & angled; I use a highspeed rotary tool with tiny little carbide burrs, some as small as 1mm in diameter.
as far as i know, nobody uses chisels to carve hollow forms.
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finaformsora Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh! Then that gives me enough hope to maybe try it in thr future.
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Half-Goat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
these are simply stunning!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you!
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ABYSS-TAT-2S Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Wow!...... Great!!!!!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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liontroll Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Unreal.
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
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crittershimmer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Amazing!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning. I love the hollow carving, and the marriage of Celtic and Maori is simply stunning. You have truly grown into mastery of your craft!
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks Elly! In this one I was mostly going for Neolithic & Celtic, but now that you mention it, the overall shape looks Maori.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very beautiful! Sometimes different tribal styles complement each other so well...
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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StimulatingImagery Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask how you go about carving stone, I really admire your work here. I would love to learn a couple things about this medium. Absolutely stunning work, congratulations on the DD!

Have a nice day :)
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Glad ya like my work.
My carvings are all done with highspeed rotary flexshaft tools & carbide dental size burrs.
If you'll note me with questions, I'll do what I can to help, and I'll see if I can find the tuts posted by some other rotary tool carvers here on DA for you.
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Hasaiah Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look amazing! I want a pair too! xC
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Meruae Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Simply gorgeous! Congrats on the DD ^ ^
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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