Sculptured from Strongly Chatoyant New Zealand Jade
This is the initial few hours working this extremely sensitive Chatoyant Jade.
A particularly beautiful jade with stunning chatoyance which has been close by for the past 35 years.
It’s TIME has come!
Very rare to find an example which is able to be carved as most chatoyant material will splinter along the long, microscopic fibers which make up the jade.
Length at this stage … 11″
Very gentle tooling required to prevent the jade from splintering with the disturbance of grinding.
Preliminary forming promising the stone will be stable enough to carve successfully.
Always a question mark over this incredibly beautiful nephrite jade.
Second session and subsequent development for this
Chatoyant Jade Guardian
Here the beginnings of the nostrils are indicated. Eyes starting to form and the long, sweeping brow lines flowing back along the jade.
Lips formed and about to be detailed.
Flats and facets on the jade surface evident from the diamond tooling as the form evolves.
Lips, eyes and nose detailed to near final form.
Tooling marks sanded out and overall surface semi glossed.
The changing hue of the chatoyant bands clearly illustrated in these two images as the light direction is altered for camera.
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