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For the love of Alba by fairyfrog For the love of Alba by fairyfrog
I miss Scotland so much...
Spent my (pretty much only) real vacation day making this pendant. I'll be wearing it on a friends' wedding tomorrow. :heart:

I carved it in amber, a beautiful "anatomic heart"-shaped piece of natural Baltic 60 million year old resin. ;)
Using two sizes of ball burrs, and then nothing but my tiniest 1,5mm. 30-degree-angle burr the carving was surprisingly quick. :squee:

It is my most detailed carving yet. The size of it is approx. 35mm from top to bottom.
A dragon can look any way at all and people will still probably identify them as dragons. Making naturalistic flowers is a lot more difficult in my opinion.
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Beautiful thistle!  Also, being of Scot decent, I really love this piece. :w00t:
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African-Amber Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student General Artist
That's really incredible! :squee: How did you get it to look like it's inside the amber? Magic?
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Yorulla Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY SHIT THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! :heart: D8
HOW do you carve these!?
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Trinibini Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely gorgeous! It's actually that amazing :)
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Rufina-Tomoyo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
It is a very notorious work of carving. So organic.
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Fairyfoogoo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow it's amazing! Like you've magically frozen a thistle within a piece of amber... Very beautiful work! :D
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Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks just the way it should look. I could look at it for a long, long time and still not have enough.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww.. thank you! I know you have both the skill, eye and reference to know what you talk about, which makes me extra super proud! :hug:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's amazing :clap: & your not alone there ;)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
k you! .. And.. *sigh* .. I want to ho home.. Dear Alba..
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
*thank you, even! :)
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WalnutHill Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Magnificent!


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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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WalnutHill Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Entirely my pleasure!!!


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HookandKnot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
simply beautiful
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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CustomCookie Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This is gorgeous!
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:iconfairyfrog:
fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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RmacDhai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Really beautiful work.  That's a heirloom piece.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm going to premiere-wear it today.. :squee:
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your carvings never cease to amaze me! Wonderful!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
This really should be a royal gem in the Scottish Royal Jewels. :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are always so nice to me! :heart:
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MoonlightMoth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You've reached a level not many can. Congrats. :) Keep climbing. I see stuff like this go for hundreds. So glad I can watch you.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw. *blush* thank you! :hug:
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
This one is incredible. I would think carving a thistle is a bit harder than some other flowers.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Most people can identify a rose from a mile even when it's abstract.. the thistle was prickly and tricky, but I am so pleased!
Thank you! :)
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KenDo-RP Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Alba means sunrise :D That's so beautiful :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awww.. suitable, not only as the Gaelic name for Scotland, but also the tint of the amber, then! :)
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I'm absolutely sure that William Wallace would approve.
You will be envied.


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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww.. (I hope so! :)  ) Thank you!
I am thinking about making a couple of carvings and actually put them up for sale.. I should spend a few days doing it! Yes. I really should! (I keep saying that, don't I.. )
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
As long as you have your health, as my Jewish friend used to say.
I have no idea what the pertinence of that statement is, but I do know that you should just keep doing what you do, for as long as you can do it.  If that includes creating a few items you can sell, all the better.  If not... eh.


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dancing-wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
It's so beautiful!~ 
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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