This stone had little carving or shaping. I spent most of the time sanding and polishing it, to bring out the beautiful greens, browns, blues and whites. It is Mariposite. It is the largest stone I’ve worked on and was difficult to move into the sun, to have a better view of the colors. Am calling it Rainbow.
This is my latest creation from a block of orange alabaster stone from Colorado. I’ve taken longer on this piece than any previously, trying to get it to shine. The impressions (in case it’s not obvious) are supposed to be lily stems and petals. Here are some views and the spot in the house where it fits perfectly with the surrounding color.
This is from a block of limestone. I tried filling in the grooves I made in the rock with an orange/red puddie/paint, but it didn’t stick, so had to re-sand and leave as is. The shape emerged as I carved. The brown grains in the rock look good. Then used bees wax to polish and protect. It’s called Grainy Curves.
Here’s a piece I created from a Portoro marble block which came from an island near Carrara, Italy.
This is the first marble I’ve attempted, which is the hardest stone. I was told that black is the most difficult, as it tends to crack easily. I guess I was lucky, as this one had no problems.
It is also one of the first I’ve done that attempted to actually look like something specific and not just go with the flow of the stone and what came as it was happening.
I tried to drill a hole in the bottom and place it on another piece of marble and a different stone, as the base, but I don’t have tools to make a deep enough hole and I was afraid it would crack. I tried using glue, but it didn’t hold and came apart. When all is said and done, it looks better by itself anyway.
Hope you enjoy this latest attempt. I’m getting a little better each time. It’s called Black Fish Out of Water.
This is from a piece of blue Italian alabaster.
Thus, it is deemed Blue Picasso.
Carving by Gabriel Constans.
Views from 4 directions.
This is my latest formation of a piece of Italian white alabaster. I call it Ice Caves. It has manifested itself closely to what I envisioned. There are 6 different angles and distances from the stone (below).
The Ancestor Tree
I made this as a gift. It consists of a large sanded and polished piece of red granite, with a tree carved from Italian white ice alabaster. The tree is placed on top of the granite and can be turned in various directions, depending on one’s preference. The tree began as an attempt at an angel, but part of it broke off and revealed its true essence.
The rainbow light from the sun hitting the stone has a beautiful effect. You can see clearly through the stone when held up, though it was difficult to get such a shot without it being too bright.
Back to Back
These two rock creatures are stuck together like glue (actually with glue). I shaped them from a piece of Oregon river rock (granite) and orange fluorescent alabaster.
It is called Back To Back. Hope you enjoy the photos. They don’t quite bring out the clarity or grain as some close-ups would have done.
Easter Island’s Baby
This is a piece I just finished from a block of Mongolian black marble. It was the most difficult of anything I’ve done so far, in reference to sanding and getting all the nicks and scratches out of it. I’ve dubbed it Easter Island’s Baby.
Originally, I was going to have it coming out of the ground, like the sculptures on Easter Island, but it worked better and was more secure, springing forth from the pieces of white alabaster. I love the dark black contrasted with the white stone and the dark green pot.
The next carving is with some Italian white ice alabaster.
Hope these photos do this justice. I’m getting a little better with each stone.