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HoleStone 09 by DonSimpson HoleStone 09 by DonSimpson
Pendant carved from a stream pebble. About one inch high and a half inch thick.

A honeycomb pattern of fourteen conical holes connects to a single interior space hollowed out through the holes. There is a hole (not connected to the interior chamber) through the top of the stone for a cord.

I often pack the interior chamber with a dark, absorbent material (such as black silk cord, or brown organic cotton fiber) that can be saturated with perfume or essential oil to use the pendant as a pomander. But I like this one as it is.
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RockBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Incredible... :omg:

With all the edges so nicely rounded, it looks... natural. As if stone carving bees have been at work.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
I occasionally think about small, cast-silver bees to go with some of the carvings.
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RockBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Oh - indeed, I believe that would work! :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Or maybe bronze, that's more bee-colored. :)
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RockBarnes Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
That's right, but "steel bees" may look more likely to hollow out stones ;) Hmm... different metals? There are some possibilities... ;)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
There are, indeed. Steel bees can be 3D printed now, though it's still pricey. But then, so is casting. :)
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steelraven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Wow, a very interesting piece.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Thank you. :)
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bananaprincess Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
A hollow pebble! Do they sometimes crack when you're hollowing them out, or are they pretty sturdy? What a cool concept, and I love the pattern.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
I've never had a stone crack from hollowing. Yet. :) I've had a couple that cracked from drilling, but I usually can tell what stones are tough enough and which aren't.
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JOCAPS Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Same comment + I imagine the vibes you charged this stone with, radiating through the holes, rather than oils fragrances...
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Hmmm. Sounds good to me. :)
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MutantZombie667 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Well done. Your stuff always looks so magical and natural.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
Thank you.
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LisaMarieRussell Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
reminds me of a crop circle---I like those, too!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
I like a lot of them (I bought one of the books on them with pictures and diagrams). I started a crop circle computer font, but haven't any plans to finish it.
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LisaMarieRussell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I'd like to find them based on the dates they appeared. Like your birthday.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Is there a data base of crop circles, with appearance dates?
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LisaMarieRussell Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
[link]



MMM homework- I LOVE searching the web..... stay tuned for more websites....
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
Link noted. Standing by.... :)
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
This is such an elegant piece, Don. What is your asking price for pieces like this?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
It varies. HoleStone 05 was very slow cutting, and complex; so I'll be pricing it at $50. This one I'd put at $35.
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Just checking, for now.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
I do a lot of that, myself.... :)
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animus-oculus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi. I like it very much. It´s interesting, I never thought about pendants to carry aromatic oils, but guess that´s what ancient people used to smell good on a date, hahaha.

See you Don :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
Or, in the days when sewers ran down the middle of the street, all traffic was horse-drawn, and people seldom bathed, it gave you something _good_ to smell. :) Aromatherapists use them today for the healing benefits of essential oil vapors. I have a bunch of essential oils that I use just because I like the smell.
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muirgheal85 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
how do you hollow out the stone?!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
After I made the holes I used a diamond burr that is about the size of the holes but is on a thinner shaft so I can move it around at the bottom of the holes to carve out the space. Since I made the holes conical, I can tilt the burr to carve out overlapping areas, so there ends up being just one chamber. It's tedious, but easier than it sounds.
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muirgheal85 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
very cool!
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