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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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