Lincoln Silver Dollar carving

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Lincoln Silver Dollar carving and cameo

IMG_5307 (640x612).jpg Here's a carving for your viewing. The depth is extreme, using about 90% of available material thickness at the deepest point. I have done Lincoln before, including this view, but the silver dollar is a first for me in this case. Tools used were chisels, rotary, gravers, punches and stones. As my eyes are not what they used to be, I use the optivisors less and the scope more. One more attached, a cameo. IMG_0158 (640x507) (640x507).jpg New photo of a bridge for gravers.
 

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Holy crow Steve! These are magnificent! Some of your best work ever. As usual, they look as if they were minted with these designs. We've missed your postings, so don't be such a stranger!
 

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Roger,
Lincoln took almost five days. That may seem like a long time , I don't know. I have nothing to compare it to with other carvers. The photo does not show the true depth, believe me, it is deep! The hardest part for me was to engrave in the deep areas without scratching up the pillars. I used a bridge quite a bit for the gravers as well as burs with a rotary tool.
 

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Somehow the word carving used in conjunction with your work just doesn't seem right. :tiphat:
 

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EXTRAORDINARY in describing those is an understatement! Absolutely beautiful carving. It is a pleasure to see your work Steve.

Thanks for posting them.
 

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I do use a bead blaster with broken down glass bead. The finish on the cameo is due to this. Often I highlight after the blast. If you want finer yet, try a soda blast.
 

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Thanks for sharing Steve. Also thanks for the answer and pointer on bead blaster. Another question if you don't mind..... What did you mean by "using a bridge" with the graves and rotary?
 

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Axeman,
I inserted another photo with the other two at the beginning of the thread. It shows a bridge and how I use it. It is basically a ring ( sometimes with a handle ) with grooves in it to support and slide the graver in. It acts like a fulcrum, and is really good for steep angles. I did not use this with the rotary tool, sorry I wasn't specific.
 
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