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Burning Rose - amber reverse engraving - Intaglio

Kill your darlings! :D

This started as a regular-tinted piece of amber. A pale yellow topaz.
I heated it, engraved the motif, burned it a little, scorched it, set it on fire (whoops!), filed down the front and now I know how to darken to amber and make "windows" in it, to get paler roses than before, and how to tint parts of them to cognac.. Levelup! :D

30 x 20 mm, brooch-to-be.
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Sep 18, 2013, 11:49:51 PM
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MoonlightMoth's avatar
Eveqi's avatar
Congratulation to your leveling :D The result looks beautiful :aww:
skiesofchaos's avatar
There in is the magickal rose from Beauty and the beast. :D
child-of-aros's avatar
i didnt even know you could do all that to
WeirdWondrous's avatar
I heard you usually boil it in oil to get it darker. I used indirect heat instead, from the torch.
Natural amber got a quite pale yellow tint before treated, usually.
child-of-aros's avatar
ooh thats really interesting, i was under the impression different trees different colour but it makes much more sense for the amounts of dark amber you see in shops
WeirdWondrous's avatar
That is true as well. Dominican amber got a blur tint under blacklight. Baltic amber is green, and japanese mber is purple. There are many variations but the most commonly used is the baltic one and here in Sweden that's the easiest to get hold of. I have a fine piece of Dominican as well, that will be made into something special.
child-of-aros's avatar
i have one at home i was told was australian and its nearly black with red hues when held to the light

oooh cant wait to see
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