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Four Piece Carved Sandstone Candle Holder Set

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This is how I made a set of four carved sandstone candle holders out of some stone that was left over after our fence was rebuilt after a big storm.

The full story behind the set can be found here.

Step 1: Cut the stone to length

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After deciding on a design the next stage is to set to work and actually turn the design into reality. The first step to achieve this was to rough cut the sandstone to the right length. This was done using nothing more than a standard $8 300mm rod saw.

Details about the Rod Saw can be found here

Step 2: Grind the Ends Flat

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Once the stone is roughly the right size, the next stage is to tidy up the ends so that they are flat. To do this I used a grinding bit with my Dremel High Speed Rotary Tool. The aim of doing this is to allow you to accurately mark out the design that is to be carved out.

Step 3: Mark Out the Design

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Mark out your design. To do this I used a high speed diamond bit with my Dremel but you could also use a marking pencil if you have one handy.

Step 4: Start the Carving Process

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The next job is to get out the rod saw again and remove as much waste material as possible. I did this by making a series of cuts that allowed me to snap out the resulting columns of waste rock. I could theoretically have done this using a diamond blade on the Dremel but to be honest I found it easier to use the hand saw.

Step 5: Grind Out the Design

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Now that the bulk of the waste material has been removed the next step is to go back to the Dremel using a course Silicone Carbide grinding wheel to tidy up the shape of the cut surfaces.

Step 6: Finnish the Surfaces

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Moving on from the rough grinding, I then changed to a finer Aluminum Oxide grinding stone to tidy up the surfaces and make sure all of the angles and curves were nice and smooth.
 
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chuckr442 years ago
Hi, I have a regular corded Dremel with t ypical grinding stones. Are these grinding stones fine for working with sandstone? Will I have to change them every 10 minutes when working with sandstone? They don't seem to last long when I grind metal.
crisheram3 years ago
Really, really nice!!!
rverma53 years ago
nice ...
Mrballeng3 years ago
My hat off to you. Great work!
chicopluma3 years ago
te quedaron geniales
so beautiful !!!!
galegus13 years ago
seria excelente que se pudiera traducir al español

saludos
galegus13 years ago
gracias por el articulo muy bueno
chabias3 years ago
Very nice! Got me itching to make some now.
Simples e muito bonito!
rosquillo3 years ago
Son preciosos. Me has dado una excelente idea para hacer los mismos candelabros en arcilla chamotada y cocerlos en mi horno. Gracias por el tutorial tan detallado y bien comentado.

They are beautiful. I'm going to make them but I'll use clay with sand firing them with my kiln. very good instructable.
debdegraeve3 years ago
These are really beautiful!
fdmjh (author) 3 years ago
Thanks for all the positive comments, I really appreciate them.
Matthew273 years ago
Very well done, nice smooth design that plays with light and shadows.

Please make sure you are wearing dust mask or better a Respirator to protect yourself from the fine dust while using power tools on Sandstone. A friend of mine who made large sandstone sculptures recently passed away due to his lungs being full of the sandstone dust after a few years of not wearing protection until it was way to late.
fdmjh (author)  Matthew273 years ago
Cheers, this is a really good point that I neglected to mention. Eye and dust protection are an absolute must, you really do end up covered from head to toe in fine dust and rock chips when carving like this.
Bernyk3 years ago
im totally making one of these to repair the delicate feelings of a female counterpart i've recently offended =S hopefully im as successful haha wish me luck =P

btw it should be apparent that i love your instructable thanks. =D
BrianJone53 years ago
I think your 'ible was as well done as the pieces themselves.
howdy4093 years ago
Very creative. I love them. That is what you call recycling beautifully.
beetlewing3 years ago
I hate instructables - they're so inspiring. Now I gotta go out and find some dang sandstone.

Thanks :)
trebory63 years ago
Where did you get the sand stones from? I think I could totally make some Fifth Element Stones like this.
fdmjh (author)  trebory63 years ago
The stones are actually left over from when our fence was rebuilt. We live on the side of a hill that is effectively one big lump of sandstone so the contractor had to drill out a series of holes to sink the fence posts into the rock. The round cores are the result.
These are stunning! Great work. :D
farzadbayan3 years ago
The holder shape design is awesome & Beautiful!
capricorn3 years ago
beautiful, just beautiful :)

Thanks for sharing