Carving a Patterned Stone

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Introduction: Carving a Patterned Stone

About: Just a German student who loves to build very different things from very different materials, especially those that other people have no use for.

This project is actually pretty simple. There are just a few steps but the result is wonderful.

Supplies

  • stone
  • rotary carving tool
  • bits
  • clear varnish

Step 1: Design

The basic design of the stone is different levels with waves/small steps on them.

Step 2: Carving Basic Shape

For the rough shape I used the disc bit and the big cylindric one. I carved everything one level down except the step I wanted to create. For the overlapping part in the middle I first carved with the ball shaped bits and cleaned all edges with the rod bits.

Step 3: Carving Detail

For the first level I went with a leaf design. With the cylindric bits I made a middle line and created the edges. The following steps are pretty much the same. The last level is a little bit more difficult but with time and small bits it's no problem.

Step 4: Finishing

I used some clear varnish to give the stone a beautiful shine. And it's done. Thanks for reading!

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    20 Comments

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    1 year ago

    Gosh, I've had my Dremel tool since forever and I can't believe I didn't try carving a stone! Good for you and you created a beautiful design on such a small object. I've watched others carve larger stones (like soapstone, jade, quartz) and sometimes they use a vice but then, the stones were WAY larger (about 6"-12") and the tools used were way larger, too. I'm going to have to try this now!

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Reply 12 months ago

    Thank you, I thought I carve a few small ones and see how it goes before ruining a larger bought stone. Good luck on your carving!

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    Reply 11 months ago

    How absolutely coincidental! An artist was moving and one of the tools he gave me was a dremel set! I can use this one specifically for carving stones. Excellent!

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    VladimirB8
    VladimirB8

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    How long does it take to carve this stone? Working time, but also whole time with breaks.

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Answer 12 months ago

    Hi, I don't know the exact times because I didn't carve it on one day. Working time was something like five to six hours and from start to finish a few days.

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    lorenkinzel
    lorenkinzel

    1 year ago

    The carving technique I can relate to, but what did you use to hold it still?

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hello lorenkinzel, I just held it in my hand. Because the table made a loud noise when I carved the stone on it, I put one knee up and held the stone onto it. Here's a picture for better understanding. (This sounds so unprofessional :) but it worked great)

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    jeff.sonsofliberty
    jeff.sonsofliberty

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    I am a wood carver and would like to try stone carving, Can you tell me how to choose a good rock for carving? My efforts so far have been discouraging. Did you carve this rock in water? I have never seen the rotary discs with the diamond disc before, where did you find those?

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi Jeff, I am not really an expert in stones, but I did a little research and I think the rock I used was a rounded limestone as found in riverbeds. I did not carve this stone in water, but it would help keeping the bit from overheating. I didn't need that because I made regular pauses. I bought the diamond disc bits in a set with a few other bits on amazon (you could search for "diamond bit set rotary tool" or something like that). Just keep trying! I think you just need the right materials to create a cool carving. Hope I could help, Maritha22

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    littlebadwren
    littlebadwren

    1 year ago

    Very beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    shalnachywyt
    shalnachywyt

    1 year ago

    I found a really nice stone that already had the suggestion of a face and decided to use my dremel to "enhance" the "image". Nearly broke the dremel. Finally decided to simply paint "eyes" and "lips" onto the stone.

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Reply 1 year ago

    That looks cool! Make sure to work really slow and make regulary pauses so the dremel can cool down.

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    JohnShute
    JohnShute

    Reply 1 year ago

    This has inspired me, thanks.

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    caitd3
    caitd3

    Question 1 year ago

    Stones are usually very hard. What kind of dremel bits did you use? Most of mine are way softer than the stone you carved....also what kind of stone was it. Soap stone is soft, but it is not very common.

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi!
    The bits I used are called diamond bits. You can get them pretty cheap on amazon or in local stores. Sorry, I have no idea what type of stone this is, I found it on a walk.

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    JohnShute
    JohnShute

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hello Caitd3.
    Most stores that sell Dremels can point you to some of the very hard bits they sell.

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    treymartin82
    treymartin82

    1 year ago

    What types of stone are best and what type of dremel bits are best?

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Nice job getting such clean lines :)

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    Maritha22
    Maritha22

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you