World Jade Symposium – Abundance

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

$375 | Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture ABUNDANCE by Kerry Jo Montoya, © 2014 Wyoming Nephrite Jade On Balsa Wood Pedestal 5” x 3.5” This is my sculpture entry into the World Jade Symposium 2014. When my first child was born there was a new love birthed that I’d never before experienced.  That love was deeper and more powerful than anything previously known.  It wasn’t until that point that I fully understood the Father’s sacrifice.  This sculpture is my visualization of that moment. I did not mount this piece as it...

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World Jade Symposium – Sculpture Creation

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture When I moved to a larger scale object I ran into more tool limitations. While I CAN do objects of this size with the tools I have it would be a lot faster and easier if I could have the bits available with 14″ & 18″ shanks. Until I get those, this is pretty much the limit of size for me. Here is the beginning piece of rough. It’s Nephrite Jade from Wyoming. I did not need to slab this as it was formed in a seam and so was already naturally ‘slabbed’. I...

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World Jade Symposium – Mercy Flows – Bronze Award!

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

$395| Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture Finally!  It’s finished!  I’m happy to announce that this entry won a Bronze Award at the 2014 World Jade Symposium! MERCY FLOWS by Kerry Jo Montoya, © 2014 My sin was paid With mighty throes Encased in jade His mercy flows Cross Pendant with .925 Sterling Silver Wrap & 16” Chain Wyoming Nephrite Jade, 72mm x 47 mm Lightning Ridge Black Opal 1.5 ct A few years ago I had a batch of potch & color from Lightning Ridge Australia.  While cutting into the parcel I...

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World Jade Symposium – Pendant Creation

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture I started with a slab of Wyoming Nephrite Jade and a black opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia.  I’d cut this opal a long time ago but at that point I didn’t have the setting skills required to use it.  I recognized this as a very special stone so I tucked it away for later use. Here’s the initial layout Here you see the pre-cut along side the planning sketch. And here is the initial preform. After this I proceed with the final revisions and grinding.  Click below on...

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World Jade Symposium – The Tools

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture As I began working on my jade I quickly discovered that my lack of tools was fast becoming a hindrance.  Bits only reach so far and provide even cutting an inch was beyond it’s limits.  Getting mass removal of material was going to take years it seemed.  So I began my search for tools.  Now, if money were no object this task would have been MUCH easier.  LoL  So I searched high & low, started down many paths only to find dead ends, but finally, FINALLY, I managed some...

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