Carnelian Ruru – Steps

carnelian owl

*I’m still working on this piece.
Carnelian is such a wonderful stone visually it is always a joy to carve. I’ve been modifying and tightening up the way I carve Ruru in the last few Pounamu carvings so with the lockdown in progress it seemed like a good time to make one in Carnelian.

Like an onion Carnelian/Agate has layers. You often get cracks in the outer layers which are a stronger colour but don’t through the piece. It is a nice feature because it adds something visually but often doesn’t affect the strength of the piece.