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This is a Christmas Tree Ornament that is made with a sea urchin shell. The shell has a large hole in the top and a smaller hole in the bottom. I made a large plug for the top and a smaller one for the bottom out of soap stone. I then made the top phenyl to accept a string to hang on the tree. The bottom phenyl was much harder to make as the soap stone will not tolerate much side pressure without breaking when it gets so thin. My only objection to this is that it is quite heavy to hang on the tree branch. It will bend it down somewhat.

I need to make some more as I have eleven more large shells like these and six smaller shells. The first one took me two days to figure out how to do it. Now that I know I can make one in about three hours.

This was a very fun project which resulted in a very unique item.

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Arthur, You are so right. That is a very unique ornament. Great job and very creative.
 

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Fantastic ornament. Have seen these shells in "the Woodturners Catalog" and was wondering if any would show up here this christmas. Great job on both the top and bottom sections. How hard is soap stone to turn?(other then wanting to break from side presure)

Keep up the great work.

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Soap Stone is quite soft so it is easy to turn. You can use wood turning tools but you have to sharpen them very often. The problem with turning soap stone and alabaster is the dust that comes with turning them. I will take some pictures of how I control a lot of the dust. My wife is always complaining about the dust coming into the house. I have replaced the furnace filter with a two inch filter that is designed to stop the fined dust particles. I just installed in this week so I will see if it really works.
 

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Very unique - I like it very much
 
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