Large stone DIY charm carving blanks of Dracocite

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Beautiful carving blanks of natural Dracocite healing stone. Polished so you can see what your stone will look like when you finish your own carving. The first two pictures show the fronts and backs of the available pieces. The third picture posted is just a sampling of what you can do with this stone. Five to choose from, A, B, C, D, or E.

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Please watch our stone carving DIY videos on YouTube and let the Beastmaster show you how easy it is to carve Dracocite with amazing results!

https://youtu.be/659Y4C2PVtl Stone Carving 100
https://youtu.be/383YSOpHzgE Stone Carving 101

In Stone Carving 100, he carves a dragon scale charm with only hand tools and a drill. In Stone Carving 101, he carves a charm using a dremel type flex shaft and emery paper. Each charm took only about fifteen minutes, start to finish!

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Dracocite is a local name for a rare and unusual rock type which is composed mainly of the mineral brucite. It is not a mineral name. Dracocite is not only beautiful but is attributed with many healing qualities, both medical and metaphysical. Its main mineral brucite has an extremely high magnesium content and is said to impart a soothing and destressing effect upon the wearer or handler as well as many other beneficial qualities for mind and nervous system health. Search "brucite healing stone" - it's so unusual not all metaphysical sites even mention it, and many confuse it with related minerals. A more familiar form of brucite is milk of magnesia, used in traditional medicine as an over the counter drug. Please read on or visit our "about this shop" section to learn more about Dracocite, its properties and what makes it such a special stone.

Just the act of carving dracocite is calming, almost Zen like. It has the instantly warm and friendly feel and color range of jade. Dracocite's one of those things you just can't quite describe because there's nothing to really equate it to, and no one has seen nor experienced it. You have to hold a piece in your hand to appreciate it. We'd like to offer a free sample if we've piqued your interest. Just start a conversation, tell us why you're interested and let us know where to send it - US only please.

Dracocite: The brucite component of dracocite (85-99%) exhibits a massive habit, allowing a high polish to be imparted to the stone. Brucite has a mohs hardness of 2.5 - 3, which makes it just harder than your fingernail, much harder than soapstone, alabaster, or selenite but not quite as hard as marble, onyx, calcite or some serpentines. The same characteristics that allow it to be easily carved and polished can also make it easily scratched by hard sharp objects, so reasonable care must be taken when utilizing functional art made from dracocite. The crystal habit of brucite makes itself evident in some dracocite by imparting a "grain" direction to both the visual pattern and variable hardness, very similar to hardwood. It does not cleave easily, and the same habit adds a tenacity akin to that of jade, allowing great detail in carving and the ability to polish well. Dracocite is not suitable as an outdoor decorative stone due to brucite Mg(OH)2 weathering through carbon dioxide sequestration along with water to form a white coating of hydromagnesite Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·4H2O. Polishing and handling prevents this, especially with jewelry. Other minerals may be encountered, some harder than brucite, evident mostly as inclusions and thin vein fillings and may include antigorite, aragonite, calcite, chlorite, dolomite, hematite, lizardite, magnesite, magnetite, pyrite and quartz.

Carving Tips: For most stones, grit steps can be skipped, ie: rough cut >150 >220 >320 >400 >buff with plastic/precious metal compound or manicure buff. Let your sandpaper load up when nearing the end of a step to reduce depth of scratches. I keep both new sandpaper and well used grits handy. Break in new sandpaper by pulling it (grit up) over an edge of your workbench in two directions at right angles. This breaks the glue's stiffness. Before using the first time lightly rub two pieces of same grit sandpaper, grits together, to knock off high pieces of grit that will leave deep scratches. My favorite tool is a popsicle stick with sandpaper wrapped over one edge, covering both sides, adhered with thin double sided foam tape. Cut your sandpaper with a razor knife from the back side, using just enough pressure to cut through the backing paper. Label the stick with the grit and notes ("used" "320" etc.). A manicure buffing stick from the dollar store will give you that shine following the 400 grit. Alternatively, use 0000 steel wool for a wonderful satin finish, then lightly oil with mineral oil and buff with soft rag. Harder minerals in some dracocite can interfere with achieving a perfectly flat mirror shine, but can lend to a more tactile and "natural" finish. A double polishing technique whereby the harder prominent grains are leveled and repolished usually works if difficulties are encountered. The Beastmaster is always available to answer questions!

Safety: Always observe proper safety precautions when carving stone! This includes respiratory protection and proper ventilation - rock dust of any type can be dangerous. We carefully screen all pieces offered for sale as carving stone to ensure the absence of visual amounts of chrysotile asbestos, a serpentine mineral whose dust is known to be a health hazard. It is known to rarely occur in association with dracocite in certain specimens showing post-metamorphic fault slip zones. The temperatures of formation of dracocite and its mother rock magnesite are thought to have been insufficient alone to form chrysotile asbestos. If buyer feels there may be chrysotile in a carving blank purchased from us, we will replace stone or refund purchase price including return shipping (see store policy). We assume no responsibility otherwise for mineral content of dracocite. Brucite is not listed as hazardous nor toxic by the FDA on Mg(OH)2 MSDS, and does not possess the more serious inhalation hazards of silicate minerals, especially asbestos, according to published studies. Being a mild alkali but with low solubility, brucite dust can cause mild skin, eye and mucous membrane irritation. It does not generally cause skin irritation by contact when polished. If ingested in sufficient quantities, brucite dust may cause gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea (see warnings for milk of magnesia).


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Dracocite is a colloquial name for a rare and unusual rock type which is composed mainly of the mineral brucite. Literally translated, it is "The Stone of the Dragon". Dracocite is not a mineral name. Dracocite is a unique natural stone in that it alters via carbon sequestration by absorbing carbon dioxide and water, actively and on a human time scale, not geologic. These traits make ours the only true natural carbon sink jewelry and carbon sink sculpture available and the logical choice for true eco art that's a step above the rest. It is definitely the best choice for hand carved stone massage, relaxation and meditation tools because of its unique characteristics. Please read our other FAQ to learn more.

Dracocite's constituent minerals are attributed with both medical and metaphysical healing stone qualities. It has that instantly warm and friendly feel of jade due to its low thermal conductivity, making it the perfect stone for the best massage tools and massage stones. The main mineral brucite has an extremely high magnesium content and is said to impart a natural calming effect upon the wearer or handler along with many other benefits to mind and nervous system health as well. Search "brucite healing stone" - it's so unusual most metaphysical sites don't mention it or confuse it with other minerals such as magnesite. Milk of magnesia is chemically identical to brucite.

Dracocite is not suitable as an outdoor decorative stone due to it being a natural carbon sink stone. Brucite [Mg(OH)2] alters to hydromagnesite [Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·4H2O] through active carbon dioxide sequestration when exposed to the weather, forming a white rind. Polishing and frequent handling prevents this, especially with jewelry. Our line of eCO2 Oblivion Art highlights the plight of global warming endangered species using this carbon sink stone as the medium, and we often leave some natural weathering rind on pieces of art to highlight the problem of global warming.

Dracocite is much harder than soapstone, ranging from the hardness of alabaster to that of onyx. Crystal habits can impart a "grain" to the visual patterns It does not break easily, allowing great detail in carving and the ability to polish well. Dracocite compares favorably with the famous Xiu Jade of China. Unlike jade, the orientation of reflective layers within the sometimes translucent dracocite can produce effects ranging from chatoyant shimmers to sparkles and flashes of reflected light, traits rarely found in other translucent stones. Dracocite may mimic other stones including Seraphinite, jade, marble, alabaster, and serpentinite, or even a piece of petrified wood. It is truly a chameleon of geology.

The same characteristics that allow dracocite to be easily carved and polished can also allow it to be scratched by hard sharp objects, so reasonable care must be taken when designing and/or utilizing functional art made from dracocite. Refinishing can easily be accomplished with a manicure set. Repairs can be accomplished with superglue or epoxy, both which bond well (not recommended for smokers art that is to be used). Frequent handling is good for the stone, but care must be used not to expose it to acids or acidic environments. Rubbing with light oils can increase translucency and help prevent the CO2 sequestration process.

We love carving dracocite. It's calming, almost Zen like, for more than the reason of manual occupation. We don't often get that effect with other stone. Dracocite's one of those things you just can't quite describe because there's nothing to really equate it to, and virtually no one has seen nor experienced it. You have to hold a piece in your hand to appreciate it. Be sure to zoom in on our photos and explore its beauty. We'd like to offer a free sample if we've piqued your interest. Just start a conversation with us, tell us why you're interested and let us know where to send it - US only please.

If you can't locate an item you've seen here before, even in the "sold" listings, there's a good chance the listing for that item is deactivated as we rotate our stock to keep it fresh. Start a conversation with us and ask - we're always happy to help!

If you're looking for a hard-to-find item, maybe we can help! We certainly do requests if they're within the scope of our multivarious and expansive capabilities, or may be able to direct you to where you need to go. Just ask! Personalized hand engraved stone carvings of Dracocite are our specialty but we also work in leather, wood and metal (precious and non-precious) as well as semi-precious stone. Minimalist pen and ink or inked hand engravings are also available. All our artwork is always original and we work closely with our clients!

Not Dracocite! Watch our DIY videos on YouTube and let the Beastmaster show you how easy it is to carve Dracocite using simple tools with amazing results! In Stone Carving 100 https://youtu.be/659Y4C2PVtl, he carves a dragon scale charm with only hand tools and a drill. In Stone Carving 101 https://youtu.be/383YSOpHzgE, he carves a charm using a dremel type flex shaft and emery paper. Each charm took less than a half hour, start to finish! At Neolithia, we put Lapidary in Your Lap!

Dracocite is the name of a stone and is not a rock type nor a mineral name. Named by the original miners, it was discovered in 1898 but the deposit turned out to be smaller than anticipated and was mined out by 1903, so little if anything was ever written about it. Stone scraps from the mill of the same vintage and scree nuggets are all that remain, all safely in our old collection. What remained on the mountain has since weathered away through erosion by carbon sequestration.

Dracocite is a colloquial name for a rare and unusual rock type which is composed mainly of the mineral brucite. Literally translated, it is "The Stone of the Dragon". Dracocite is not a mineral name. Dracocite is a unique natural stone in that it alters via carbon sequestration by absorbing carbon dioxide and water, actively and on a human time scale, not geologic. These traits make ours the only true natural carbon sink jewelry and carbon sink sculpture available and the logical choice for true eco art that's a step above the rest. It is definitely the best choice for hand carved stone massage, relaxation and meditation tools because of its unique characteristics. Please read our other FAQ to learn more.

Dracocite's constituent minerals are attributed with both medical and metaphysical healing stone qualities. It has that instantly warm and friendly feel of jade due to its low thermal conductivity, making it the perfect stone for the best massage tools and massage stones. The main mineral brucite has an extremely high magnesium content and is said to impart a natural calming effect upon the wearer or handler along with many other benefits to mind and nervous system health as well. Search "brucite healing stone" - it's so unusual most metaphysical sites don't mention it or confuse it with other minerals such as magnesite. Milk of magnesia is chemically identical to brucite.

Dracocite is not suitable as an outdoor decorative stone due to it being a natural carbon sink stone. Brucite [Mg(OH)2] alters to hydromagnesite [Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·4H2O] through active carbon dioxide sequestration when exposed to the weather, forming a white rind. Polishing and frequent handling prevents this, especially with jewelry. Our line of eCO2 Oblivion Art highlights the plight of global warming endangered species using this carbon sink stone as the medium, and we often leave some natural weathering rind on pieces of art to highlight the problem of global warming.

Dracocite is much harder than soapstone, ranging from the hardness of alabaster to that of onyx. Crystal habits can impart a "grain" to the visual patterns It does not break easily, allowing great detail in carving and the ability to polish well. Dracocite compares favorably with the famous Xiu Jade of China. Unlike jade, the orientation of reflective layers within the sometimes translucent dracocite can produce effects ranging from chatoyant shimmers to sparkles and flashes of reflected light, traits rarely found in other translucent stones. Dracocite may mimic other stones including Seraphinite, jade, marble, alabaster, and serpentinite, or even a piece of petrified wood. It is truly a chameleon of geology.

The same characteristics that allow dracocite to be easily carved and polished can also allow it to be scratched by hard sharp objects, so reasonable care must be taken when designing and/or utilizing functional art made from dracocite. Refinishing can easily be accomplished with a manicure set. Repairs can be accomplished with superglue or epoxy, both which bond well (not recommended for smokers art that is to be used). Frequent handling is good for the stone, but care must be used not to expose it to acids or acidic environments. Rubbing with light oils can increase translucency and help prevent the CO2 sequestration process.

We love carving dracocite. It's calming, almost Zen like, for more than the reason of manual occupation. We don't often get that effect with other stone. Dracocite's one of those things you just can't quite describe because there's nothing to really equate it to, and virtually no one has seen nor experienced it. You have to hold a piece in your hand to appreciate it. Be sure to zoom in on our photos and explore its beauty. We'd like to offer a free sample if we've piqued your interest. Just start a conversation with us, tell us why you're interested and let us know where to send it - US only please.

If you can't locate an item you've seen here before, even in the "sold" listings, there's a good chance the listing for that item is deactivated as we rotate our stock to keep it fresh. Start a conversation with us and ask - we're always happy to help!

If you're looking for a hard-to-find item, maybe we can help! We certainly do requests if they're within the scope of our multivarious and expansive capabilities, or may be able to direct you to where you need to go. Just ask! Personalized hand engraved stone carvings of Dracocite are our specialty but we also work in leather, wood and metal (precious and non-precious) as well as semi-precious stone. Minimalist pen and ink or inked hand engravings are also available. All our artwork is always original and we work closely with our clients!

Not Dracocite! Watch our DIY videos on YouTube and let the Beastmaster show you how easy it is to carve Dracocite using simple tools with amazing results! In Stone Carving 100 https://youtu.be/659Y4C2PVtl, he carves a dragon scale charm with only hand tools and a drill. In Stone Carving 101 https://youtu.be/383YSOpHzgE, he carves a charm using a dremel type flex shaft and emery paper. Each charm took less than a half hour, start to finish! At Neolithia, we put Lapidary in Your Lap!

Dracocite is the name of a stone and is not a rock type nor a mineral name. Named by the original miners, it was discovered in 1898 but the deposit turned out to be smaller than anticipated and was mined out by 1903, so little if anything was ever written about it. Stone scraps from the mill of the same vintage and scree nuggets are all that remain, all safely in our old collection. What remained on the mountain has since weathered away through erosion by carbon sequestration.


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