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How to remove your stone from a dop stick. Lapidary 101

Lapidary dop pot

How to remove your stone from a dop stick is often an overlooked technique when most people start learning lapidary work.

Learning this simple technique will spare you frustration in removing your stone from the dop stick.

cabochon on a dop stick for lapidary work
cabochon on a dop stick for lapidary work

When you cabochon-cut stones, you will use a dop stick to hold the stone.

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Let’s get stoned dude! 5 Top picks – jasper slabs for cabochons!

Moroccan Seam Jasper Agate lapidary slab

No, it’s not what you think.

5 Top picks – jasper slabs for cabochons!

We are getting stoned in the lapidary sense with jasper, agate, dinosaur bone, or whatever else pops up.

I am always on the lookout for new and cool stones to make cabochons. I look on Ebay, Amazon, Dealers, and any other source that may come up.


This is my list for you to check out on Ebay.

Get them before they are gone!

Just click on the picture and check them out.

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Lapidary 101 – How to use a slab saw to cut your rough jaspers, agates, and more.

Slab Saw Guy - How to use a slab saw

In this video, I will go over “Lapidary 101 – How to use a slab saw to cut your rough jaspers, agates, and more.”

If you are cutting jaspers, agates, dinosaur bone, or any other types of stones to make cabochons then you are going to run into this problem.

How do you cut larger stones into smaller pieces so that they are ready to be cut into cabochons?

Well, you are going to need a slab saw to cut them down to a manageable size.

I didn’t have a slab saw for years.

I would find beautiful stones but had no way to work with them.

So, I always think about them like the ones that got away.

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How to make a cabochon – Lapidary 101

kaleidoscope agate / jasper cabochon

How to make a cabochon – Lapidary 101


Cabochon cut stones are very popular in the world of jewelry.

It is a great way to show off the beauty in agates, Jaspers, and other gemstones.

In this video, I show you how to cut and polish a piece of jasper/agate.

I start with an 80 grit wheel and work the stone until I reach the 3000 grit wheel and then I will polish the stone.

I am cutting with a Cabking machine which is available on our website https://gotcharocks.com/cabking-lapid

Lapidary 101 – How to make a cabochon cut gemstone.

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