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.
When you cabochon-cut stones, you will use a dop stick to hold the stone.
This dop stick behaves like a handle making it easy for the stone cutter and polisher to hold the stone at proper angles.
How do you remove the stone without covering it in wax?
This video answers that question!
You need a dop pot if you are going to do lapidary work. Work smarter not harder.
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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.
My first find is this sweet slab of rainforest jasper on Ebay. The concentrated patterning and color variations are beautiful.
Second find is Chinese Flower Stone Sagenitic Fluorite Slab. This is going to be a soft stone. So take your time cutting and polishing it. Don’t use too much pressure and you can use Zam metal polish to give it a great shine.
Number three is Bloody Basin Agate Slab Lapidary Rough. This is a really nice slab! It’s like looking at the sun. This is a hard stone and will produce a terrific polish.
Number 4 Moroccan Seam Jasper Agate lapidary slab. Well, do I need to explain this thing is on fire? Just pick a spot and make a cabochon. I don’t think you can go wrong.
Okay, this is the last one! Extra Dark Purple Lepidolite Lapidary Slab Rough Crystal Cabbing Specimen. I just loved the purple color in contrast with the white cream color.
I hope you enjoyed these stones. I can’t buy everything but I sure might try.
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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.Continue reading Lapidary 101 – How to use a slab saw to cut your rough jaspers, agates, and more.
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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This video is about how I have been using starboard adhesive with my lapidary work TO FILL IN CRACKS IN STONES. “Lapidary” meaning stone cutting and shaping. I am getting some really amazing results.
I have been using Starbond “BLACK MEDIUM THICK” to make opal doublets. As well as the Starboard adhesive “THIN” to stabilize stones. In this video, I go over the lapidary work I have been working on over the past week or so. If you have any questions just leave me a comment.
Here’s the information and my affiliate link to the Starbond adhesive. By using this link I will earn a small percentage at no extra cost to you.
In fact, you will save 10% when you use my coupon code. “gotcharocks”
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All the best, Michael
This video is about how I have been using starbond adhesive with my lapidary work.
“Lapidary” meaning stone cutting and shaping. I am getting some really amazing results.
I am throwing out the rule book on traditional lapidary work and I am combining different types of jaspers agate and dinosaur bone to make something very interesting.
I have been using Starbond “black medium thick” to make opal doublets. As well as the Starboard adhesive thin to stabilize stones. In this video I go over the lapidary work I have been working on over the past week or so.
Enjoy the video. 🙂
Here is the information and my affiliate link to the Starbond adhesive.
By using this link I will earn a small percentage at no extra cost to you.
In fact you will save 10% when you uses my coupon code. “gotcharocks”
If you are interested in a Cabking I can’t recommend them enough. In fact I liked them so much I became a dealer. Here is my link if you want to check them out.
If you have any question just leave me a comment.
All the best, Michael
This video is about how to set an amethyst in V prongs. This is a great way to set gemstones in pendants, rings and earrings. Prong setting V prongs can be challenging but if you focus on just one part of the mounting at a time it can be a little less challenging. In this video I quickly walk through how to set this stone in three V prongs. It does take a bit of patience. So take your time and make sure you have a nice well fitting seat for the stone.
All the best, Michael Seiler
I made this video to show you how to bezel and channel set gemstones in a ring. This video goes over all the steps you will need to get the stone setting job done right.
There are a few tools you may need to get in order to start this project. I’ll also help you understand what specific tools can increase your productivity.
I would suggest taking a few notes while you are watching the video.
Even better, subscribe to the channel so you know where to find it if you need a refresher.
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