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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.

Here is an affiliate link to the Cabking machine. https://amzn.to/3dcmHuh

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How to fill in the cracks in cabochon cut stones when doing lapidary work

Gemstones

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

https://www.starbond.com?rfsn=2506439.e32dfe

Coupon code for 10% off – gotcharocks

If you are interested in a Cabking lapidary machine I can’t recommend them enough.

Cabking Machine affiliate – https://amzn.to/3eDlZI1

All the best, Michael

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Lapidary – How to combine gemstones and make opal doublets using Starbond adhesive.

Lapidary

Hello everyone, 

This video is about how I have been using starboard 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. 

https://www.starbond.com?rfsn=2506439.e32dfe

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

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How to set a gemstone in V prongs

How to set gemstones in prongs

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

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Free video! How to bezel and channel set gemstones!

bezel and channel setting gemstones

Hello everyone!

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.

Click read more to see the video

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Great Book! Professional Jewelry Making. Feed A Cat.

Cat in a sink at the vet

I found this book on amazon and thought you might be interested in checking it out. Professional Jewelry Making by Alan Revere, Tim McCreight, George McLean and Emiko oye.

I was looking around on Amazon for new and used tools as I often do and I found this book. It’s a good one!

Normally it can cost you around a $100 bucks but it looks like they have a few copies for around $50 bucks. I also noticed there is a digital book as well for $9.99. I haven’t bought the digital book however the reviews look good. This may be a way to get this book if you are on a budget.

Professional Jewelry Making is a must have for any metalsmith. It was put together by the leading purveyors of the craft in the parlance of our times. This book runs through almost everything you need to know with fantastic technical illustrations. Anyway, it’s a great book. I highly recommend it.

Get the deals while they last, strike while the iron is hot, a bird in the hand is better than one in the bush and what the heck one more, don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Okay the last one didn’t really fit. 🙂

Here is a link to my affiliate products. THE BOOK If you so choose to follow this link I will earn a small commission that helps me to keep this site up and running, make videos and lots of other stuff. You will also help to feed this cat.

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Silver Soldering Basics – How much silver or gold solder should you use for jewelry making?

Silver Soldering Basics - How much silver and gold solder should you uses?

How much solder or gold solder should you use for jewelry making?

This is a question that comes up in every class I’ve taught. How much is too much? The true answer is that less is better.

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Are you using the right Fire Coating for Soldering?

How to make boric acid fire coating for soldering jewelry

Prevent fire scale from forming on your jewelry after you solder.

One of the best ways to prevent fire scale is to mix a fire coating that you will dip your jewelry into before soldering. It is made up of boric acid and isopropyl alcohol. In the past people would use denatured alcohol.

Please be advised denatured alcohol can be dangerous. When it is burned, breathing in the toxic fumes is very hard for your body to process. Over time the toxins can build up in your system and cause serious health issues.

This is why I use 91 proof isopropyl alcohol. It burns clean and is much less dangerous. That’s my little health tip.

Here are my recipes for the fire coating mix.

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How to repair gold prong tips on a diamond ring.

Gold prong tip repair

This video is about how to repair prong tips on a diamond and gold ring!

In this video I walk you through how to fix prong tips. This is a step by step jewelry repair tutorial along with some great tips on what to do as a goldsmith and bench jeweler.

Below is a link to a free pdf jeweler bench tool lists. There are many different techniques with jewelry repair and if you are new to this information seek out a professional for advice.

There are risks to trying these techniques. So only try this at your own risk. If you have any questions or comments leave them below.

Here is the link to the tools: https://gotcharocks.com/product/bezel-setting-tool-list/

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