Posted on Leave a comment

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.

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.

Here is my affiliate link to the one I use https://amzn.to/3fgJbM8

Posted on Leave a comment

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.

rainforest jasper slab
rainforest jasper slab

#1

My first find is this sweet slab of rainforest jasper on Ebay. The concentrated patterning and color variations are beautiful.

Chinese Flower Stone Sagenitic Fluorite Slab Lapidary Rough
Chinese Flower Stone Sagenitic Fluorite Slab Lapidary Rough

#2

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.

Bloody Basin Agate Slab Lapidary Rough
Bloody Basin Agate Slab Lapidary Rough

#3

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.

Moroccan Seam Jasper Agate lapidary slab

#4

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.

Extra Dark Purple Lepidolite Lapidary Slab Rough Crystal Cabbing Specimen

#5

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.

We are a participant in the Ebay Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn a small percentage by linking to Ebay.com and affiliated sites at no extra cost to you. 🙂

By following the links you help us grow this website to bring you more great information.

Posted on Leave a comment

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.

Continue reading Lapidary 101 – How to use a slab saw to cut your rough jaspers, agates, and more.
Posted on Leave a comment

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

Posted on Leave a comment

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

Posted on Leave a comment

How to cut and polish jade. Plus Lapidary tips!

How to cut and polish Jade

The first time I ever tried to cut and polish jade I really messed it up!

It has been many years since but I remember looking down at a piece of jade I had almost finished polishing and discovered something heart breaking. I had been working on this particular piece of jade for many hours and at the last step of the process I ruined it.

Or, so I thought at the time. Everything was going great. Sure, the grinding process took some time but I had made it through all my grinding wheels, starting with an 80 grit and working my way to a 1200 grit.

Then it happened. I over heated the jade and in a flash I had ruined the outer surface. The entire surface was covered with an orange peel type pattern. Two seconds before happened it was looking great.

I wish I knew then what I know now, (queue that Rod Stuart song). Turns out if you over heat jade during the polishing stage an orange peel type pattern will appear. Bummer!

So, I ground down the outside and tried polishing again. Guess what? I did it again. I was also using cerium oxide which I found out later is better for almost every other stone but jade. Sure, you can use it and maybe you’ll get it to come out but I found a better way.

I was watching some knife makers work on their knife handles and one guy was making a jade handle. I thought that was pretty cool and said something about the polishing of jade and how I never could get it to work out.

What he showed me made me laugh out loud. The fix to my problem was something that I used every day in the shop.

What was it? “Zam”. The same polishing compound I used to polish silver and gold.

I went home and tried it, being sure to keep it cool by dipping it in a glass of water every so often and just like that, the polish appeared and the orange peel pattern was gone!

Since then I haven’t had a problem and jade is one of my favorite stones to cut. Here is a video that walks you through how to cut jade into a basic cabochon.

Share this and all that jazz. Thanks a bunch!

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.