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How to cut opals with a trim saw 101

Cutting Opal doublets with a Hi-Tech Trim saw

How to cut opals with a trim saw 101

Hey everyone! Hope you are doing well. I shot a short video showing how I cut opal doublets with a lapidary trim saw. Pay attention to the time it takes for the saw to cut the stone. One of the biggest problems I see when people start out cutting stones in the lapidary field is that they put too much pressure on the stone when pushing it into the saw blade.

I will be doing a video later on how to create a cabochon after this timing process.

I am using a Hi-Tech 6″ trim saw. Here is my affiliate link to the saw on amazon. By following this link you will help me create more how-to videos like this one. A very small percentage of the sales will go toward supporting me and the channel at no extra cost to you. Thank you for the support. 🙂

If you have any questions just let me know and I will do my best to get back to you.

All the best,

Michael Seiler

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


Hello everyone, 

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

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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.

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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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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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