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. 🙂
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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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.