LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No. 102 - Monday April 7, 2003
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Topical Focus for This Week: TOURMALINE CUTTING CLINIC
Lets get some comments on cutting of both open and closed "C" axis
Index to Today's Digest
01 RE: Digital photography / Nikon 4500
02 RE: Carving Fire Agate
03 RE: Garnet Cutting Clinic
04 RE: Faceting crystal opal?
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Subject: Nikon 4500
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 21:59:51 EST
I just read Frank Romano's post to the list. I recently traded up from a Sony
Mavica digital camera to the Nikon Coolpix 4500. I too found that getting
proper lighting was still a problem, but my pics were much better than with
the old Sony. I went back to the camera shop where I bought my camera and for
under a $100.00 I picked up the Nikon SL-1 which is a ring of lights that
fits over the lens of the camera. It produces a nice diffused light. I shut
off the auto flash and get what I consider fairly good shots of my gem
stones. You can see some of them at qualitygemcutting .com The stone with
numbers nah### over 100 were taken with my new camera.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Subject: Carving Fire Agate
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003 02:10:40 -0600
From: "Pauly Sanders" <email@example.com>
Thanks Doug for a great tutorial on cutting fire agate. I'm anxious to
find the time to try some. The tip on examining with 10x really helped
as I now see the layers that you were talking about. Do you have a
recommendation on the size/shape of cutting/polishing mandrels/wheels?As
I will need to order some. I have a 10,000 rpm air die grinder. Will
this serve in place of a flex shaft??
Subject: Garnet Cut
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 10:55:45 -0600
From: "Wayne S. Barnett" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
During the garnet theme week John Wright presented a design that was
supposed to give garnets an extra kick in performance. I acquired a copy of
that pattern and cut a garnet following his directions. The stone turned
out great. The rough was a medium density Afghanistan garnet. The final
product was 8.5 mm across and about 3 carats. The light return was very
good, even in normal room light. The finish on this material was a bit of a
challenge as it was difficult to remove all of the pits. This was even
after a final cut/prepolish with a worn 1200 lap. Using a 3000 lap did not
after a solution as several of the facets became glazed over or poorly
polished and were difficult to cut. My final polishing solution was to use
50,000 diamond on tin with oil and a very sparse water drip. I do not know
why the water drip makes a difference but have found that it has helped in
other difficult polishing situations. I look forward to trying this cut on
a larger stone to see how well the performance stands up. The next time a
rough dealer comes to town I shall be looking for an appropriate piece to
test. I do not have a digital camera so can not quickly get a picture to be
Wayne in Houston
Subject: Faceting crystal opal?
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 20:42:27 -0400
To: Faceters and Lapidary Digest <email@example.com>
From: Dan Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Someone pointed out Phil Stonebrook's faceted crystal opal on the
www.qualitygemcutting.com site. The two I saw were beauts. Does
crystal opal cut any differently than fire opal. I would have assumed
fire opal would make a much better faceted stone than crystal opal
but these two are fantastic. I would have thought a tablet with two
opposing tables and a faceted girdle would be great for crystal
opal with it's play of color. It looks to me like you might want a
simple design that didn't overpower the play of color. Any comments
form our gurus?
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