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utah pigeon blood in the works

2012-06-06 - 7:32 a.m.

rough shaping utah pigeon blood agate
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shaping the utah pigeon blood agates

I've finally gotten around to starting work on my Utah Pigeon Blood Agate. I did a load of 60/90 in the rotary tumbler for, oh, I don't know, three weeks? Long enough to see where the shapes were going. In the black tray on the left, you can see stones as they came out of the tumbler. On the right, you can see them as I refined the shaping on the grinding wheel. They are not sanded or polished; they are just still damp from the wheel, which makes them look shiny. But I'm starting to see the potential here.

For reference, here is what raw, uncut Utah Pigeon Blood Agate looks like:

uncut utah pigeon blood agate

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