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mexican crazy lace -- a re-cut that didn't quite get there

2011-01-04 - 4:15 p.m.

Did a fair amount of trimming today. I even trimmed what will eventually be a very large, maybe oversized Montana Blue Agate cabochon. I can't go much further without a grinding wheel but I did try. A few months ago, I traded for a Mexican Crazy Lace cabochon, mainly because I have a lot of the rough but had no way to get a polish on it, to show off what it's capable of. Well, the two pieces I swapped for turned out to have great polish but not very good shaping. Indeed, I suspect that they were cut on something very similar to my Gem Tech Opal Machine. I decided to see if I could re-shape the poorer of the two -- a chunky, rather dowdy-looking cut that had two large flat spots on top and a terrible not-oval, not rectangular shape. There's freeform, and there's shaping that screams, "I just gave up."

What I learned is that I will simply HAVE to have a 80 or so grinding wheel, or it takes forever, and eventually you lose your patience, and you don't care what it looks like. (I also noticed, what we already knew, which is that the plumbing gets the entire garage and the rock-cutter a little too wet, but DH already has plans to re-do the plumbing.) I whipped it into slightly better shape but eventually I ran out of steam and went ahead and put a quick polish back on top of it. It will need to be re-cut again, because it still doesn't have a proper dome and (even if nobody else can see them) I can see scratches on it. But it's somewhat improved, for now.

My next move? I really can't do much more cabbing without a way to get a decent shape/grind, so I'm going to back up and do some more trimming. Once I have about 50 stones in need of being dopped, I'll next move to the dopping stage.

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