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Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« on: January 14, 2022, 04:56:36 PM »

Thank goodness for some bad weather, sort of. Anyway, finally sat down and started cutting again. This is a cabochon I dug on my claim Fantasy Plume claim years ago. Huge central pocket of druzy agate. Only wish I was a better photographer.
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 05:31:01 PM »

That is a beauty Neal!
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2022, 06:47:55 AM »

With material and cutting like that, your photo looks plenty good. 

Must be a great feeling to know you brought it out into the light, and then did the cutting to really let it shine!

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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 01:29:45 PM »

That's a real beauty!
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2022, 10:00:46 AM »

That is a great cab!
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2022, 11:35:35 PM »

Interesting material, well cut!  It would be nice to also see it from a different angle, where girdle is visible.
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2022, 04:44:20 PM »

Sirius:   Yep, more pics is better.
     I have started to cut more cabochons with flat tops. WHY:   Well, I am afraid to lose any of the picture by doming the top. In this case with the Druzy I was concerned with the integrity and strength of the cabochon. So here is a couple pictures.
   I am also going to post some cabochons I am working on now that will have flat tops. My personal preference is for domed tops with hand cut and hand polished work, no tumbling....
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2022, 08:46:22 PM »

I like this one. It's a top notch piece.

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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2022, 09:34:20 PM »

Even more impressive now that we see the profile! Cleaning the polishing paste out of those pockets would be quite a challenge, so I assume you used bonded diamond all the way...?
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Re: Plume Agate with Druzy cabochon
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2022, 04:10:16 PM »

No polishing paste!!!  Okay, I hate to say how I get my finish but it is not a secret. But many people will say I am a bit ... well you know... wrong would be the polite word.

   I do my final polish on some stones with a very old, very worn, 12,000 grit NOVA Diamond Wheel. At most a quick spray of water if there is any heat. It is usually not as good as what I get on a Richardson's Wheel polisher but sometimes it is even better.

Did I mention JADE:   I also do a final polish on Nephrite Jade with a dry 12,000 Nova Wheel. Blistering finish with no dimples. Sorry Michael, not even a little spit, but I will not argue with your technique getting great results.
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