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Cutting & polishing selenite
« on: March 10, 2018, 06:45:06 PM »

Hi everyone!

I'm brand new to the forum and new to crystals and rocks.  Been collecting for about 2 years and now selling some also.

I'm very interested in learning how to cut and polish selenite.  I have rough selenite sticks that I'd like to polish so that they are long and squared up on the sides.  And I have small, thin bricks that are already polished but I need to cut them in half length-wise so each one is 1/4" thick instead of 1/2" thick. 

I have not worked with any rocks, minerals or crystals like this so have no idea how to get the job done.  I've searched youtube and the web in general and can't seem to find any instructions or help.  I'm attaching pics of the selenite I'm working with.

Thank you!


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Re: Cutting & polishing selenite
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 05:48:54 AM »

You need to find a lapidary person or club.  They could show you how to do either cut or polish in a matter of minutes. Slicing the slab would be easy with a slab saw and the slab glued onto a wooden stub.  I'd bet you are within 30 minutes of someone who can solve your needs. 
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Re: Cutting & polishing selenite
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2018, 06:28:12 AM »

Selenite is very soft.  You should be able to polish it with plain sandpaper in increasingly finer grits until you get to polishing compound.  You can do this by hand, dry.

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Re: Cutting & polishing selenite
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2018, 01:35:02 PM »

You may be able to cut it with a hand saw or hawk saw
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