All posts tagged "Light Lapidary"

  • Rock Tumbling 101 Revisited

    by Judy Ellis, Wire Jewelry Tip for July 18, 2014 Rock Tumbling 101 Revisited We are always getting great questions from readers, so today I thought I would re-visit an older post from our blog dealing...

    • Posted July 18, 2014
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  • Gem Profile Mar. 22: Cowrie Shells, Conch Shells, and Drilling Shells

    by Layna Palmer, Conch Shells, Cowries, and Shell Safety Shop Mother of Pearl Cabochons| Shop Shell Cameos | Shop Mother of Pearl Beads | Shop Mother of Pearl Carvings Conch Cameos and Engravings Conch (pronounced “konk”)...

    • Posted March 22, 2013
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  • Daily Wire Tip Sept. 29: Grooving Cabochons for Jewelry

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for September 29, 2011 Question: How do you drill gemstones around the edge to hold wire? I want to use teardrop stones that are flat on both sides and without holes to...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip August 23: Books for Identifying Rocks & Gems

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for August 23, 2011 Question: Hi, I was wondering what book(s) you would recommend buying to identify rocks and gemstones? Thank you. -Nikki in Brentwood, California Answer: Hi Nikki, oh my goodness!...

    • Posted August 22, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip July 21: What to Consider When Shopping for a Faceting Machine

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for July 21, 2011 Question: Hi Dale, I love rough stones and their look, but I also like them with facets, and polished. In regards to faceting machines, what seems to be...

    • Posted July 20, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Mar. 30: Tools for Drilling Cabochons

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for March 30, 2011 Question: I have some cabs that are relatively thin and I would like to know how to drill a hole in them to allow some different types of...

    • Posted March 29, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip Feb. 10: Spray Protectants for a Glossy Finish

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for February 10, 2011 Question: In the Rock Tumbling 101 tip, regarding tumbling and polishing slabs etc., you indicated using a "spray protectant." What type of protectant is this? I have not...

    • Posted February 9, 2011
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  • Daily Wire Tip: Adding Shine to Stones

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: I bought some rough cut slabs to wire at a bead show and now I don’t know how to make them shine. The colors and shapes are made for wiring, but...

    • Posted December 8, 2010
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  • Daily Wire Tip: Lapidary Saw Tips

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: I have some Amazonite nuggets about the size of a quarter, and I want to cut them in half to make cabochons. I can’t seem to find a lapidary around here,...

    • Posted November 9, 2010
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  • Daily Wire Tip: Dulling Sharp Stone Edges

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: Hi Dale, I have some flat cut rock that I would like to wrap as individual pendants. The rocks have sharp edges on the outside. Is there anything I can use,...

    • Posted November 4, 2010
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  • Daily Wire Tip Nov. 4: Kiwi Lapis and Chinese Turquoise

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for November 4, 2010 Question: What are Chinese Turquoise and Kiwi Lapis? My customers always ask me if this is “real” turquoise or “real” lapis, and I don’t know the answer. Thanks!...

    • Posted November 3, 2010
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  • Daily Wire Tip: Rock Tumbling 101

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: I recently bought some small slabs for wiring at a lapidary show that just need some shine put on them. I have a tumbler that I have never used. What do...

    • Posted October 11, 2010
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  • Daily Wire Tip Aug. 10: Identifying Rocks & Minerals

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip August 10, 2010 Question: I have been collecting rocks for a while, but I don’t know how to identify them. How can I learn how to identify the rocks I find? -Terri...

    • Posted August 9, 2010
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  • Daily Wire Tip: What Does Intarsia Mean?

    Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip Question: I’m curious. You mentioned that cabs can be used for intarsia. To me, intarsia is a knitting term. What is intarsia when applied to jewelry making? Answer: Yes, the term “intarsia”...

    • Posted June 9, 2010
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