Looking for a trim

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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby whitehunter » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:45 am

While i am not into gem stones i really enjoy looking at the pics of these beauty's ! Surprising to me that the smokey quartz comes up so good , i feel a bit sad at throwing some big lumps aside in the past . Also enjoyed the beautiful stones on display at our recent PMAT Lisle field day . Keep the pics coming , thanks .

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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby zzeehan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:28 pm

Yes, smokey quartz can come up real nice, I find the Opposed Bar cuts and Check Square cuts particularly effective. I am just getting used to my new macro lens camera, so I will keep posting more pics as I learn the best settings.

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More smokey.
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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby drystone » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:05 pm

hey zzeehan, those pictures are great! nice work with the faceting: the smokeys come up a treat: some nice golden flashes: keep 'em coming :)

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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby blisters » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:36 am

Hi Zzeehan. You're doing some fine justice to all those stones and i envy your capabilities in being able to do so!
In one of your earlier posts to digginhard, you mentioned 'apprentice ' in cutting terms and im just wondering where and how long you have been learning the art for and is that one of those faceting machines from the usa?
There's not a lot of info on our forum from people that can cut stones and would be good to see more! Cheers. :)

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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby zzeehan » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:58 pm

Hi blisters,

Thanks for the feedback.
I have only been faceting for about 12 months. However, having said this, I am a very quick learner when it comes to precision techniques and methods. I have cut my teeth doing other detailed work such as jewellery making as a hobby for many years, and a while back I manufactured miniature hearing aids for a living including soldering under a microscope.
I am self-taught 100% in faceting, and whilst ideally I would have liked someone to learn from, I found much useful information and instructional video online which has usually got me out of trouble. I cut almost entirely Jeff Graham facet designs, I like them and they exhibit superior light return.
My machine is a Facetron that I purchased from the good people at Aussie Sapphire, they import them from the USA. I am happy with it so far, and I also like the fact that there is a lot of info online regarding the machine, with spare parts readily available.
I am working towards making cutting, combined with a little gold jewellery my living, feel free to post any more questions as I have had quite an interesting journey already that I don't mind sharing,
Cheers,
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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby zzeehan » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:05 pm

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Gem porn of the week: Tanzanian (not Tasmanian, lol) cut zircon from earlier in the thread, and some source rough for reference.
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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby zzeehan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:18 pm

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A blue tourmaline crystal I recently cut: Diag-nal 1.50 - Reflector design. Lots of inclusions, but they make a nice "garden". Cut stone weighs 5.7ct.
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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby zzeehan » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:39 pm

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A selection of gems from the Weld River
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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby blisters » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:40 am

Nice one Zzeehan. Have you had a crack at cutting any topaz. Ive heard that its a little bit tricky to cut. We just got back our first lot of stones from lamberts in thailand. We sent a pack of smaller stones to to ' test the waters ' so to speak, and they only cut and cabbed the eye clean ones for us and we were pleased with the overall outcome. About to send off some little bit larger ones for the same process. Boy the river and creek waters are starting to get warm now! :lol: A couple of not so good pics of some of the stones we got cut.
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Re: Looking for a trim

Postby zzeehan » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:47 pm

Hi Blisters,

I have cut plenty of topaz and find it very user-friendly, despite its reputation as troublesome due to the cleavage. I find it easier than quartz as it seems far less brittle, especially on sharp corners of square stones etc. The main difference is the final polish for topaz, I use diamond 60K grit (looking to try 100K) as cerium oxide and aluminium oxide don't work for me. I tend to cut large topaz if I bother, in unusual designs if I can.
Like the stones you got cut in Thailand, quite a haul! Will you get some jewellery made?
Wife and I plan to get in those creeks over summer, she's buying a wetsuit so she must be keen, lol.
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