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Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:45 am
by whitehunter
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 .

Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:28 pm
by zzeehan
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.

Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:05 pm
by drystone
hey zzeehan, those pictures are great! nice work with the faceting: the smokeys come up a treat: some nice golden flashes: keep 'em coming :)

Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:36 am
by blisters
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. :)

Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:58 pm
by zzeehan
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,
zzeehan.

Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:05 pm
by zzeehan
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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.

Re: Looking for a trim

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:18 pm
by zzeehan
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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.