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How to Hand Cut a Fused Glass Puddle Cabochon

Cutting a Puddle Cabochon

In this cabochon cutting tutorial, I’ll be cutting a puddle cabochon into an oval shape.

Being a puddle cabochon its shape is irregular and I need a cabochon that is a uniform oval shape and size. Mainly because I want to set it into a symmetrical oval low-sided bezel setting. If I was happy to make a custom setting with high sides, I wouldn’t need to do this, but that’s not the aim here.

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Will this cabochon cut well? Jewellery Cabochon Cutting

Cabochon Tutorial

Will, it cut well? In this cabochon tutorial, I have an interesting but odd-shaped piece that I think will cut a nice cabochon. It is a bi-colour piece of rough with a deep rich blue and a golden pattern with flashes of green. It does have a couple of bubbles but nothing I think will be a problem.

It would be best as a cushion shape, but I think it will be an oval. Have a look to see what happens as I cut it.

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Dop Sticks – Why and How We Use Them

Dop Sticks

Using Dop Sticks used for holding gemstones and other materials while grinding, shaping, and polishing is a practice that has been around for many, many years. But still, there is a little misunderstanding about why we use them and how to use them.

Hopefully, in this video, I can shed some light on the subject. While I am not a seasoned lapidary, I have been using them for quite a while cutting Jefanite™ and other materials, and have developed a technique that I believe can be easily adopted by anybody.

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Oval Cabochon Cutting from Blue Green Jefanite

Cabochon Cutting

This cabochon tutorial didn’t quite work out as I had hoped. The final stone was a little disappointing but still worth saving.

The rough piece looked great, though a couple of bubbles did make the cutting a little interesting.

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Cutting a Multicolour Cushion Cabochon

Cushion Cut Cabochon

In this cabochon tutorial, I’m cutting a nice multicolour piece of Jefanite into a rectangular cushion shape.

The piece has a good play of colour and in the hand is far better than in the video. While there are just a few hints of red, there are numerous other colours that make this a real collectable piece. Which is probably what will happen with it. It’ll go into my collection.

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Tour of My Equipment

Studio Tour

Recently, I’ve received a number of questions about the equipment I use and how I have it set up. So in this video I give you a little tour of my studio, and in particular the equipment I use when cutting and polishing cabochons, both Jefanite and glass art cabochons.

You will see that I have tried to find second-hand equipment where possible, and have recycled materials that I already own or have found in second-hand stores.

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Cutting a Round Cabochon from Red Jefanite™

Cabochon Cutting Tutorial

This video tutorial on cutting cabochons started with an experimental piece of red Jefanite™. I wasn’t really sure how it would go but had to try. You will see that during the cutting I was not very confident about the outcome.

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Cutting a Round Gold / Green Jefanite Cabochon

Cabochon Cutting Video

In this video tutorial on cutting cabochons, I’m cutting a nice gold green piece of Jefanite™ into a round cabochon.

The piece has a real depth of structure that can make it a little challenging. Only in that, I don’t want to lose too much material and want to maximise the end result.

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Cutting a Blue / Gold Jefanite Oval Cabochon

Blue Gold Cabochon

This is the first in a series of cabochon cutting videos I’ll be making. Sorry for the not-so-professional video and my Aussie accent. Hopefully, better next time.

The piece I’m cutting is a very nice blue, or maybe purple, and gold fleck piece of rough Jefanite.

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