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Hand Cutting a Fiery Blue Fused Glass Cabochon for Jewellery

Fused Glass Cabochon

In this cabochon cutting tutorial I’ll be cutting a piece of rough fused glass into an oval shape.

The piece of rough was nearly discarded until I took a close look. The piece had some fiery flashes and an interesting internal structure. I then decided to cut the piece and it didn’t fail to surprise..

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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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Making Fused Glass Dichroic Features for Jewellery

Dichroic Features Video Tutorial

Dichroic jewellery can be amazing, with many beautiful colours, patterns and textures. In this video I’ll be showing you haw I make a particular style of dichroic features for jewellery. These can be made in a full glass kiln, or in a microwave kiln.

As usual, I’ll discuss many factors, as well as lead you through the full technique I use. This will show you step-by-step exactly how I make the features.

At the end of the video I will show you the final pieces attached to bails and made up as pendants.

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Dichroic Video Tutorial
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Making Plain Cabochons for Decals & Enamels

Plain Cabochons

In this video I’ll be making plain coloured cabochons for applying decals and enamels. While a basic project, there are several factors to be considered.

During this glass fusing video tutorial I’ll be discussing several important factors from choosing colours, cutting, laying up and fusing.

At the end I’ll be showing examples of these cabochons with sepia decals, full colour decals and enamels. The sepia decals can be designed by you and printed on special decal paper and a suitable laser printer .

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and a link to where you can purchase the decal paper.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

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Making Fused Glass Puddle Cabochons for a Glass Kiln or Microwave Kiln

Puddle Cabochons

Puddle Cabochons are probably one of the first projects someone starting with fusing glass will undertake. In this video tutorial I will cover the entire process of making puddle cabochons.

I’ll cover everything from selecting the coloured glass, cutting, breaking up into pieces, cleaning, safety and finally fusing into cabochons.

I will also touch on making the cabochons in a microwave kiln, and offer an alternative technique.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

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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.

Anyway, in this video I will talk a little about why we use them, what they are made of, how to attach your cabochon and how to remove it.

I hope you find it useful and help with cutting cabochons.

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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 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 setup. 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.

This isn’t always possible, and I do have to buy new equipment, tools and accessories sometimes. Things like diamond wheels and other consumables need to be purchased new as they do wear out.

Anyway, this video should give you some good ideas on setting up your own studio, and if you’re into glass fusing, this may also help.

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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 on 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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