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Cutting large opals to perfection

Cutting large opals takes some time and effort. In this video Justin goes through the process once the stone has been rubbed into a rough shape. He starts on the 360 grit diamond wheel and then progresses to a 600 grit soft nova wheel  then a 1200 grit until he ends up on the felt wheel with cerium oxide. Along the way he shares some tips and tricks when cutting such a large stone. It’s a long video at over 20 minutes but an excellent one to sit down and really study as you get to see exactly what Justin does when cutting. How he moves the stone around the wheels…

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Taking risks with opal: will the gamble pay off?

taking risks with opal

It’s pretty risky in our state at the moment with ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie battering us with heavy rain (12 inches in the last 24 hours – same expected tonight), subsequent flooding and tonight very high winds are expected. Spare a thought for those up north who really took a battering in the cyclone (hurricane) and if you want to have the full experience check out our mate Andy’s video here. So it seemed like the perfect day to make a video about taking risks with opal! Justin shows you a rough piece which he hopes will cut two very different opals. The challenge is that one color bar is…

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