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Carving opal with a Dremel: Video

carving opal - finished piece

Last week on Facebook, we mentioned this amazing piece we were going to do a carving opal video on. Here is the video showing Justin taking you through the step by step of carving opal with a dremel.  So if you’ve ever wanted to try carving, now is your chance with all the tips right here in this video. The main equipment you will need is a Dremel or similar hand-held rotary tool. You’ll also need a selection of bits including: hard diamond bits soft nova bits felt tips dowel wood bits The video is quite long so you’ll have plenty of time to see exactly what he is doing but if you…

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Results of slicing up the large Andamooka opal piece

Thanks to all that commented and helped along the way with the decision of how to cut this opal. We decided take your advice and slice along the green colorbar in the middle for 3 to 4 nice double sided gem opals. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think in the comments below. The larger piece was sold to a good customer and friend before I could get to cutting it so we would have ended up with 5 gems all up. Andamooka opal is a very hard type of opal from Australia and is found in seam form. It is rare to see large pieces like…

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Advise on cutting opal. Your opinion needed?

Throughout the years I have given my opinion on the art of cutting opal. Now it is your turn. We need your help to decide what to do with this piece of Andamooka gem crystal chunk of opal It has many color bars and deciding which way to face it, cut it, slice it, orientate it is in the hands of us all. Please give 2 minutes of your time to help us decide what to do with this giant piece of what some would call dream opal. This way we can all learn and go forward. For the people who don’t really know what to say and are maybe…

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