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12 tips to cut and polish a better opal

How to cut a Nobby..polishing of rough opal made to look easy… Watch master cutter Justin from Black Opal Direct polish a piece of rough ‘Nobby’ with a flat colour bar into an oval cabochon. In this video Justin gives 12 tips to cut and polish a better opal. Justin begins by showing you  the ‘nobby’ to be cut.. it has a rare pattern. Crossed between a ‘pinfire and palette pattern’ Justin happily calls this one the ‘galaxy pattern’. What is a flat colour bar? This stone has a flat colour bar. Justin explains if you ‘grind or loose the cabochon dome you will loose the colour around the edges’. This is called a…

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Learn to slice a rough opal

Learn from master craftsman Justin from Black Opal Direct how to slice rough opal. Justin will show you the techniques to safe cutting whilst using a slicer. What are the advantages of learning to slice? When you are cutting opal from the rough state you will wear your diamond wheels out very quickly if you use the diamond wheels to remove the rough from your opal. The easiest way to remove the rough excess is by slicing it off your opal thus saving you money on having to replace diamond wheels. This video will show you in the safest manner possible how to slice rough opal. Dangers of slicers These…

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