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Hand polishing opal without machines

Hand polishing opal without machines is simpler than you might think; with some sandpaper, a knife hone, a piece of leather, and a bit of elbow grease, you could uncover a gem!

Hand polishing an opal without machines is a great way for budding opal cutters to try their hand at something new without investing in expensive equipment. Now that we’re spending more time at home, cutting by hand can also be a meditative process for opal-lovers who enjoy slowly watching color unfold.

Today, I’ll be cutting a Lightning Ridge opal and polishing that bad boy up without using any machines. This piece is a nobby with a blue color bar that looks like it’ll turn out a treat.

After today’s video, you’ll understand how to cut hand polish opal, what tools to use, and I’ll share how long it takes.

We ended up with a gorgeous black opal with blue-purple color that you can check out here.

Cutting by hand is not for impatient cutters, and I’ll show you why, so grab a cuppa and let’s get cutting!