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Making decisions on what shapes to create with rough crystal opal: Part 2 video

Finished Crystal opals form Anadamooka

In todays video Justin shows us the results of the rough crystal opal which he sliced instead of polished.  He decides to cut several pairs and the results are spectacular. As you can see the difference between a cutter and a master cutter is knowing which way an opal will face best and how to bring out what many people call the “fire” or play of colour of an opal. If you missed the first video here it is too.

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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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