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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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Cushion Cut Opal: A revived shape

Now we aren’t talking about the soft furnishing kinds but rather the opal shape that is appearing more and more. Cushion cut opal has been around forever and we often see boulder opal in rectangles or cushions. During the early parts of last century you find some beautiful examples of cushion cut white opal, but where is the cushion cut black? We know that it’s a really popular shape for mens rings and in smaller sizes for art deco inspired womens rings. If you have the material, cushion cut opal is also great in earring designs. Did you know you can now search our inventory based on shape? Just refine each…

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