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 Post subject: Bare Minimal Essentials for Cabochons?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:32 pm 
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I'd like to get a good idea as to the bare minimum in terms of essential tools and supplies one would need for cabochon creation. I would like to compile them into a list as a general startup guide for budding lapidarists.

This is what I've come up with so far:

Dremel (any model capable of 3,000 rpm or higher as a max. speed... you probably will never use max. speed)
Dremel Snake (allows for finer work than base unit)(optional but recommended)
Assortment of silicon carbide or diamond shaping bits for dremel
Assortment of silicon carbide sandpaper (or finer grain silicon carbide bits for dremel) from 240 grit and up.
Polishing compound and tips/wheels (rouge, diamond compound, etc...)
Some form of organizer for tool and materials storage (highly recommended)
Reliable light source (hobby lamp, etc...)
dowel rods (for dopsticks... variety of diameters)(optional)
dop wax (optional)
alcohol lamp or oil lamp without chimney (optional)
small padded vise (not necessary, but recommended)

I could easily add more things to the list, but I'm trying to keep bare minimums in mind. If there is anything I missed as a bare minimum essential tool, chime in.

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 Post subject: Re: Bare Minimal Essentials for Cabochons?
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magnification to check surface when polishing

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 Post subject: Re: Bare Minimal Essentials for Cabochons?
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Great. I have most of the above. How about some info on how to start creating the cab.
Any help would greatly be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Bare Minimal Essentials for Cabochons?
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flatten a side, and then use a #2 pencil to draw the rough base shape, cut away extra material like you were cutting out a shape in a piece of wood, then start doming the top.

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