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 Post subject: In need of advice for a garnet
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:07 pm 
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Hello, I have come here seeking advice about a garnet I recently picked up. It is oddly shaped and I don't know if there is much that can be done with it. I do want to make it into something for a significant person, though, and any advice would be helpful. One thing I should let you know is that I have resources limited to what you would generally find in a woodshop, and I also have the motor, shaft and diamond blade for a lapidary saw, but no lapidary structure of any kind. I was wondering what the best way would be to make it... presentable? It is in rough shape but there are nice colors in it and I think it would clean up nicely. Here are images of the top view to get an idea of how big it is, then a couple side views to get an idea for how tall it is. It looks as if it were once a rather considerable size, but alas, it has seen better days.
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Any and all advice / information is welcomed!


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 Post subject: Re: In need of advice for a garnet
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:03 pm 
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Hi, that might make a nice cab under all the grunge but you won't do it with the tools you mentioned.

Do you have a lapidary/rock club near you? Someone might cut it for free or for less than a pro.

Another option is to bite the bullet and spend the money to have it evaluated and cut by a pro.

Another would be to pick up a flex shaft and some diamond bits and using water, while wearing appropriate safety gear, to carve it.

Since you build stuff, if you could make a couple of arbors to hold various grit belts, using a water drip to grind, shape and polish the stone.

Jim


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 Post subject: Re: In need of advice for a garnet
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:59 pm 
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A quick look by a cutter will tell you what you want to know....if you take another picture with it back lit you just might get a free evaluation here


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