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Cutting and Polishing Ulexite

Hello all... my fiance and I have recently gotten into purchasing rough stones to cut and polish for use in jewelry that she makes; it seemed the next logical step after having to base your jewelry on shapes found at shows and whatnot! Needless to say we've got a number of rocks (for most of which cutting and polishing has gone quite well, some, well...), one being a relatively large piece of ulexite. Before we try to go and jump in headlong on carving it out we were hoping to find some tips on making the most of this rock so I headed out and found this forum.

The rock itself is about 10" tall, 10" deep and about 8" wide. The bottom half of looks like ulexite should look, the long straight strands that portend the "TV" effect, but the top half looks quite different... from my limited research I'm guessing that the top half is borax and is useless for what we want as it doesn't appear to have any rhyme or reason to how it's put together. I know that ulexite is relatively soft as far as rock goes, and we'd really like to get the most out of this stone as we can.... And thus I arrived here. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to cut and polish pieces from this bugger? Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks so much everyone!

From Robert M. - November 29, 2007 at 07:50:39
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