Re: cutting seraphenite/seraphite
I made pendents of cabs of seraphinite for all the gals on my Christmas list last December. First I shaped each piece to the approximate size with the rough diamond grinding wheel, and then mounted each with super glue to the flat end of an exacto knife handle. (After having removed the blade from the other end, of course) Then I worked them through all six wheels of my Genie, just like I would an agate cab, but with a VERY LIGHT touch, especially at the edges. I finished up with Tin Oxide on a buffing wheel. Soaked them for a couple of hours in a jar of acetone to release the super glue, and then put in mounts intended for coins, silver dollars and half dollars. These mounts give good protection to the edges of the cab, and leave the unfinished back open for viewing, everyone always seems to like to see what the material looked like before it was polished up. With each pendent I included some info on the geology of seraphinite, and instructions on storing the pendent apart from other jewelry to keep the surface from getting scratched.
You will love working this stuff, it goes so fast you can do 3 or 4 in the the time it takes to do one in agate. Just remember, a light touch, or it will disappear before your eyes!
From Becky Kelher - June 30, 2010 at 09:38:10