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LAPIDARY => Gemstone Faceting => Topic started by: Faceting Frank on October 12, 2020, 08:56:34 PM

Title: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: Faceting Frank on October 12, 2020, 08:56:34 PM
US facetors guild posted their annual faceting comp. results on Facebook today.
Managed 7th place out of 9 entrants in the grand masters section with a score of 96.73. Another Australian Colin Wright got second place in the Masters section with a score of 93.46.
Happy with the score of 96.73 but the competition is so good that nearly made me last.
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: Dihusky on October 17, 2020, 07:18:17 PM
Don't know what the design was, but I recon it had to be demanding, so 7 out of 9 with that score in the Grand Masters section has got to be bloody good, damn well done...... and stop winging ;D
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: Dihusky on October 17, 2020, 07:29:43 PM
Just had a look at the design, geez there's some tight little facets, how many stones did you cut before you were happy?

Might give it a try when I've got nothing to do.. .. Then there's a few cuts I said that about and never had time to get back to them, little file of specials sitting in the corner of the dopping desk for rainy days ;D
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: Faceting Frank on October 17, 2020, 08:41:55 PM
I'm retired, so time is something I want to waste.
I cut one stone for comps, don't go into cutting a few and picking the best one. I do however give the doped stone plenty of depth so I can cut the crown to the 1200 stage well above the girdle line. That way I'm happy with it and can finish it with confidence.
I started competition cutting five years ago, what I thought was great "glitter sparkle" the judges thought was crap.
So a big wakeup call for me, but as I said before time is limitless.
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: FlashGP on October 21, 2020, 08:47:55 AM
Hi Frank,

Comp cutting certainly teaches you to critically evaluate your work.

Are you maximising the design using Gemray or Gem Cut Studio?  Some comp designs can be greatly improved this way.

Regards
Gordon
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: Faceting Frank on October 21, 2020, 12:05:48 PM
Hi Gordon,
I'm not using any type of software with my cutting, did download Gem Cad a while back for their 30 day free trial, but didn't get the hang of it.
I do have an Auto Cad type drafting software, that I will be using to create the 0.10.5 instructions in next years OZ comp.

One big advantage for me is that the mast height gauge I have allows me to keep a very accurate record of where all the facets are. A realistic accuracy of 0.05mm, so going back to a facet to tidy up a meet point isn't a problem.

(http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/gallery/9/medium_120565-061019123249.jpeg) (http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=9112)
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: Dihusky on October 21, 2020, 04:19:34 PM
Wow, tricky bit of kit
Title: Re: US Facetors Guild annual competition
Post by: FlashGP on October 22, 2020, 09:06:34 AM
Hi Frank,

I like the gauge I have one on my concave cutter to help with alignment,but can’t easily use one on my Facetron mast.  I didn’t think you were optimising the designs of the stones you were cutting. I have both gem ray and Gem cut studio. I find I use Gem cut studio almost Exclusively now. At US100 it is cheaper than the gem as/gemray combination.