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Gemstone Faceting / Perception Eye Design
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:50:31 AM »
Hi all,
My new eye design 'Perception' is available to download in the free designs section on my webpage. Remember when cutting, it will darken rough so I recommend cutting in lightly saturate materials especially at lower RI. I cut this in spinel and in my opinion the material was slightly too dark for the design and the finished stone would look far more impressive in lighter material. I am really hopeful it should be really nice in clear topaz and pretty awesome in something like clear cz. Many of you will be tempted but imo it is not suited for quartz.
Download at

I hope everyone enjoys it, it is the result of quite a bit work :)

General Discussion / Fires
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:47:46 PM »
Hope all you mainlanders are safe and well. Looking like more dangerous fires in Victoria atm.
Stay safe.

Gemstone Faceting / MB concave build
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:28:30 PM »
Here's a couple of pics of where I'm at with the build atm.
Need to pull the collet holder off and shorten shaft.I'm planning on using my gemmasta faceting head and modding to lockup the pivot.

Forum Announcements & Rules / Login "Banned" Error
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:24:32 PM »
Hi All,
I was just banned again.  ;D So if it happens to you when you try and login. Delete all stored cookies for the forum and restart your browser. This fixed it for me with firefox.

For Sale or Swap / Faceting Designs Book
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:14:49 PM »
I have been meaning to post about my new book for awhile. Steveo just noticed a rendering in the gallery of one of the designs.  I have only recently finish the book, it is available on Amazon and being kindly promoted in the US by Hashnu Gemstones. I also have some free designs available on the Hashnu webpage. anyone is interested in Australia I am currently about to get more copies printed in Australia to sell locally at a cheaper price(without high international postage). The book has been a labor of love so to speak. A lot of work, a way of sharing my best designs, and a great achievement to finish.
I am currently working on my webpage and hopefully will have that up and running soon.  If anyone is interested in the book send me a PM.

Saws and Diamond Blades / Cutting glass bottles
« on: June 01, 2019, 08:27:50 AM »
Just noticed this on ebay, they targeted me with it in an email  ::) .
Looks like score and break, bet it is not easy. Someone on here was cutting bottles, so I thought I'd post it.

Gemstone Faceting / TV glass toxicity?
« on: January 26, 2019, 10:26:00 AM »
I've got a huge amount of test cutting to do and thought TV glass would be good. Soft with a reasonably high RI. Just the thing for quick nasty faceting.

So I dragged the big old 90cm CRTV out of the bottom room, pulled it to bits, removed the vacuum, put contact film on the screen(left over from the kids school books), covered with a towel and carpet tiles. Then gave it a good wack with the sledge hammer. The shattering radiated nicely from the impact point and in no time at all I had a bucket full of glass ready from faceting  ;D .

Cubed a few bits by hand on the saw, but then....
Hmm, I got thinking about lead :o and hmm ??? though it might not be a good idea. So I did some reading and luckily the glass from the screen fronts is usually fairly low in lead. The screen glass I have has a light grey tint to it.
So the question is has anyone here got exp with tv glass?? Is it safe for me to facet it. It was from one of the last models produced (about 2004 Panasonic). I realized the tube glass is very high in lead, I'm hoping the screen glass might be ok. I've read screen glass for colour tv's was commonly lead free barium/strontium glass.

General Discussion / 403 errors
« on: December 16, 2018, 11:32:11 AM »
I'm getting 403 errors, especially if our VPN is running. But I've also noticed with the VPN off I get errors when replying to other posts if I quote the previous post.
Using firefox, maybe I should update it.
Anyone else getting these errors.


This appeared in my saved search. Nice little saw by the look. Could try to get the price down a bit. In South Australia. They want $350

Cabbing and More / Fern Knife
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:13:02 PM »
Finally got my act together today and finished a knife(one of three) that I've been meaning to do for about a year. Didn't take too long.
Happy with the result, inlay is close to perfect, metal bolsters still need a bit more if a polish. They have a few fine scratches but I'll probably just leave as they are hardly noticeable as will easily get more.
Jamo, I think you wanted me to do a tutorial, I'll try on the next one.
Pretty sure it's a buck squire, it was/is a new knife.

$50 faceting machine hidden there by the look of it. Pretty sure that looks like a faceting head behind the lap. Robuilt??

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