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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Gemmasta 4/5 belt repair or replacement
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:05:47 PM »
I got a few meters of the green belt from ebay, was awhile back, might of cost about $10.


Gemstone Faceting / Re: Gemmasta 4/5 belt repair or replacement
« on: August 20, 2019, 05:54:26 PM »
If it one of the plastic belts. Melt and stick together, there are various techniques. Some use a heated blade held in a vice and push the belt on from each side and slide together.  I've joined it on the machine but heating the two end till melty with a blow torch and quickly pushing together.  After pushing together and cooled cut of excess with sharp knife.
Heaps of info on youtube

For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 20, 2019, 05:36:58 PM »
Hi Flash and Ghost,
I think I follow what your saying.
The as you say arrows and diamond shapes both work. Arrows are imo better.  It is a case of fitting 7 or 9-fold(really 1 fold)  pavilion to an even girdle symmetry shape.  The technique does it fairly smoothly without creating a mess. To try and use diamond shaped mains becomes more of a mess and harder to meetpoint.
The performance is coming from the 7 and 9 fold symmetry pavilion.
Checkout one of my free designs Seven RBS and compare it with Seven Steps in the book both really easy to cut and great performance. Crowns would probably swap. have also started TRYING, and it is certainly trying lol, to upload a few videos of test cutting etc to Instagram.
Photographing/videoing clear stones like topaz I'm finding quite tricky.

CheersAndrewps. I am also progressinig on my concave machine. I'll soon have most of the cutter unit made and will be working on electrics. I'll upload a couple of pics soon. I have to make up a puller to remove the collet holder from the shaft as the shaft needs shortening to reduce flex. Motor with 8mm shaft is probably better than the 6mm on the motor I have. I'll try the 6mm shaft motor but have a feeling it might flex a bit if using a heavy hand polishing.

Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: Login "Banned" Error
« on: August 10, 2019, 11:10:51 PM »
Might be something to do with ip addresses or firefox ad-ons triggering forum security. Bit of a surprise first time it happened.MB

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.

Cabbing and More / Re: Problems with new 220 Galaxy wheel
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:18:20 PM »
Hi Prooz,
It not as hard to cut as it looks. But I'd not cut it in a small stone or it will be a bit hard to see details. The front cover of the book makes it huge and it's like using a hand lens to look at it.
I been working on the butterfly for quite awhile, and was only thinking about it yesterday. I was thinking of potentially concave cutting facet tiers 10-14.


For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:42:11 AM »
Andrew ,
The book is most interesting - good to see some original thinking in design to maximise the beauty of faceted stones. Trouble is I don't know which pattern to try first !!!
Thanks John

Cabbing and More / Re: Problems with new 220 Galaxy wheel
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:24:50 AM »
Hi Olaf,
Have you used the wheel much?
I'm thinking it might bed in if you use it a bit more. Maybe shape a stone with it instead of your coarser wheel and see if that helps.


For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:28:38 PM »
My website is: for those that haven't found it. Thanks for all the feedback, thanks for finding the error Rej. I hope to significantly update the webpage in the future.  It took me a lot longer than it should, as it took me awhile to get my head around html, css, js.

One of the motivations for the book was organizing my designs, instead of loose bit of paper everywhere. I had a request for a hexagon on the w/end. So today for the first time, instead of hunting around for a printout or printing out again I picked up the book and cut Hexafusion Seven in topaz, very nice design :) I'll upload a picture later.

I plan to start uploading video of my test cutting to Instagram,  I made a oscillating rotary table yesterday and I have taken my first movie of a test cut for volume 2.  I have all my designs for volume 2 just have to work though them all test cutting. I've expecting volume 2 to be at least as good as volume 1.   

Rej, when I get more time I'll have a chat about software.
Thank you everyone, I hope you enjoy my designs. Any questions, happy to help.

For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:57:14 PM »
Hi Pooz,
If you have any question regarding cutting instruction don't hesitate to ask.


For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:11:01 PM »
Hi Bucket,
I will upload a link to my webpage soon.

I am having a little bit of trouble getting it up and running on it's domain name atm. It may work with some browsers.It is my first go a building a webpage and I plan to significantly upgrade it in the future with a database of my designs and other features.

Atm, I have the addresses of everyone that has contacted me and the majority of books have been sent. 

Should be going end of weekend, not easy figuring it all out when I haven't done it before.

For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:34:39 PM »
Hi,I have been sent a few PM messages that have not arrived and I'm also wondering if all I sent have been sent.I didn't get addresses from two people. So if you have PM'd me and I have not responded or asked for an address again please don't feel put out as I haven't done it on purpose. Please send me another message.
Most books have now been posted.
I would like to end book sales via the forum now as I don't want to turn this site into a sales platform for my book. I will soon have my webpage up, hopefully tonight and all sales will be thought that.
I hope everyone enjoys cutting my designs.CheersAndrew

For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:55:10 PM »
All good,  Flash. My partner is home and is recovering better than expected. I had a lengthy dentist visit yesterday that was particularly unenjoyable  :'( . Went to the post office today to check if book+box was under 500g (came in at 488g) :), but didn't have time to box up and send so tomorrow I'll send out some books.Anyone who has transferred $$ and hasn't given me an address please do.


For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: July 26, 2019, 10:42:14 PM »
Thankyou everyone for your interest in my book.  :) Books and mailing boxes have arrived, I'll email banking details tomorrow.  I sorry for not finding time sooner, with my tooth and my partner in hospital I've been a bit busy.
The club will be getting a copy bucket.

For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: July 22, 2019, 09:09:43 AM »
Thanks Scratchie, I'll email/message everyone interested soon. I've had a tooth ache for the last 4 days. Went to emergency last night for pain relief, dentist in 4 hours and 21 minute and counting. Cheers Andrew

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