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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Rutilated Quartz Cabochon Pendant

I've talked about the Cabochons I made in some of my earlier posts. Here is a Pendant I made from one of my cabs.

What is special about this pendant is that I was responsible for every step involved in creating the Cabochon. First I cut the rough piece of Rutilated Quartz on the rock saw then shaped it on our Home Made Cabochon machine. Once the stone had been through the process of shaping it was put through various stages on the silicone carbide belts to smooth the surface and finally polished on the polishing wheel using cerium oxide polish. The cabochon I made was pretty special, if I may say so myself :-) No marks, fractures or rough bits and it took a mirror like polish. Woo Hoo!

So the cabochon is ready. What next? Of course I had to get it wire-wrapped as quickly as I could, before Dave kidnapped it for one of his jewellery pieces (Ha Ha). I was not going to let him have this one! Yes I know he has done some very special work on his Labradorite cabochons and made spectacular pendants, but this one was mine! I made this Cabochon and I had to wrap it and create a pendant.

I have used 18 gauge 14/20 gold filled wire to wrap this pendant in a very simple style which shows off the fantastic gold streaks running through the stone.




2 comments:

  1. Looks very beautiful, Shalini.
    You are really very talented.
    And also passionate about making jewellery.
    It shows - not only in what you make but also in the way you describe the detailed process. Even that is a real pleasure to read.

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  2. Thank you for your lovely comments Raja :-)

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