Golden Labradorite Pendant In 925 Sterling Silver Wire

I have just wrapped one of the golden Labradorite cabochons shown in a recent post, it took a while to determine the correct location of the bail to capture and display the Labradoresence to best effect

I have just wrapped one of the golden Labradorite cabochons shown in a recent post, it took a while to determine the correct location of the bail to capture and display the Labradoresence to best effect. This is largest free form cabochon I have ever wrapped and although challenging it was very satisfying in the end.

Golden Labradorite Pendant In Sterling Silver Wire

This piece is especially attractive because it also has the really interesting deep black vein which is surround by deep blues, all framed by the lovely golden colour. Depending on the angle that the pendant is viewed from, a different pattern will be seen.

The pendant used 110” of sterling silver wire, all 21 gauge. The main support wires are made from square wire and the binding is made from ½ round wire.

The pendant dimensions are:

Height (including bail) as it hangs: 56mm

Width: 59mm

Thickness: 10mm

Weight: 32 grams or 158 ct

This Golden Labradorite pendant is now available for purchase in our Jewellery showroom at:

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/large-labradorite-pendant/

Our Finished Semi Precious Gem Stone Jewellery

So you may be wondering where to find, view or even buy our finished gem stone jewellery items,

On this blog you can see all the rough rock that we use, the machinery that is used make the cabochons, the tumblers in fact all of the back room stuff. You can even read how we make our cabochons and tumbled stones!

So you may be wondering where to find, view or even buy our finished gem stone jewellery items, if so you need to head on over to my wife’s site:

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk
http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk

Here you will find all manner of jewellery which by and large is wrapped in either 925 sterling silver or gold filled wire, all of this has been wrapped by Shalini or myself.

All of our jewellery is designed from the very start by us, then the stones are carefully shaped and polished and finally wrapped by us both, everything is made by us.

Thanks

Dave

Golden Labradorite Cabochons

I recently slabbed some Labradorite to try and increase my understanding of how to orientate it prior to cutting on the rock saw. Fortunately it appears that my understanding has grown as I was very satisfied with the outcome.

I then gave all of the Labradorite slabs a good clean and then selected one to make a few cabochons from.

Below is a picture of the slab I selected for the cabochons:

A slab of golden Labradorite

And here are the two cabochons I made from the slab:

Golden Labradorite Cabochon 1
Golden Labradorite Cabochon 2

I tried to use the bluey black area as a focal point on one of these cabochons and I feel it worked.

Now I need to find time to sit down and wrap them in some sterling silver wire!

Evans CR2 Tumbler Cleaning

We have been running 2 Evans CR2 tumbling machines for almost a year now, but we have had a few problems with them in that they would stall and stop without warning.

We have been running 2 Evans CR2 tumbling machines for almost a year now, but we have had a few problems with them in that they would stall and stop without warning.

We followed the instructions to the letter regarding oiling and cleaning but that still did not sort out the problem.

Eventually the machines were returned to the manufacturer for repair and they seemed fine after we got them back, but then the old problem arose again.

I spoke to the manufacturer again and it was during this conversation that I learned something vital relating to the cleaning and oiling process.

He told me that the idle shaft, the non driven shaft should have some play in it, meaning that you should be able to move it back and forth when its fitted, our had no movement at all and the shaft was very stiff indeed so it was effectively acting as a brake.

The manufacturer told me how to remove this shaft and how to clean it properly, information that didn’t appear in the instructions.

This is what I learnt from him:

At the opposite end to the motor box is a mounting flange, you need to gently pull this backwards which will allow you to pull the shaft out along with the bearing:

Removing the tumbler idle shaft from the main chassis

Once you have the shaft removed pull the bearings off each end, they may be difficult to get off so a squirt of WD40 helps with this:

Pull the bearing from the shaft

Once you have got the bearing you may well find a lot of muck on the end of the shaft, this needs to be thoroughly cleaned as must the inside of the bearing as well.

Once you have done this put a good bit of oil into the bearing and then refit the shaft.

We find we need to repeat this process on a fairly regular basis to keep the machines running properly

Lapidary Workshop Rebuilt

We have been talking for quite while now about rebuilding our Lapidary workshop in order to make it more efficient

Lapidary Workshop Rebuilt

We have been talking for quite while now about rebuilding our Lapidary workshop in order to make it more efficient and get it all into one area so we finally did it over the last bank holiday weekend, it took about 2 days to complete.

The other reason for doing this was that we wanted to have the workshop enclosed so that the warmth from the wood burner won’t be lost and we will then be able to work out there during the winter as well.

All of the worktops are made from 12mm marine ply which have had numerous coats of clear varnish applied.

So here are a few pictures of were we live!

The rock drill area:

We use a fordom SR series felxi shaft set up which serves our needs admirably, our drill bit are triple ripple bits for the smaller holes and then we use diamond coated bits to open the holes up to about 2.5mm which is fine for threading leather thong through.

This is our rock drilling area, we use a Foredom drill imported from the USA

The rock tumbler area:

Our tumbling equipment is made by Evans and Beech in the UK, the larger ones are the Evans CR2 tumbler machines and all of the barrels ae now rubber, made by Evans, it’s great now we have switched to rubber barrels and got rid of the plastic barrels, we can now hear ourselves think!

The rock tumbling area

Busy Rock Tumblers:

Here are both of the tumblers in action

Here are the four rock tumblers doing their stuff

The cabochon machine and polishing area:

This is our homemade cabochon machine and polisher, the polisher shares the saw.grinder motor, we just swap the drive belts, works just fine. We use cerium oxide polish on a felt pad and it works fine almost all our rocks.

Cabachon machine and polishing area

The rock saw area:

This is the rock saw and grinder combo machine, built way back when by PMR, it was bought second hand from Ebay about 2 years ago and has served us well, it has an 8″ saw blade and a lthal 8″ silcon carbide wheel which really eat finger ends if you are not careful!

This is the rock saw and grinder combo machine

Enjoy

Dave