This weekend I will be taking some pictures of our homemade cabachon machine and writing an artcile on how we made it. This will also include details of Uk suppliers where I managed to obtain the parts to make the machine.
The cabachon machine has seen quite a lot of service since it was built last summer and has stood up to the test of time so far, we have ground, shaped and polished many types of semi-precious gemstone on the machine, including amethyst, sodalite, rose quartz, petrified wood, pebbles found in the fields and many more varieties with a large degree of success.
We also use the diamond grinding wheel on the machine to make pre forms for the tumblers.
It’s not a particularly pretty machine to look at when compared to the commercially available machines, but what we have lost in looks we have saved in terms of costs and nothing in functionality.
I will get the details posted over this weekend, plus make a start on cutting some of the black flint I recently found, it should polish up really well for use in the jewellery.