So How Did Our Gem Stone Crosses Turn Out

In a previous post I described how we cut the crosses out of green Aventurine, since then we cut some more out Orange Aventurine, Rose Quartz, Sodalite and Lapis Lazuli, just to get the feel for using different materials for making crosses.

A while ago I started learning how to make gem stone crosses, at times it was frustrating and there were a few casualties along the way.

In a previous post I described how we cut the crosses out of green Aventurine, since then we cut some more out Orange Aventurine, Rose Quartz, Sodalite and Lapis Lazuli, just to get the feel for using different materials for making crosses.

One thing I did learn was to use smaller tools for this type of work, the expanding drums on the cab machine are too harsh, so as it turned out was the felt polishing wheel.

So I used small felt bobs mounted in the Fordom Flex shaft to sand and polish these pieces, for the sanding I used progressive grades of diamond paste on the felt bobs then finished off with cerium oxide as a polish.

As I said there were a few casualties along the way, the first happened a while back before I figured out to use the felt bobs as the one below fractured on the felt polishing wheel.

This one fractured when it was being polished
This one fractured when it was being polished

The second one fractured when I was trying to drill a hole for a jump ring to go through, Rose Quartz seems to be very fragile in this type of work, but it’s more than likely just me.

This cross fractured when it was being drilled
This cross fractured when it was being drilled

Anyway those that survived are below, I know they could be better but that’s what learning is all about and you don’t learn if you don’t try!

Gem stone crosses - our first attempt
Gem stone crosses – our first attempt

I will do more of these when time allows and I am sure the next batch will be much better.

All the best

Dave

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