My last post showed some of the local rocks I recently cut. But what happens next?
To a great degree, that depends on what I discover inside. If the rock has cracks, it will probably shatter when I grind it but if it has interesting features, I can sometimes make beautiful specimen pieces. If the rock is solid and interesting, I will use it to make cabochons. This requires me to rough cut the shape I want on my Hi-Tech saw and then grind and polish it on my Cab King.
Several of the pieces shown last time were good enough to become cabochons and I thought you might like to see the transformation.
This piece of petrified wood became ... this.
And this became ... this.
This one was so spectacular I had to make several pieces:
Fantastic end result. Couldn't pick a best side for the teardrop so I finished both!