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Cutting Bullseye Cabochons

Small pieces of banded rough that cannot be placed in the saw vise to any advantage can be laid on edge and cut parallel to the bands to achieve bulls eye effects. Tigereye is a good stone which can give a different cab. The more contrast between the bands, the stronger bulls eye effect you will have. If the stone is cut with a high dome, many bands will be evident. If a low dome is cut, less bands will show. Remember to slab as parallel to the bands as possible, and have some idea of how thick the slab should be. If the slab should not come out as expected, try a teardrop preform for what would otherwise be an off-center bulls eye.

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