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Cutting Small Round Cabochons

If you have many small round cabochons to cut, the following gadget will help. Into a sheet of aluminum drill a series of holes from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in diameter. Now dop a small square of cutting material to a small dop stick. Hold the stick between your thumb and index finger of one hand Use the dop stick to hold the stone at the proper angle to the grinder and turn the stone. Apply pressure to the cabochon with the index finger of your other hand. When nearly round, fit the stone in a hole in the aluminum plate and turn it back and forth. This will mark the high spots on the stone which may then be ground off. Do this several times and you will have a perfectly round stone. This plate will also help you to cut stones to a uniform size.

James W Anderson