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Lapidary Tips

Renovate brittle dop wax by adding a piece of bees wax the size of a pea to 1/4 pound of dop wax.

Try cementing three pieces of tiger eye together so that the grain is perpendicular to the next. Cabochons and other stones can then be cut with interesting chatoyancy effects.

Line the bottom of your rock saw with a double thickness of burlap sacking. When it is time to clean again, pick up the corners and lay it on the saw vise and carriage to drain overnight. This way you dispose of all the 'gunk' easily and the oil is clean for continued use.

Source: T-Town Rockhound 4/01