Post by takecouragedesigns on May 23, 2011 8:36:26 GMT -5
Hi, all; I have heard and read that some folks are using their dremels for making cabochons. Well, I had sincerely hoped by now to have bought a cab grinding set up, but unfortunately, that wish keeps getting shot down by curve balls such as car repairs! So...I have a cordless Dremel, and I'm desperate to start shaping some preforms I have! Is it true that I can really use the Dremel, and if so, what do y'all suggest for the grinding/sanding/polishing part? Thanks mightily! Dianne C
Yes YOU CAN! Bear in mind that you want to work on stones that are under water or being cooled with a water drip- so a flex shaft is pretty important. THere are a TON of diamond bits, and burrs made to fit a dremel.
I can't tell if thats some Gneiss Schist, or that Schist is Gneiss. All I know is don't take it for Granite
Post by tanyafrench on May 23, 2011 11:33:03 GMT -5
Krystee and Ken, I am watching this closely. I have everything I just need the courage to try this by hand. I love the pictures you sent me Krystee and I'm ready to go, I just have to also have some decent weather to do it outside. I prefer the mess there. Also has anyone every tried this with Cut Lube. I ordered that as well thinking it might not be as messy? But my next thought is how do you get it off the stones? Just wash them in soapy water or what?
I Love my Dremel. I have a cabbing machine and tumbler but my very favorite thing to do it sit and shape my stomes with my dremel. It sounds nuts but it seems like I can feel and hear and go where the stone wants me to go. I never use a dop stick when I'm on the cabbing machine either because I have to feel them, and yes, I have manhands, lol..
i have the flex shaft also....it deff takes away some of the risk of water and a power tool.....i think i got it at lowe's for about the same price stefan....it's also worth it because it is easier to control when you are using it in your hand karon
i have done this also....just remember that you want the handle of the dremel on your left....that way it will throw the water and grit away from you face......been there done that
Mine is on the right due to space constraints as to where I could hang the fordom motor with flex shaft. I am ambidex with right hand dominate and can use both hands almost as good as just right handed. So in the bucket set up I can cab smaller stones and shape with my left hand. When I use it for carving, the vise is taken off and I use the flex in my right hand and hold the stone being carved in my left.
Thus the reason for the strip of plexi in the center to catch any and all stuff being thrown at me.
Post by tanyafrench on May 24, 2011 10:44:41 GMT -5
Is that a cut out bucket your shaft is in? It looks like a great method. I also have a flex shaft for my Dremel, I originally tried drilling stones with the flex shaft but found it much easier with the dremel press. Perhaps I should try using the flex shaft for cutting the cabs, but I am going to try cutting the Rainbow Obsidian first.
wampidy: Food with pain has never made a lick of sense to me. Brownies sound good.
Feb 27, 2015 18:48:39 GMT -5
Rockoonz: Our rock club lapidary shop is now in a building with lots of handcrafters and artists, across the hall is Honey Mamas organic fudge, sweetened with honey. My favorite has cayenne in it.
Feb 28, 2015 1:53:02 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Jim, ever heard of "hurts so good?" Just kidding. My jalapeño jelly is hot, but not 3-alarm. Snowmom, what kinda brownies did ya make?
Feb 28, 2015 7:20:28 GMT -5
drocknut: Yes I do know what I'm missing Jean, heartburn. ...lol.
Feb 28, 2015 10:36:05 GMT -5
drocknut: Mmmm brownies, mmmmm fudge now I'm getting hungry.
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snowmom: jean, they are plain with powdered sugar on top, son has "bodfl" and ordered them that way.
Feb 28, 2015 11:32:26 GMT -5
snowmom: Bodfl is 'brownies on demand for life' my life or my ability to keep making them. Very few people have bodfl
Feb 28, 2015 11:32:56 GMT -5
snowmom: my other specialty is fudge. nobody has fodfl..
Feb 28, 2015 11:35:10 GMT -5
drocknut: My grandfather made wonderful fudge. We kids got to help him mske it. Fun memories of him.
Feb 28, 2015 12:23:20 GMT -5
Pat: rockpickerforever 's jelly is the best! I make peanut brittle, and peppermint bark. Used to make caramels (yum), but can't handle the butter anymore.
Feb 28, 2015 15:15:23 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Dang rockpicker, what you talking about "too hot" ? Ain't no such critter. The hotter the better.
Feb 28, 2015 17:54:32 GMT -5
Shotgunner: Ok guys. That's three dogs in one week. Enough already!! Gtg have a good cry.
Feb 28, 2015 19:30:15 GMT -5
snowmom: Pat caramel is my favorite, no butter would be a major bummer. I'd forgotten but my grandma always made peanut brittle to give as gifts at Christmas time, we helped her do that and also made taffy (ever pull taffy?)
Mar 1, 2015 5:32:34 GMT -5
1dave: jakesrocks HOT? I was in LaPaz Bolivia and asked for a typical Bolivian meal at a restaurant. Never tasted another thing for a week!
Mar 1, 2015 8:25:51 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Pat makes the BEST peppermint bark! I suspect anything she makes is delicious!
Mar 1, 2015 8:52:59 GMT -5
drocknut: Ok you are not helping me give up sugar....grrrrr
Mar 1, 2015 10:24:52 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: drocknut Why would you want to give up sugar? Isn't that what makes you sweet?
Mar 1, 2015 12:41:45 GMT -5
wampidy: Who wants to be sweet? Better to be a crabby old bastard (or bastette).
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drocknut: lol rockpickerforever naw, it's my sparkling personality that makes me sweet, sugar just makes me fat...lol.
Mar 1, 2015 19:18:50 GMT -5
drocknut: wampidy, you are sweet, you just try to look like a crabby old bastard to hide it.
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