Thanks all for the warm (hot actually) welcome. I am also wampidy on the RTH forum. Not hiding with the new name, just a little tired of wampidy. The ring tut is up somewhere on here. I am still trying to learn my way around.
connie liu - Those are some awesome rings. I have not found crystals with that much matrix on them. Are you gluing something to the bottom of the crystals before you make the rings? I am going to try gluing slabs of different materials together before I drill the rings to see what kind of effect I am going get. May even try gluing nephrite on both sides of agate or jasper so the nephrite will keep the hard stone from breaking so easy. I have also found that the really wide rings are very popular. Many women are stacking rings now so wide rings made from different materials may go over quite well.
Hi, Jim, for these nice amethyst drusy, it is very hard to get it. It comes from amethyst geoge. I can get 1 geoge suitable for these rings from 50 more geoges
. No, none is glued to the bottom during doing the rings. Oh, glue nephrite on the both sides? In my brain, nephrite is a expensive stone, it is indeed not a economic way to glue nephrite on the bottom. Acutally, hard bottom is not helpful to reduce the breakage at all. It will make the breakage getting more often. Please see my tips for drilling, try the tips and let me know if it is helpful for doing rings. http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,10450.0.html
Meanwhile, what kind of wide rings do you mentioned? Can you show some photos? Thanks.
Welcome to the forum Jim can't wait to see some of your rings. Connie the workmanship and the labor you put in those rings is mind blowing. You've got lots of patience and I'm sure you do too Jim. Carving solid rings from stone looks like a challenge.
Thanks, Helene, it is indeed need a good patience and peace heart to do the rings. I chose the proper stone for rings, my partner Yang did the rings. Only 1 people in our STUDIO old and smart enough to control the breakage in a low rate.