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In this video shows how to do Lapidary work. I tell you about the Thulite stone I will be cutting. I show how to mark the stone using a trim saw to cut it into pieces. I dop the Thulite using dop wax and dop stick and grind the stone to the shape of a cabochon. I show how to use each grit wheel from 80 grit to 3000 grit and then the final polishing stage using crime oxide powder.
I use Thulite in this example, a stone from Norway that cuts similarly to many jasper stones.
All the best, Michael
Here is a little info on the Thulite.
Thulite (sometimes called rosaline) is a translucent, crystalline, or massive pink manganese-bearing variety of the mineral zoisite. Manganese substitutes for calcium in the structure with up to two percent Mn2+. Thulite is often mottled with white calcite and occurs as veins and fracture fillings, transecting many rock types. In mineralogical literature, thulite may sometimes refer to any pink zoisite. Clinothulite is the manganese-bearing variety of monoclinic clinozoisite.