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Why Use Lab-Created Crushed Opal Over Natural Opal for Inlaying?

Why Use Lab-Created Crushed Opal Over Natural Opal for Inlaying?

Synthetic opal is an excellent choice for inlay material whether you are a beginner or professional. Here are a few reasons that stand out in comparison to natural opal:   Natural opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica that has a water content ranging from as low as 3% to as high as 21%. While there are many ways of stabilizing natural opal, (our) synthetic crushed opal does not contain water and has been stabilized by polymer. Due to being stabilized by polymer, the synthetic crushed opal will experience less cracking and crazing throughout its lifetime.   Lab-created opal...

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How to Make a Titanium Engagement Ring with Crushed Opal Inlay

How to Make a Titanium Engagement Ring with Crushed Opal Inlay

Tools/Materials Needed: Lathe Ring Mandrel Ring Core Crushed Opal for Inlay (1 Gram makes approximately 2+ rings) CA Glue - Thin, Medium, and Thick CA Accelerator Sandpaper Wet/Dry 220 - 1500 Grit Micro Mesh Pads 1500 - 12000 Grit Shop Towels Plastic Polish Carbide Tipped Tools (always use sharp tools!) Safety Glasses Respirator   WARNING: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment when using a lathe.   Making a Crushed Opal Ring: Place the ring mandrel in the lathe chuck and slide the ring blank on it. Using an expanding ring mandrel is recommended to ensure the ring does not slide...

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