I’d like to share with you the tools and machinery that I use, and the tips and tricks I’ve learnt throughout my journey, and also an in-depth guide explaining “How to Successfully Cut and Polish Australian Opal”. I give you my permission to share this information how you like, and to whom you like, so please feel free to do so! We’re all learning, and life wouldn’t be fun if we didn’t share! So what’s the point in continually re-inventing the wheel and wasting so much of your valuable time in learning something that someone else has already figured out, and generally, in a better and more productive way! In saying that, if you’ve got any tips or tricks that you’d like to share with me, then please do so. I love learning new things and I’m always open to new ideas. Don’t take everything I say as gospel. Listen and learn from me, and also as many other Opal Cutters as you can. Eventually, you’ll adopt a ‘style’ of cutting that works perfectly for you.
If you are just starting out cutting and polishing Australian Opals, you don’t really need to spend a lot of money. What I strongly suggest to do first, is to head over to your local Lapidary Club, pay the joining fee and use their machinery and knowledge to start learning how to cut Cabochons. Within a very small amount of time, you’ll start to figure out firstly if you like it, and then you’ll start to figure out exactly what you will need to cut Opal at home. You’ll also meet some lovely people along the way.
Below is my list of machinery and tools of the trade that I use to Cut and Polish Australian Opal. There are many different tools available for cutting and polishing, and at times, (especially when starting out), it may seem very daunting while going through all of your options! But don’t worry, in time, you’ll have everything that you need, and probably a few things that you don’t. Ha. With lapidary, it always takes time and patience. Nothing should ever be rushed.