A cut stone can be shaped and smoothed by using varying grades of diamond grit which are coated onto a diamond flat lap. These round laps clamp on to a master lap on a lapidary machine...
7 Tools for Your Lapidary Supplies
Stone Carvings using Diamond Tools
Mary McGinty has been carving stone for a long time and uses various Eternal Tools Diamond Drill bits to carve into limestone and Carrara marble.
Lilac Millie's Sea Glass Necklace
With the help of our small diamond core drill bits, Lilac Millie makes wonderful sea glass jewellery with tumbled glass handpicked from the beaches of Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland.
Every piece is one of a kind.
Turned Wooden Bowl using Carbide Burrs
This beautiful turned wooden bowl has a 'dimple' effect on the outside which has been created by using carbide burrs. Piece by Chris Stocker
Nancy Sutcliffe DNA Fingerprint Engraving
Inspired by our DNA fingerprint, Nancy Sutcliffe engraved this 6cmx6cm intaglio work with a range of diamond sintered burrs.
The Rework House
Lucylou Designs Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring
Lucylou Designs used a 600 grit large diamond, Half Round file to level out the uneven base of this Botswana agate cabochon. The end result is a beautiful handmade sterling silver cocktail ring.
How to Drill Through Plates
If like me you love to scour the charity shops for old china plates, saucers, tea cups and tea pots then like me you'll be wondering what to do with it all. And lucky for us, there's lots of ideas: bird seed feeders, jewellery, cake stands, hangings, bangles, light fittings and much, much more.
Maybe you have some old vintage china plates and saucers that you would like to recycle? Why not turn them into a pretty cake stand? Follow our simple steps to find out how...
How to Drill Gemstones
Mark your gemstone with your entrance and exit hole (personal preference). Set up your water dish, either an ice cream tub, sandwich box or some form of solid tray with a piece of wood or blu-tac to hold the stone on whilst drilling. It will need to be deep enough to immerse your stone in. Select your drill bit, say 1mm and attach to your flex shaft/drill press...
How to Drill Shell
If collected from the beach, wash your sea shells well in soapy water to remove any grit and sand and leave to dry. Mark your sea shell with where you want to begin drilling your hole. Set up your water dish...