Photographed here is the final carved shape for
the beautiful piece of
Lightning Ridge Gem Crystal.
As you can see, I've managed to keep very close to
unfinished rough opal shape, but just to make it more interesting and
challenging ... a couple of small "fire" shaped flickers have been
An outline of the flame shape will be marked out
on the boulder opal so
all that is needed for the next stage is to carve the mirror image into
the Koroit Boulder. No problem... ?? Well then again, this
may take a little while!
If all goes well with this stage and nothing goes wrong
and gets flung out of the window into the garden below (!) -
I'll be back with the next update showing a
successfully carved out mirror image of the flame into the boulder
Well....as the photo shows,
the carving out of the "flame" shape from the boulder opal, is under
A bit more depth is required yet and the more
exacting task of carving
out those intricate flame "fingers". This is what will take
the most time as I do desire a snug fit, so a lot of attention to
detailed matching of opal to boulder is required here.
So for now, back to the carving...
I am also working concurrently on another
challenging but highly
rewarding piece - a beautiful Gem Opal Pendant featuring inlay centre
piece and intarsia/mosaic surround. (I'm really looking
forward to seeing the finished outcome of this special one!).
!! - Inlaying
this difficult flame-shape opal certainly proved to be challenging - but
it worked out very well !
All the remains now is to give the Gem
Inlay Boulder piece a backing to complete it as a Pendant.
The thickness of this boulder is 2.4mm and for a
nice touch I decided
Boulder on Black should look very attractive by
utilising a 3mm thick slice of jet black leadlight glass.
The cut and polished Pendant will measure
approximately 24.4mm long,
16.5mm wide and 5.2mm thick, excluding the bail.
The finished article ! And....
I must say that I am very happy with the end
The cutting and polishing was straightforward and
the Boulder itself showed
a little more of the Gem
Matrix at the top
of the stone, than I had previously envisaged.
Boulder Opal - one never quite knows what will show itself
until the final cut and polish.
I have fitted a very solid 9ct. yellow gold bail
to this very unique
and unusual "opal
inlay pendant, so it should prove to be very
robust and long wearing.
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