Apparently the Blogger has been spending a little too much time hiding in the Blue Box, but at least when
in there, the Blogger gets things accomplished!
Here's a little taste of what's been done recently.
We couldn't decide what colour heart we wanted to make, so in this case, we started with two slabs.
Then we roughed them out on the 80 wheel of our lovely Genie, and stuck them onto dop sticks with wax
so we don't grind off our fingers when working on the finer parts.
After that, it's work and grind and shape and smooth, going through all 7 different grits until we get to a
Right now, the cabs are hanging out in the freezer so they pop off the wax and we can get to work
wrapping them. Of course, before they got there, we had to clean up, our least favourite part.
Now you can see why the Blogger thinks we look like we've been slaughtering small animals! There is a
lot of iron content in the red stone, which is also very soft, meaning that there's a lot of grit and residue
leftover when we're working. And since we use water-cooling for the grinding wheels, the water turns red,
and then starts dripping down elbows and splattering everywhere.
Which is, of course, half the fun of it!
Until next time,
The Blue Box Blogger
Welcome to our little corner of the internet. Here we will be posting interesting (we hope) information
about what's going on in our little blue box of a shop. We'll keep you updated on how projects are coming
along and discuss some of the various aspects involved in lapidary and wirewrap work.
Stick around; things will get smoother as we get everything up and running.
The Blue Box Blogger sometimes has a strange sense of humour that comes out here rather than the workshop.