Can anyone suggest how I can clean this up and make this nice
ammonite brilliant again?
The new UV curing crystal cement is great for this. Unlike epoxy, it
can be polished with normal metal or plastic polishing technique.
Layer a coat on top and polish it lightly until you get what you
A story about this stuff: About two years or so ago, I was building
an opal/ diamond pendant in 22K. I dropped the opal into my benchpan
and it broke, nearly in half. I was sick. I was devastated.
Unbelievable. Beautiful opal. Trashed in 1/10 of a second. A reminder
to lay a towel across the tools in my pan for protection. Too late.
I really thought this job might be the death of me. I told the
client. He wasn't interested in a new stone. He was more interested
in trying to restore his little treasure. I mapped out a strategy to
epoxy it back together and to use crystal cement to hide the damage.
He agreed. I finished the job and delivered it fully expecting to
recieve no compensation. The damage was only visible under
magnification. He was so happy, that he paid fully for the job.
I was a happy boy.