The material is not a dopping wax and epoxy mixture, although I
almost fell off my chair laughing when I read that.
The material is just good old devcon “liquid bronze” a metal filled
To back stones first slice or select turquoise of the desired
thickness. Lay down a full square of aluminum foil or wax paper.
Mix the devcon and spread it out over the wax paper/aluminum foil
with a disposable plastic spatula about 3/16 - thick.
place your turquoise slabs/nuggets cutting surface up into the
devcon. push down a little and move the stone around a little to make
sure you have a good seal on the bottom side.
In the alternative you can place dollops like cookie dough, and place
individual stones onto the dollops.
Place all of your pieces just far enough apart so that you can
separate them with a lapidary saw when the backing hardens.
Use a lapidary saw to separate the backed stones and trim for
if you are old fashioned, you can then dop them with wax, or if you
are lazy like me - use a dab of hot glue, and substitute a sturdy
nail for the wooden dop stick. The nail will conduct heat from the
hot glue, and allow it to set more quickly.
You can also use super glue to adhere the nail (dop stick) to the
stone, but you will have to heat the nail (at the other end) with a
torch (in an extremely well ventilated area) when you want to break
the bond quickly.
There you have it. The secret finally revealed!
I rather suspect the cutters are using the bronze backing because
they have found it weighs more, and turquoise cut in this fashion is
sold by the carat;) Otherwise you could just use Devcon “plastic
Below is a link to a company that sells the stuff.
M. M. Rogers Design