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Coating druzies


#1

This is my first time here and I am hoping someone can tell me if
anyone knows of someone who will coat druzy crystals with the
beautiful titanium coatings? I have quite a few cabs I would love to
have coated but really don’t want to get involved in what it might
take to do it myself. I contacted RioGrande and they couldn’t help
me and didn’t know of anyone. In Tucson I asked a vendor who said he
coats his own, but said he doesn’t take outside work and wouldn’t
give me any I did try to search the Orchid archives and
couldn’t come up with anything, but as I said, I’m new here and it’s
possible I didn’t ask the right question, so if this subject has
already been covered forgive me.


#2

Hello,

I know a number of vendors that will vapor deposit Ti onto stones,
but they generally contract a minimum of 12.5 kilos of material (
roughly 25 + lbs). Some dichroic glass bead manufacturers have the
technology to do what you want but of the people I know that have
the equipment, I would be amazed if they would do it for an
individual since part of what they do is sell cabbed drusy stock at
various east coast craft school triangle locations- and I purely
speculate that they would see your product as ‘competition’, thus if
youu asked ay of them and explained that you wanted only the minimum
run they can do for your own design use you may have a chance,
provided that is what you intend.If you are planing to sell any
quantity wholesale (or even retail ) then there are a few SE Asian
gem cutting firms that also contract coat stones ( usually materials
that are faceted like,“mystic” topaz,peacock quartz, and other
hard,inexpensive minerals that accept the coating with minimal stone
failure. It is not cheap at any rate. If you are interested, and
think you have enough material ( I doubt anyone i know of would
consider 5-10 pieces) contact me off list and I will send you some
contacts that have the technology- it would be your task to work out
details and arrangements.

good luck -rer


#3
I have quite a few cabs I would love to have coated but really don't
want to get involved in what it might take to do it myself. 

Try Azotic Coatings
http://www.azotic.us

Bill, Deborah & Michele
Reactive Metals Studio, Inc
928-634-3434, 800-876-3434, 928-634-6734fx