Hello all A few months back, I posted a comment about garnets being
very heat sensitive. Well, I now think that comment was based more
on “conventional wisdom” rather than fact. I have been faceting
Demantoid garnets for the last month or so and I can tell you that
the way I have treated these stones with the alcohol lamp is in
contrast to my prior beliefs about garnet. I am doping with brown
wax and placing the garnet directly in the flame while position it.
After transfer with epoxy, I remove the stone from the dop using the
alcohol lamp again, getting the stone so hot that I need a towel to
hold the stone. I have yet to have a problem with these stones.
This is based on the experience of cutting over 30 of these stones
in the last month and a half. I am not sure I want to place a torch
on a tip just yet, but who knows, a little more experimenting might
change my mind about that also.