Judith! I have some wax carving methods I use in conjunction
with opals that I think are a little different. Or to put it
another way, I've never seen anyone else doing it. I actually
build the wax around the stone using a mini torch and foot
control wax pen. Carefully applying the torch to the wax produces
a nice shiny effect without the need to use sandpaper. This
method produces some very interesting "organic" shapes. If you
need some opals to try it out, please get in touch.