Recommended Equipment and Supplies

Hi - Tech Diamond Equipment and Supplies

Heather Canyon is now an affiliate of Hi-Tech diamond.  Hi-tech is the leading supplier in lapidary equipment and supplies, including Cab King, Inland Craft and Tumble Bee.  For more information on Hi-Tech Diamond, click here.  

*Note that the discount is for materials and supplies.  I recommend that you register for an account before purchasing as they often send additional discounts via email.

Cab King
Inland Craft
Tumble Bee
Mini diamond smoothing disc kits

Smoothing disc dremel attachments are great for polishing and shaping opal.  

Green Forest Lapidary

If you are looking for less expensive alternatives for lapidary grinding discs, polishing discs, saw blades and other materials, Green Forest Lapidary on EBay is an excellent resource.  I especially like his electroplated diamond discs with magnetic backs.

He also has a great selection of saw blades

These diamond polishing pads are a great and economical way of polishing larger flat surfaces of stone.  These can be put on an angle grinder or drill.  To use with a drill, you will need the drill adapter.  Remember that the stone must be kept wet when working with diamond polishing.  Kerston Safford has a you tube video on how to make an inexpensive drip system.

If you want something a little more upscale, you can also get a wet angle grinder.

Other Supplies

Opticon is a popular thin epoxy for stabilizing stones and sealing fractures or small pits.

This water clear thick epoxy is used to made doublets and triplets by gluing thin stones together.  It can also be used to fill pits or cracks in your stone.

This You Tube video also discusses stabilizing stone with E330 dissolved in acetone.

https://amzn.to/3nGNPrkI discuss the benefits of butvar in stabilizing rocks in my article here.

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