in this issue
-- Our Product Line.
-- CHARLES FLYNN'S AMETRINE FANTASY
-- YOU OUGHT TO SEE IT IN SUNLIGHT!
-- NEW Lapidary Representatives
-- John Moe, Noblesville, Indiana
-- Dalan Hargrave, San Antonio area, Texas
-- Elayne Luer,Willits California.
-- Join Us On FACEBOOK!
-- New Ad Campaign
To all of you in the Ultra Tec family.
CHARLES FLYNN'S AMETRINE FANTASY
"article" could be all-pictures - no words - and it would tell the
story. As you've guessed, the picture on the left is Charles Flynn, and
the pictures below are of his fantasy Ametrine.
Charles, a Montana
beet farmer during the growing season, is a research chemist with
Montana State University. He's a hobbyist gem cutter all year round.
John conferred with us about the Fantasy machine's design in its early
Below are photos of an Amatrine that he recently completed on his
Fantasy machine. The front and rear views of the stone, shown below,
tell the story, and are almost all the instructions one would need. It
is impressive to see the optical effect of the relatively few precisely
stepped rear radius cuts.
sent us this cutting information: "The flat pavilion cuts are at 44.7
degrees and prepolished with 3000 Batt followed by polishing with 14k
Voodoo polish on a Darkside flat lap. [On the pavilion] the center
grooves were cut with 3000 Voodoo polish on a 3/8 copper mandrel,
followed by 14k Voodoo polish, on bamboo. The angle used was
approximately 47.2 degrees. The two side grooves were done at
approximately 49.2 degrees. The distance between the middle of the
center groove and the middle of the side grooves was 2 mm. For
polishing, the rotational speed of the mandrels was a setting of 2.5 on
the Fantasy machine. The oscillation speed was a little above half
on the pavilion, cuts were made at 37.5 degrees between each of the five
flat sides - very thin and shallow. A flat cut was made at 65 degrees on
the pavilion to provide for an even girdle. The diameter of the stone is
YOU OUGHT TO SEE IT IN SUNLIGHT!
interesting design from John Wichman - a construction, enhanced by
faceting. It's something modern and interesting -- for the display shelf
- with some nice lighting, of course
John explains that it's a construction of 6 pieces of glass with
dichroic glass cemented between each piece. The bottom 2 pieces are
horizontal, the top 3 are vertical. To get the multiple reflections he
wanted, he faceted several angled planes. The entire faceted
construction is 2" x 2" x 3" high
NEW Lapidary Representatives
We welcome these new representatives to Ultra Tec!
John Moe, Noblesville, Indiana
Moe, of Noblesville, is every bit as enthusiastic and gregarious as his
picture suggests. Long involved with jewelry crafts, John has added
faceting to his skills - a natural progression.
He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with interested people, and,
of course, can provide guidance to people thinking about Ultra Tec
faceting. You'd enjoy a visit.
John Moe's Pentaluna Web Store
Dalan Hargrave, San Antonio area, Texas
known as a master craftsman of artistic jewelry designs, we're pleased
to have Dalan representing Ultra Tec. Dalan is a "perfectionist", and,
as a result, is a frequent award-winner. Dalan lectures widely - happy
to pass along his skills and techniques. Along that line, Dalan has
written articles, and now books, of methods for gem cutting -
down-to-earth and easy to understand - but, at the same time, inspired.
You'd enjoy checking out his website:
Elayne Luer,Willits California.
Luer is a long-time devoted and highly knowledgeable faceter. She has
rejoined us as Ultra Tec's representative "up north" - Willits is about
150 miles north of San Francisco.
Many of you have probably
spoken to Elayne in Tucson, where she shows equipment and, in
particular, offers a broad range of faceting laps. When you are in
Tucson, see her "About Lapidary" display at Electric Park.
Join Us On FACEBOOK!
Tec Faceting has a thriving little community on FACEBOOK. Take a look at
our page for interesting links and updates.
We welcome all our
Ultra Tec cousins as FANS -- your, pictures, experineces, comments and
suggestions are welcome.
Ultra Tec's FACEBOOK Page
New Ad Campaign
For more info:
Thank you as always for your interest in Ultra Tec and our products.
We'll be in touch again soon with the next Sometimes Bulletin.
Bye for now
Ultra Tec Team
The SOMETIMES Archives
John Dyer's DAD Review
Concave Faceting Machine Page
Fantasy Machine Web Page
Our FACEBOOK Page
John Wichman's Design Notes
Darlan Hargrave Article on Concave Faceting
Dalan Hargrave's Concave Facet Book Synopsis
John Dyer's Ultra Tec Faceting Machine Website
Museum Diamonds Website
Glenn Klein's Website
Stephen Kotlowski's Facebook Page
John Moe's Pentaluna Web Store