2022-8-21: Obsidian experiment

8/21/2022: obsidian experiment

I bought some obsidian a while ago and just got around to cutting it. Needless to say I have no clue what I'm doing and likely wrecked a few pieces. Some will show rainbow and other colors when you cut it right, and I definitely did not do that. I tried to salvage some by tumbling it, so buckle up!

But before we start....

This weekend we met up with one of my biggest fans - Dave. The minute he saw me, I took a picture and as you can see he was so happy to see me. Dave has a lot of experience with photo editing, so I wanted to try my hand at it. Turns out I'm really good at it, and I'm pretty sure he's going to be very impressed. You're welcome Dave.

I'll admit, I usually have no idea what I'm doing. This is no exception. Here's a piece of obsidian I recently slabbed. Unfortunately, what I didn't realize is that if you cut it at a different angle against those lines, you can sometimes get other colors to show.

After watching a youtube video, I cut another piece and here it is with the sun hitting it. Pretty nice huh. But what am I going to do with all of the other pieces already cut...?

I set off trying to find the perfect angle to cut the next batch at. I marked up a bunch of the pieces and went at it.

But let me tell you, this stuff is sharp. Basically shards of glass, so I tried a technique that I thought would protect me AND make me look really cool. It worked!

And here we are, a bunch of cut pieces. Unfortunately, none of them showed any color like my other one, so I decided to throw them in the tumbler. At least they'll be shiny.

Action shot in the tumbler!

Clean out day!

Still no colorful sheen but at least they're kinda shiny!

And now I have a bunch of these... obsidian sticks? Dunno but they're cool!

This one is actually before the final polish but turned out ok.

And as a final note - Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to hire me for your photo editing needs. As you can see from above, my work speaks for itself.