clock from rock
October 11, 2006 3:09pm CST
Hi I would like to make a clock using a rock as the basic structure. I was thinking of using white pebble rock from the garden center or rose quartz, I know nothing about cutting or drilling these materials, or clock making. It just seems a nice idea and I would like to try it out. Can anybody help?
• United States
12 Oct 06
Here's a couple of places for you to check out that explains far better than any of us here probably can. The first one is Dad's Rock Shop, and discusses all of the proper tools for the types of rock you're cutting. The second one is a step-by-step guide. They're using smaller rocks, and a little different equipment. They're a lapidary journal, and they have a place where you can ask questions, and have archives of articles, too. The third URL is for a place that has different lapidary equipment. Good luck, sounds like a fun project! http://www.dadsrockshop.com/faq/faq_equipment.html http://www.lapidaryjournal.com/stepbystep/mar04.cfm http://gemstoneworld.com/hardware/saws3.htm
11 Oct 06
Quartz has a hardness of about 7 on the MOHs scale, so must drillbits will not cut it. You'll need a specialist dril and it will still take ages to cut. Not impossible, just tricky. It might be worth you asking the advice of a lapidary tools supplier who will be able to suggest the right rock and tools for the job you havce in mind.