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This novel makes a valiant attempt at substantiating its main proposition: the notion that warfare is an extremely atrocious facet of humanity and that it must be avoided at all costs to prevent grave consequences.
Warfare is an extremely atrocious facet of humanity,and, to prevent grave consequences, must be avoided at all costs. This novel makes a valiant attempt of substantiating this point in its main proposition.
We recently nabbed several raw, uncut and unpolished semi-precious stones. I want to polish them myself and get them set into necklaces, but I don't know how.
You can get a tumbler as mentioned in another answer, but it will leave the stones in a rough shape, just polished. It's perfect if your doing wire wrapping, but you won't be able to set them into anything. They won't become cabochons in a tumbler, as in a flat bottom and domed top for setting in a bezel setting, nor will you be able to facet them. For that you need a saw and a cutting machine, both are going to be quite pricey even if they are pre-owned. And you also have to learn how to cut stones, you won't be able to figure it out on your own, it's a delicate art that takes time and a whole lot of patience to learn. If your really interested in cutting them, a lot of community colleges offer lapidary classes that will teach the basics of cabbing stones, and have machines provided in class (and it'll only be a few hundred dollars for the class). If want to learn to facet stones, you have to go to a gemological school that offers gem cutting courses (very expensive, in the thousands of dollars, and you'll need to at some point purchase your own Equipment). However, you can have quite a lucrative career being a gem cutter, if you contract out with a local jewelry store.
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