11 replies, 8 voices Last updated by Eric Hoffman 4 years ago
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    • #2524

      TownsendWolfe
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      @TownsendWolfe

      I’m cutting a series of 6×4 mm pear shape topaz. Who makes a small scalloped dop, and is that really the right type of dop that I want to use for a pear shaped stone? Thank you in advance for your input…

    • #2525

      Alan Balmer
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      @alanbalmer

      I use a cone dop for pears. I’ve never seen a dop specialized for pears.

    • #2526

      TownsendWolfe
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      @TownsendWolfe

      This series of pears is a little curious. Two culets and a keel between them, in-line from the center of the big end towards the point of the pear.

      Because of this keel a standard cone dop wouldn’t work. I ended up going to Ace and getting a length of 1/4″ brass rod and making a cone dop 3.85mm (for the 4mm widthd) and then using a jeweler’s triangular file, cut a v-shaped notch. Notch ended up bigger and deeper than I thought but it fits right. Using epoxy now. We’ll see.

    • #2527

      Alan Balmer
      Keymaster
      @alanbalmer

      Interesting. Is the design available?

    • #2528

      TownsendWolfe
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      @TownsendWolfe

      http://www.facetdiagrams.org/database/files/pc05119.html

    • #2529

      Alan Balmer
      Keymaster
      @alanbalmer

      Thank you. I see the problem with dopping. An oversized cone would probably still work, but wouldn’t be ideal. An interesting design by Robert Strickland.

    • #2530

      Gregory Hays
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      @gregoryhays

      I recently cut a 14×10 pear shaped Topaz using one of the Long designs. The pavilion on this design to had an offset and a keel that prevented using the standard cone dop. I ended up doing the same modifying a cone with a vee section. A standard vee Dop would have worked but I felt I needed a little more support the cone section of the modified Dop provided. I have never seen a standard produced vee-coned dop.
      Greg Hays
      The Gem Garden
      San Marcos CA

    • #2552

      Jon Rolfe
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      @jonathan lrolfe

      I have a series of cone dops that have a “V” milled in one side for pears. Years ago I was um.. Maneuvered..into doing a bunch of pears and teardrops for a charity auction. I actually got to enjoy cutting them.

    • #6445

      gemmakermz
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      @gemmakermz

      just use a regular V dop used for emerald cuts thats what most do or live with small cup.

    • #6452

      ozgurertan
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      @ozgurertan

      Facetron used to have special dops I have one of them depending on the design it is useful.

    • #6453

      tonyburston
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      @tonyburston

      I have used a standard V dop with a piece of masking tape wrapped around it loose at the top to accommodate the point of the pear and filled it with 5 minute epoxy.
      this supports the vulnerable point.
      The tape usually peels off as soon as it gets wet.

    • #6520

      Eric Hoffman
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      @erichoffman

      As gemmakermz said, just use a vee dop for stones with keel culets. You can use a cone dop for pretty much anything with a point culet.

      Especially if you use wax for dopping, or if you use hybrid dopping with a wax “seat” and the stone glued in with CA (aka Crazy Glue). I don’t want to sidetrack the OP and start Ye Ole Dopping Debate, it’s just one of the advantages of using wax 😉

      –Eric

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