I got this experience from my friend who works as an agate craftsman in Wonogiri which is one of the best agate-producing places in Central Java. Now for those of you who want to try and already have the necessary equipment to make and shape agate according to your dreams, here are some steps to form and make agate:
Before forming and creating agate, make sure you have prepared all the necessary equipment and tools to form agate such as:
- Grinding, it would be better to sit down so that the results of chipping and shaping are closer to the desired accuracy and precision.
- Cutting blade grinding.
- mall ruler
- Double tips, tapes
- Wooden or bamboo handle
- Markers, it’s better to have permanent markers so that the color to line the agate doesn’t get lost easily
- Sandpaper of sizes 100, 200 and 1000 to polish the agate that has been formed.
- Alteco glue or rock glue
Forming & Making Your Own Agate
1 Replace the grinding head with the cutting blade that you have prepared then cut the part of the agate you want to shape, like the picture below:
2 After you get the pieces of agate you want, then make a mall with markers that you have prepared in advance according to your dreams, see the picture below:
3 After you create the mall then grind the agate to form the mall or design you want, see the picture below:
4 Now if you have got the shape according to the mall, then the next step is to use the sandpaper that you prepared in sequence according to the smoothness or texture of the sandpaper starting from size 100, 200 to polish, which is 1500 which is made and cut according to the grinding head and connected with double tips.
To make it easier for you to sand a small size agate, you can glue the agate using alteco agate glue with a wooden or bamboo handle, please see the picture below.
Well, it’s easy to make agate, all you have to do is put a ring on it to place your agate (mban).