"Nutcracker Pendant"
(Advanced Intrarsia Project)

by Tom & Kay Benham

Step 61: Epoxy a cylinder into the first buttonhole. Once in place, clip the button off with a rock nipper then repeat process for the remaining buttonholes.

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Step 62: Grind top and bottom jacket surfaces on a flat lap to remove the excess button material and epoxy.

Step 63: Cut a length of .120" X .120" of heavy wall sterling silver square tubing for the belt buckle.

Step 64: Grind one edge of a 1" X .160" strip of black jade flat.

Step 65: Cut the black jade strip in half and square the ends on the grinder with the 90 degree grinding guide.

Step 66: Epoxy the piece of square tubing between the two pieces of black jade to form the belt and buckle. Use a backstop to keep this assembly aligned. [We used a block of Teflon to prevent the assembly from sticking to the surface.]

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Step 67: Grind one edge of the belt/buckle assembly flat to remove the excess epoxy.

Step 68: Epoxy this edge of the belt assembly to the bottom of the jacket taking care to align the center of the buckle with the center seam of the jacket.

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Step 69: Grind the bottom edge of the belt flat and parallel to the top edge of the belt.

Step 70: Cut two strips of red coral for the bottom of the jacket. Put together with double-sided tape. Grind one long side flat.

Step 71: Grind a 45 degree angle on one end using the 45 degree grinding guide. Then disassemble and set aside.

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Step 72: Square up two edges of a piece of lapis using the 90 degree grinding guide. Cut off triangular piece at squared up corner.

Step 73: Epoxy the two strips of red coral to each side of the lapis triangle forming the lower jacket assembly. Use a Teflon block to align the top edge of the assembly.

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Step 74: Clean up top edge of assembly so the edge is flat. Flatten the bottom edge so it is parallel to the top edge and is approx. .125" high.

Step 75: Epoxy the lower jacket assembly to the bottom of the belt so that the tip of the lapis triangle is centered with the center of the belt buckle.

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