What is Crushed Opal Used For?
Crushed opal is widely used for anything that requires a vibrant, colourful and interesting design element. Handcraft and creations that use crushed opal include:-
- Jewellery Making (Ring inlays, pendants, earrings etc)
- Woodworking and Turning,
- Pen Turning,
- Resin Art,
- Nail Art,
- Blade Smithing,
- Anything that requires a decorative inlay.
What is crushed opal?
Our crushed opals are a high quality synthetic lab-made material that consists of silica and polymer resin rather than hydrated silica (natural opal). What makes this synthetic opal superior is the polymer stabilises the opal which makes it easier for jewellery making, resulting in less cracking and crazing. All of our opal colours will not colour fade or yellow and are chemically resistant to acetone, methanol and thinner.
The opal making process is complex with the opal grown over a time frame of one year in a controlled environment. The process involves layering to create the kaleidoscope of stunning colour patterns. Once the opal is grown, the rough cut stone is crushed and sifted to the required stone size.