The resultant layering and colour play of the resin is complete chance and is often not revealed until the first cuts into the resin chunks are made. The Surfite may be opaque or clear and have air bubbles trapped within.
I use a number of adapted lapidary techniques including hand carving, shaping and polishing to ensure maximum colour play of the striations. The ‘initial roughing out’ is done first on coarse grit lapidary wheels by hand to carve a rough 3-Dimensional shape. The shape is then refined and honed whilst working through finer and finer grits before getting its final polish. By cutting the slices in different directions it is possible to create unusual and unique pieces. As an otherwise waste product, the resin often contains sections with too much fibreglass or debris.
Unlike items formed by pouring resin into a mould which cures/sets as a whole; the layers of Surfite cure and dry at different times which leaves sections vulnerable to fracturing; these too need to be removed as early on in the process as possible. This is a highly labour-intensive process but results in completely unique one of kind jewellery.