Cutting and Polishing Halite

cutting and polishing halite - cleaning a crystal
“Cleaning Halite Pieces” by Alisha Vargas. Licensed under CC By 2.0.

A while ago, some experts claimed to successfully cut and polish halite. Here is how I do it.

Stick it in your mouth, then flush liberally with 190 proof grain alcohol (if you’ve got any left after the last toga party). Slight rounding at facet junctions may occur using this method. For a little acid to help polish, a wedge of lemon or lime works well. Take two aspirin in the morning.

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Jeff R. Graham
The late Jeff Graham was a prolific faceter, creator of many original faceting designs, and the author of several highly-regarded instructional faceting books such as Gram Faceting Designs.
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