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The Gathering => Introductions => Topic started by: Macknight on March 22, 2016, 10:24:32 AM

Title: Intro
Post by: Macknight on March 22, 2016, 10:24:32 AM
Hello. I'm Mac and started polishing rocks last November. My three-year-old granddaughter brought me several rocks "for my collection." I didn't have a rock collection, but when your granddaughter brings you rocks, you have to start one.

I decided to polish some rocks so I could share them with her, so I bought a double barrel Lortone tumbler. I'm on my fourth load and am learning. I sorted through my "polished" rocks yesterday and put about 3/4 of them back for more polishing, so I'm getting more particular.

I bought Modern Rock Tumbling by Steve Hart. Very good advice in that book.

I bought some rough iron pyrite and am unsure how to process it. The polished stones I've seen on line don't seem as pretty as the rough pyrite.  I'd appreciate any advice on how to improve rough iron pyrite.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Intro
Post by: Steve on March 22, 2016, 10:48:45 AM
 welcome1 ...............to the............... chitchat ...................from New Mexico................. hatsoff14
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Post by: Alvin on March 22, 2016, 12:27:47 PM
welcome from Maine. My daughter was always bringing rocks home for us. Now she is a geologist. good of you to get involved.
Title: Re: Intro
Post by: hulagrub on March 22, 2016, 01:25:56 PM
Welcome from Northwest Arkansas!
Pyrite is an absolute mess to cut and polish. It takes a light touch and can be pretty when it is part of a rock, like in the Bisbee turquoise.
Title: Re: Intro
Post by: James D. Farrow on March 22, 2016, 01:47:44 PM
Welcome from Canada!

 welcome1

James
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Post by: Charles on March 22, 2016, 01:50:23 PM
 welcome1 from Southern Oklahoma. Pull up a chair and join in the chitchat
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Post by: Desertwind on March 22, 2016, 03:32:35 PM
Welcome from southern New Mexico.
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Post by: Yukon Jade on March 22, 2016, 04:30:28 PM


          Glad to have you ,  yes16 pyrite is best as a specimen.   Oregon.
Title: Re: Intro
Post by: Macknight on March 22, 2016, 11:38:24 PM
Thanks for the welcome and pyrite info. I think I'll not tumble it, just put it in my finished rocks. I'll share it with my grandchildren, who will love being "fooled."
Title: Re: Intro
Post by: slabbercabber on March 23, 2016, 05:28:40 AM
Welcome from East Texas.