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Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / extreme lapidary
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:42:16 AM »
Not nasa or telescope extreme but still extreme

I'll try to explain what it is that I have done here and hope that the pictures will make it clear. First why did I do this? if you have a 10 inch saw and want to cut a larger hard stone like agate you may get disapointed I have found that the 1/3 the diameter rule of thumb doesn't work with good hard agate like Montana or Brazilian especially.You may be familiar with the process of rolling the stone through the saw where you get drenched with oil and make a funky cut if you can get through it at all. This is my solution to the problem, first I start with a 4"x 4" piece of channel iron with a hole drilled dead center then I had a disk made by a machinest 4" in diameter with a bolt 1/2 " bolt welded dead center to it. The next step is to glue your rock to the disk centered as well as possible. Clamping the channel iron in your vise and sliding the disk with glued rock and bolt through the hole and tightening down with a ratchet. At this point you can start your cut, I start with about a 1 inch long cut first, then I loosen the bolt and rotate the rock one way or the other doesn't really matter, and proceed to cut another 1" swath I continue doing this until I'm almost through the rock then let is go from there hope these pictures show what I am doing.

I'm not too good at trying to explain something like this but if you have any questions go for it I'll try to answer for you this has several or at least a few benifits. 

Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / My daughters Christmas present
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:41:39 PM »
I have done very little wire wrapping I know I have a long way to go this is my first full piece have made a few  like three other pendants.Gve this to her for Christmas and she gave us one that is priceless she's pregnant with her mothers first grandchild.

Our Place / new light tent
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:11:04 AM »
I recently purchased a light tent kit not an expensive one but not cheap either. I have been practicing with it and have finally gotten some that are fairly good.

My goal was to have a truely representative picture not enhanced in anyway, and free from reflections like seeing the camera etc. on the face of the stone. I feel that I have done this but it seems to be at the expense of showing the luster of the polish any suggestions?

Our Place / Rock and Gem January
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:15:42 PM »
Have you  all gotten your copy of this issue, if you haven't you should get one and go directly to page 22

Just finished upgrading from SIC to diamond and am wondering if I need to break them in and if so what is the best process any of you would suggest for belts and the hard wheel too.

Our Place / What does it take
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:13:20 PM »
I had a conversation with a forum member who is possibly going into production cutting. I was just going to talk to him about it but then got to thinking that for a lot of us it would be interesting to hear from those here that are doing or have done production cutting. Just what does production cutting entail? Do you do it like an 8 hr job is it pumping out as many beads, cabs, pendants or what ever. Does it have a burn out time? I'm just curious I know from my personal experience that having a passion for something going to school for it then out into the real world and finding that all the things about your discipline you liked become less important to an employer than management skills etc. 

Our Place / What wire to get
« on: February 01, 2014, 06:51:21 PM »
Well I have decided to take up wire wrapping. I got a beginner type tool kit with nine tools that I'm sure will be enough until I decide I need something else. I am going to get copper wire to use as practice wire but what gauges should I buy and where to get smaller quantities I don't want to start with big spools of each type?

Our Place / Does this stir anything in your soul
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:00:50 AM »
The Spell of the Yukon

I wanted the gold, and I sought it,
  I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy -- I fought it;
  I hurled my youth into a grave.

I wanted the gold, and I got it --
  Came out with a fortune last fall, --
Yet somehow life's not what I thought it,
  And somehow the gold isn't all.

No! There's the land. (Have you seen it?)
  It's the cussedest land that I know,
From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it
  To the deep, deathlike valleys below.

Some say God was tired when He made it;
  Some say it's a fine land to shun;
Maybe; but there's some as would trade it
  For no land on earth -- and I'm one.

You come to get rich (damned good reason);
  You feel like an exile at first;
You hate it like hell for a season,
  And then you are worse than the worst.

It grips you like some kinds of sinning;
  It twists you from foe to a friend;
It seems it's been since the beginning;
  It seems it will be to the end.

I've stood in some mighty-mouthed hollow
  That's plumb-full of hush to the brim;
I've watched the big, husky sun wallow
  In crimson and gold, and grow dim,

Till the moon set the pearly peaks gleaming,
  And the stars tumbled out, neck and crop;
And I've thought that I surely was dreaming,
  With the peace o' the world piled on top.

The summer -- no sweeter was ever;
  The sunshiny woods all athrill;
The grayling aleap in the river,
  The bighorn asleep on the hill.

The strong life that never knows harness;
  The wilds where the caribou call;
The freshness, the freedom, the farness --
  O God! how I'm stuck on it all.

The winter! the brightness that blinds you,
  The white land locked tight as a drum,
The cold fear that follows and finds you,
  The silence that bludgeons you dumb.

The snows that are older than history,
  The woods where the weird shadows slant;
The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,
  I've bade 'em good-by -- but I can't.

There's a land where the mountains are nameless,
  And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
  And deaths that just hang by a hair;

There are hardships that nobody reckons;
  There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There's a land -- oh, it beckons and beckons,
  And I want to go back -- and I will.

They're making my money diminish;
  I'm sick of the taste of champagne.
Thank God! when I'm skinned to a finish
  I'll pike to the Yukon again.

I'll fight -- and you bet it's no sham-fight;
  It's hell! -- but I've been there before;
And it's better than this by a damsite --
  So me for the Yukon once more.

There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting;
  It's luring me on as of old;
Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wanting
  So much as just finding the gold.

It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
  It's the forests where silence has lease;
It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
  It's the stillness that fills me with peace

Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / diamond vs SiC
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:44:55 PM »
I am trying to convert from Sic to Diamond but I can't buy an 80 or 100 diamond hard wheel at this time. So my question is if I am cutting jaspers and agates for the most part how long do you think a 220 diamond belt would last relative to a 100 grit SiC hard wheel 8X1 1/2" and diamond belt  belt 8X3. I realize there may be lots of variebles but just fro anyones experience what do you think. I have not used diamond before

Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / expandable drums and belts
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:28:59 PM »
Kngsley sells two types of expandable drums the ex Lortone and another noname brand. the Lortone says it takes a 25 1/8 " belt(8X3) and the other takes a 25 7/16" belt for the 8X3. There is no perimeter size given for the 8X3 belts. The 3/16 inch difference can be quite a bit so do they work on both drums? I was looking at the Eastwind belts.

What is the maximum depth of cut you have attained on a 10" saw. I can manage about 3.5" but I have to keep the kerf clean by not feeding it an even back up a bit to try and flush everything and really pour the lube to it.

Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Fabuluster-Zam and others
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:14:04 PM »
I vaguely remember some here referencing using products like these on certain stones. I thought that they were relegated to polishing metals but if they also work on stone I would like to know under what circumstances and stones it is appropriate for. Is it a lasting polish or just a temporary enhancement? Pro's and cons want to hear all opinions.

I found this in my collection of slabs today. It was marked Queens stone so I looked it up and they used it in the same breath as Breauno is that correct? What can you tell me about it.

Ochoco eggs from Washington? Saw some on ebay that looked like the matrix was similar but didn't have the vug.

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