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Please read the following page before you continue with this practice.  You could very well be subjecting yourself to some health risks:

Introductions / Re: Hello from Lake Havasu City, AZ
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:24:25 PM »
Welcome from the Prescott area!   saved17

Nice!  Thank God for handy dads!   dancer27

Holy smokes!   ura12

As long as the stone isn't a heat sensitive one, I see no reason why this wouldn't work.  People have been making lampshades out of geode slices for a long time.  Make sure you don't keep the iron on the stone for too long and let it cool down frequently so it doesn't crack on you.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Arizona!
« on: March 10, 2016, 04:33:37 PM »
Hi Cheryl and welcome to the forum!  Where in AZ are you?  My husband and I are in Chino Valley.

Go right ahead and post pics of your rocks.  Lots of folks here to help you identify them.

James, why don't you try using a pencil to cover the back of your cabs instead of a silver Sharpie?  Whatever they use in the metallic colored ones is way more difficult to remove than pencil or even a plain black sharpie.  I use to use the metallic pens for outlining my stained glass pieces on the glass to cut out because they were more waterproof than anything else I tried and the pattern would disappear on me halfway thru cutting it out.

You only need a steady drip of water on the lap for flat lap purposes, otherwise, as you've found out, hydroplaning happens. 

Tony, what was the website address?  We can use the Wayback Machine to see archived websites even if they're now defunct.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Michigan
« on: February 04, 2016, 04:19:58 PM »
Welcome, David!

Unfortunately, we don't have a large number of faceters on this board, but there are a few.  Natural rough is extremely hard to find nowadays, as you know, and it's also extremely expensive.  My suggestion to you is to join the US Faceting Guild at and ask on their discussion boards.  They just launched their brand spanking new website (which is really nice) and for $18/yr. you have access to all of their resources, including all their newsletters going back to their inception.

They also have a Yahoo group, which you can also join for free.  You may get a better response there to start, as that list has been going for years now and the website just was rolled out a week or two ago.

Another good place to ask would be the forums at Gemology Online (  Lots of faceters there that will hopefully be able to help.

Good luck!

Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: My 1st
« on: January 31, 2016, 07:45:47 PM »
Your picture probably got hosed with the server problem.  You'll most likely need to repost the photo.

Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Clark Co., Nevada trip report
« on: January 31, 2016, 06:35:07 AM »
Excellent trip report and pictures.  You found some really cool looking rough.  Thanks for this!

Hi Albertto,

Your first carved stone is beautiful.  It's not easy to see the imperfections in the pictures.  If Debbie gets on  this thread, she may be able to give you some really good advice, since she carves -- Asianfire, too.

I do know that most carvers often have to make their own tools to polish insides v-cuts or any other depressions in the stone.  Wood dowels work well and you need to make a separate tool for each grit of diamond paste that you are going to use.  If you can, you might also want to buy a copy of Henry Hunt's book  "American Lapidary Designing the Carved Gemstone".  This is an awesome book and there is a section in there on tool making.  You can order it here if you're interesed:

Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: Jade fishy
« on: January 14, 2016, 04:28:50 PM »
That turned out to be one awesome fishy!  It's beautiful and it will win in your Easter show.   yes16

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