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Congratulations to Stonemon and his White Plume Agate and Sandsave and his Coprolite!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 02:58:48 AM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Asianfire
Took a picture of some bats in our previous abode, and planed to convert it into a carving for years.
But lucking the skills, I never dared to actually try it.

Its now or never, so make or break, here we go....
and so it beginns by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
Taking my time, one aspect at a time.
Jade Project Bats by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
Then another wing and a head the next day
Jade Project Bats by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
Rushed a bit today with the garble of wings and the second head...
Jade Project Bats by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Thinking of utilizing Orums Moonstone again for the eyes. The colour while standing out, is not to strong a contrast and yet should give a focal point to any viewer when attempting to decipher the object at hand.
With some cuts being as deep ad 7+mm, I 'm not looking forward to the polishing. Looking at endless hours of sanding and toothpick polish.

Thanks for looking, Kurt

 on: June 19, 2018, 09:10:05 PM 
Started by cobbledstones - Last post by 1200cc
I like the way it turned out!  :drool: I would be interested to see the first one too. Have you considered using two coring bits of different diameters to create the "bead" blank? There is some petrified wood I would like to try this out on.

 on: June 19, 2018, 07:05:03 PM 
Started by Greg Hiller - Last post by lithicbeads
The border is too far east but the river gets pounded by locals selling to dealers. People drown on the Yellowstone. Afternoon thunderstorms have sent me back up stream through rapids from the 60mph and more down draft winds. Tornados are more common than you think  and this rockhound almost drowned in one and saw another rockhound get their leg shattered.Put in the Yellowstone but only go upstream. Irrigation diversion dams are very low and very hard to see when going downstream.Going up you see the hazards while under control.Very good lifejackets needed. The water is cold and the visibility about one inch in summer due to mud.Try  the eastern side of fort Peck reservoir just not by the dam for fossils. Billions of the in spots  on the wave cut terraces near the Hells Creek area. Ruby reservoir for garnets and the old west experience.By that I mean the campers have been held up by gunpoint numerous times over the years , all at once very efficient.Good crystals near Homestake Pass if you do not get shot at night in the campgrounds by drunks or fall into the hundreds of open mine shafts.After a few decades Montana got to be a huge pain to me, too much gun violence. A buddy of mine is a very dark African -American and he has had great success and made lifelong friends by asking farmers for access. Lots of wonderful people in Montana but also a number of people that shoot the police on sight.What a grand contradiction .

 on: June 19, 2018, 06:39:41 PM 
Started by MurphyStone - Last post by Ryaly2dogs
Dang!  Some nice looking marcasite agate on first run?  Was this a find or a purchase?  Also, is that a flame agate or a Paul Bunyon on the second sequence?  Those are some fun looking slabs you  brought forth!

 on: June 19, 2018, 01:28:51 PM 
Started by Greg Hiller - Last post by 55fossil
   6 Montana trips with Joe Love who lived in MT taught me a bit. There was a lot more agate and petrified wood in the farm fields than in the river, that you could see to find. The farmers were pretty willing to let you in fields that were not being farmed. I looked for fresh plowed fields and any nearby rock piles. Joe and I traveled with a guy who purchased multi-ton rock piles from many of the ranchers. The ranchers knew the rock had value! Offering a trespass fee or per bucket fee will often get you access. Just like in the Owyhee's, the ranchers have had enough of the jump the fence crowd. They are very friendly but do know how to say no. The best fossils did seem to come out of the river, just not for me.

 on: June 19, 2018, 12:09:15 PM 
Started by Lydia - Last post by Lydia
I'll see if I can get a streak plate and try that.

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 on: June 19, 2018, 12:03:53 PM 
Started by MurphyStone - Last post by Sapphireminer
Some very nice slabs there. I do the same pick out the best looking rough and cut first but half way through always wish I had saved a good piece for last.

 on: June 19, 2018, 11:51:31 AM 
Started by kanecats - Last post by lapidaryrough
The photo shows a cheap motor from the 80s,
 Toms Saws were sent out with Baldor motors.  On his wife saws, Fran - an - Tom.

  My  1956 Frantom had the 3/4 Hp. Baldor.
 The start plate went out on the capacitor start up phase.

  Changed too a Lassen Farm duty  1 Hp. 220. Less amp pull an cheaper to run.

  Farm duty motors are best for all needs.
 Hp ratings have changed due to the type of wiring used.
Capacitor start motor with sealed farm duty bearings. for indoor / outdoor all weather use.
  Old equipment 3/4 hp. then / now 1 hp - 1.5 hp.

 on: June 19, 2018, 11:38:57 AM 
Started by kanecats - Last post by MurphyStone
Did you just pick this up out of michigan?  Looks like something I saw somewhat local. 

I used to go through 1/3hp on my 14" quite often, just bumped it to a 1HP and hope to get better longevity. 

 on: June 19, 2018, 11:06:06 AM 
Started by Lydia - Last post by Lydia
I hear you. Some of the other pieces aren't transluscent. does include translucent under the transparency description although I agree that it is very unusual. The associated minerals are typical for turquoise...quartz and pyrite. None of the other suggestions seem to play out but if it makes you happy then I will seek out other tests. Do you have any suggestions?

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