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Congratulations to irockhound and his Mexican Sagenite Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 03:29:04 AM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Jhon P

 on: Today at 12:16:18 AM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Kaljaia
Elk hunting is great fun you will love it. After you pull the trigger the fun is all over with. A 600 or 700 lb animal it is a lot of work. Good luck and shoot straight!

Haha, I've done that part before! Helped a friend pack out his cow elk already, helped butcher a few times. I can do all the messy work fine, it's the bullet part I'm still new at.

 on: September 23, 2017, 09:21:31 PM 
Started by Eric686 - Last post by edgarscale
i have never noticed sparks.  i have never read about it sparking and i have read over 500 lapidary journal books and others.  this is a first for me.  i am really glad that if/when i do it should be relatively okay.  i'm also happy that the forum does have this vast amount of experience and shares this knowledge willingly.  i'm still going to keep a better eye on it though.  i will have to reorganize my work shop a little.  hubby and i do wood and stone carving in there also.  i'm thinking dust and sparks.....   :icon_scratch:

 on: September 23, 2017, 08:51:01 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by gemfeller

Blue bed thunder eggs, iv dug on the far right side of the face of blue bed are half opalite junk balls.
The name opalite is confusing because it's both the trade name of a man-made glass opal simulant mentioned by ASO, and natural non-precious opal aka "common opal".  It can form in association with agate in some thundereggs and nodules, and is also found in massive form.  Years ago I saw boulders of pink and blue opalite as big as VW bugs that had been unearthed by heavy equipment in a power line construction project in Idaho. 

Natural opalite comes in many colors like the fine green material from Indonesia, Africa and Macedonia; the fine blues and pinks from Peru; the red/orange/yellow fire opals of Braazil, Mexico and Oregon and elsewhere; blues from Idaho and elsewhere; black, amber, and probably other colors I can't bring to mind at the moment.  Some opalite colors have good commercial value when cut as gems.   

 on: September 23, 2017, 07:00:19 PM 
Started by Neural - Last post by irockhound
I agree with Jhon, I would use a block of wood or steel block and some 600 sandpaper.  If I did need to do it with a file I would use the largest fine file I could get and run the length of the file as parallel to the sheet edge as possible to reduce any gouging.  The more the file is perpendicular to the sheet edge the more you'll run into that problem.

 on: September 23, 2017, 06:52:54 PM 
Started by luke - Last post by irockhound
Welcome Luke.  I don't miss the cold winters from the North East.  I hope you have a nice heated shop so you can work things thru the winter.

From SoCal, Steve

 on: September 23, 2017, 06:45:53 PM 
Started by veesix - Last post by irockhound
There is a nice Green Fluorite location in the North Cady Mountains but haven't seen any come from the lavic area but it is only about 15 miles away.  Could be possible someone high graded during a trip.  The North Cady location is on the East end of the Sagenite Agate area (One large wash between the Sagenite and the Fluorite).

 on: September 23, 2017, 06:38:24 PM 
Started by Eric686 - Last post by lithicbeads
I use my tile saw cooled with water after dark at times. With translucent agate you can get quite a light show. I use very cheap blades so I am not very concerned but with a standard issue expensive blade I would try  the suggestions to minimize the occurrence to be on the safe side.

 on: September 23, 2017, 05:52:04 PM 
Started by Bluetangclan - Last post by Bluetangclan
I know. Its like shotgun ammo, the smaller it is the bigger it is. I am trying to get a baseline pile of silver to start making things and needing to know the particular gauges I should pick up in a bulk buy to make some fairly uncomplicated rings and pendants.

 on: September 23, 2017, 05:49:45 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Jhon P
Elk hunting is great fun you will love it. After you pull the trigger the fun is all over with. A 600 or 700 lb animal it is a lot of work. Good luck and shoot straight!

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