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 on: Today at 12:39:34 PM 
Started by Kaljaia - Last post by Kaljaia
Hunting season is done and it's been below freezing and dry for a week. Time to go play outside.

Visited the reservoir thunder egg bed to 'take stock,' because I've been sending some co-workers there recently and wanted to make sure there were still easily-recognizable surface eggs to be found. Most of the lower slope float eggs are gone but there were still plenty up higher in the narrow drainage. I don't collect from here anymore unless it's particularly unusual- the red/pink moss vein certainly counts!


Freezing fog on top.


The bed is below the frost line- check out the flocked trees at the top of the hill.


Petrified wood


Agate egg cores




Red and pink moss. I think it's 'thunder egg' agate that filled a cavity in the rhyolite. I have a rounded nodule of very similar material from the same location that was free of its matrix. It'll be fun to break into next spring! It's got a nice big tube cavity in it too, that got washed out to prevent Surprise Scorpions but didn't photograph well.

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 on: Today at 05:59:43 AM 
Started by Bluetangclan - Last post by Bluetangclan
Thanks for the support guys. It was my first wrap in about a year so I was trying to remember how to do things as I was doing it. Now I can say I have worked in gold lol.

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 on: December 11, 2017, 07:33:12 PM 
Started by Ryaly2dogs - Last post by Jhon P
I hope the fire stays away, it sure has been tragic in California this year. I don’t think we have heard from ranger Dave since the maraposa fires? The geodes went onlong or egg shape? Just grind the high ends and make round and put them back into the machine. Where did the honey oynx come from? I collected some from the gentleman that owns oynx springs by Death Valley.  He hasn’t been interested in letting us do another dig.

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 on: December 11, 2017, 07:21:27 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Beautiful sunrise, Kurt!  Thanks for sharing that.   :icon_sunny:

Those fire agates are amazing.  The moonstone is pretty cool, too!

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 on: December 11, 2017, 07:20:09 PM 
Started by Pusscat - Last post by hummingbirdstones
I use shellac dissolved in denatured alcohol to paint my stones before I wax dop.  Never had one come off the dop yet.  Sometimes even after they've been in the freezer for a while, I'll still have to work at getting them off.

It's a great trick that works a treat!

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 on: December 11, 2017, 06:29:09 PM 
Started by Bluetangclan - Last post by Jhon P
Outstanding!
I found someone that has 100 lbs of this stone hoarded away. She is going to sell me a piece big enough to cut into a sphere. Excited and I should get plenty of slabs too.

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 on: December 11, 2017, 06:09:56 PM 
Started by Bluetangclan - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Thought I'd post a link to the photo of how this quest turned out. Just in case anyone finds this thread and is curious.

http://lapidaryforum.net/group/index.php?topic=3959.0

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 on: December 11, 2017, 06:07:15 PM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Thanks for the info. Really good to know, since I spend more time in the saw shop than anywhere. Just ask Robin... .

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 on: December 11, 2017, 06:04:30 PM 
Started by Bluetangclan - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Really like the way you oriented the pattern. That pendant is a winner for sure.

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 on: December 11, 2017, 06:01:10 PM 
Started by jerrysg - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Good to hear the grooving bit works so well. What brand did you use? That's a great alternative to glue-on bails.

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