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Congratulations to wheatguy and his Pietersite Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 10:00:22 AM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Jhon P
The color change on the moonstone is interesting. Good job on the fire agate, I have some that I need to work on one of these days

 on: Today at 09:35:53 AM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Orrum
Great art with the fire agate!!!   Kurt I tried tumbling and cabbing and I failed so I sent them to you knowing with your attention to detail you would do wonders!!!   Merry Christmas!!!

 on: Today at 09:16:04 AM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by Redrummd
I have been testing a way to "fix" cupped blades that is so easy it is worth a try by more people to see if this thread should be pinned for the future.

The usual signs a blade is cupped or cupping is a slab that is tapered - thicker on one end than the other; excessive misting of the oil, seeing sparks coming from the side of the blade or a blade jamming in a cut.

I get all four at times but as soon as I see even one of these occurring:

1)  I stop cutting.
2)  I take the blade off and reverse the rotation (cutting) direction.
3) Use a hammer to sharpen the blade (tap, tap, tap not whack, whack, whack)
4) Cut a very wide but thin piece of very hard agate or jasper - at least 10 slabs.

So, far this has worked 100% of the time for me including "fixing" a 24 inch blade that was literally "tin canning" (bending out over 1/2 inch and staying there with an audible "thung" sound).

I told my partner about this and he tried it on a bent blade he was planning to toss as it was not worth paying to fix it and it totally worked for him too.

Between us we have used this on 24, 18 and 12 inch blades with 100% success.

 on: Today at 08:57:16 AM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by Redrummd
You all may want to check out my Jade tutorial that is hosted on Ebay.

 on: Today at 08:52:43 AM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Redrummd
If I am right the blue green came from the 1% huge vein on the very south end of the deposit.  If you spend a hard day digging and sorting there are pieces that are fully solid in that color but remain VERY rare to find......  I think we will be going back in May and I will take my camera with me and try to get some photos that will help those trying to find the exact spots.  The big hole that we were getting BIG 60+ pound of the mostly solid green pieces from may have been dug out by now though.

 on: Today at 08:45:49 AM 
Started by William Phillips - Last post by captbob
I have used cork rounds many times. They are small, smaller than a dime. Already have sticky on one side.
Get them in packs at Home Depot etc.
They also have felt rounds. Used to put on the legs of furniture to protect floors.
Also have clear plastic/rubber rounds, used on the inside of cabinet doors. Again, very small.
All have adhesive on one side and have held onto my slab coasters for years.
And all easier than cutting a piece of felt and using spray on adhesive.

 on: Today at 08:17:28 AM 
Started by Pusscat - Last post by Bluetangclan
Call me biased but I am not normally a doublet fan(not the least because I naturally want to call them "doublays") but wow this and your other doublets you posted are really nice with some good color. I have quite a bit of doublet material in a jar that I am saving for a boring rainy day and I hope mine will be close to this level.

As to your wax issue, have you tried superglueing instead? You are going to grind down the backing after the fact anyway.

 on: Today at 07:25:35 AM 
Started by jerrysg - Last post by jerrysg
Looks good. Cutting a grove with the glass grinder and the groove cutting bit is a piece of cake isn’t it

Yes, it is a piece of cake. Was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to control.  Also pleased with how sturdy the grooving bit is.


 on: Today at 05:37:34 AM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Asianfire
Season Greetings to all, while a lot of you are stuck in snow right now, I had a nice morning. Cold (for us), but nice.

December 11 2017 by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Lets start with a BIG thank you to our generous Orrum, who send me some of his Oregon Moonstone to dabble with.
Had to try it out right away and cut one crystal apart,...
ppOregon Moonstone by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
Don't know enough about the material, so have to experiment.
Just finished one and I'm surprised by the light-play in diverse light settings.
Oregon Moonstone, Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Again, thank you so much for your generosity Orrum.

Its the time of the year, where not much time remains to work stone as I dont have the time to actually sit down to use the machine that often.
As every year, that means, I go back to my FA's, and try to improve on what has been done before.
What follows are pics of things as they stand right now.
Fire Agate, Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
Makeover, Fire Agate, Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr
In water FA, Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

And a tricky one: mixed with clear and included chalcedony. Man, that thing is a lot of work trying to keep those bubbles.
WIP Fire Agate with chalcedony, Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

And a new one not yet polished. Small but has popular colours.
WIP Fire Agate Kainzer Kurt by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

Thanks for looking;

Remain herewith, with best regards, and one more look at this mornings pleasure,  Kurt
December 11 2017 by Kainzer  Kurt, on Flickr

 on: December 10, 2017, 10:49:28 PM 
Started by Pusscat - Last post by Pusscat

I knew this one would have some colour but not like this! It was a layer of crystal over what looked like a sandstone. The colour did flash but was weak over that base. It was cracked into three so it was a no brainer as a candidate for a small doublet.

I was very excited when the colours really came alive with the polishing.

I’m using a natural light led lamp at about 4500 and an old Nikon D90 with maco lens. You have to experiment with exposure and I try to get it looking like my eye sees it.

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