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Congratulations to auscarver and his Aussie Rhodonite Cab!

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Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: April 20, 2018, 12:57:28 PM 
Started by Enchantra - Last post by Silverotter
I have used a few of these sources in the past and found and fell in love with Gallatin & Socha Metals.
www.g&smetals.com I get all of my wire, findings and solders with them at a quite reasonable price. They are refiners also and will refine all of your scrap and benc grinding for free. They also carry argentium and solder. They are happy to answer all questions you may have and walk you through the process of working with the new material. 
Happy wrapping and all the best!

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 on: April 20, 2018, 12:52:42 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by ileney
THese are both a really great start to the contest. Love them!

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 on: April 20, 2018, 12:47:35 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Jhon P
I picked it up for $600.
I find that I have to keep adjusting it or it quits orbiting. It is slower cutting than the three head.
I have the three head machines in my small shop. There isn’t enough room for anything else so it went into the garage. It’s hard to contain the rock mud so it is easier to clean the garage floor.  And if I decide to use grit for some reason i don’t take a chance of contamination in the shop.
 I don’t know if I answered your question if not I will try again. A friend of mine has the same machine and he uses it all the time. More production means more machines. My production slows down because I have a hard time making time to do the hand grinding.

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 on: April 19, 2018, 06:38:15 PM 
Started by Quitclayton - Last post by Quitclayton
Thanks for the comments! I really do like the way the colors work together. Imma have to get more lapis and experiment more.

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 on: April 19, 2018, 12:36:21 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Ryaly2dogs
Jhon:  How so you rate the two headed machine?  Is that how you complete most of your coarse grinds?  I have zero experience with two headed and am curious how to improve my percentage of spheres vs off rounds.

thanks in advance.

David.

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 on: April 18, 2018, 09:53:22 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Sapphireminer
 Hi auscarver Understand exactly what you mean the wife and I have started doing some silver work looking to value add to cabs etc but getting a fair return is not so easy.
Dave

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 on: April 18, 2018, 08:17:48 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by newton
That third shot really grabbed me, with its storm-wrecked sky at dusk look.  Good stuff!

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 on: April 18, 2018, 05:43:51 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by Jhon P
I will have to check with my local oil distributor when I get low.
The last drum of rock oil I bought was $14.00 a gal. The drum before that was $8.50
I share it with a friend of mine

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 on: April 18, 2018, 05:39:25 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Jhon P
Looks like you got a good one. You don’t really know what you will end up. Need to find a motorized rotating stand, the ones I have found won’t support the weight of my labradorite spheres.

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 on: April 18, 2018, 01:20:57 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Kaljaia
Beautiful sphere, I can see it getting handled a lot! Begs to be picked up and turned.

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