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Congratulations to Stonemon and his Blue Biggs Jasper Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!


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Board Announcements

General Announcements of Board Activities, Policies, Changes to Policies, Board Maintenance

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Last post by Phishisgroovin
in Re: Odd Message
on September 25, 2018, 12:25:05 PM
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A place to Introduce yourself, say hello and make new friends!

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Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
in Re: Hi Guys!
on September 20, 2018, 07:25:54 PM
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A place to buy items from other members, sell your own items, or arrange trades with other members. You must have a minimum of fifty posts in order to sell or trade anything in this area. Please see forum policies for further explanation. Anyone posting items for sale or trade with less than 50 posts to their name will have the post removed. No Exceptions! If you are just inquiring about a material, just looking for information about something, please use the rock talk forum. Thanks.

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Last post by Kaljaia
in Re: Thunder Egg / Materi...
on September 27, 2018, 06:52:00 PM
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Want to know how to take good photos of that special cabochon you made? Need to adjust the lighting on your camera? Want to build a lightbox? Just need general photo help? This is your spot for learning and sharing.

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Last post by denverkris
in Re: Trying to get a dece...
on September 23, 2018, 09:58:58 AM
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Check here regularly for contests and other competitions we may hold for your enjoyment and friendly competition! This is for forum held competitions only.

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Last post by olgguy
in Re: Outrageous Cab Conte...
on Today at 03:51:37 PM

Off Topic Area

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Random Musings

This is your section for all things not related to Lapidary! Here's where you can post about your family vacation or discuss other topics not related to the forum.

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Last post by Jhon P
in Re: Wood collecting
on October 10, 2018, 07:40:18 AM
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Other Hobbies

Most of us have hobbies outside of Lapidary. Some of us Garden, some of us love our Model trains or tie flies for fishing. Here's your place to discuss these other things we all love doing.

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78 Topics
Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
in Re: Scales Balances and ...
on October 19, 2018, 08:51:14 PM

Let's Rock

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Rockhounding Tips, Maps, Trips Etc.

Have a good place to hound at that you want to share? Just took a hounding trip and want to share your pictures? Have an outstanding map of an area to help other rockhounds? This is your place to post!

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228 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Rhodonite with Tephr...
on September 29, 2018, 08:37:48 PM
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Group outings

Please use this child board to create, plan and go on group outings as members of the forum here.

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Last post by edgarscale
in Re: Nethers farm
on May 14, 2017, 07:43:58 PM
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Mineral and Metals prospecting. Trips, tips & digging reports. Show us what you got!

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Last post by feicui
in Re: Nephrites in BC/Nort...
on July 19, 2018, 10:20:50 PM
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Rough and Slabs

Show off your rough or newly cut slabs here!

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Last post by axllaird
in Re: Royal Sahara Jasper ...
on September 25, 2018, 06:19:26 PM
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Mineral Specimens

Have a specimen collection? Want to show off some pieces? Looking for ideas of specimens to add to your collection? This is your board.

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Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Puget sound beach co...
on October 07, 2018, 08:16:37 PM
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If you love collecting fossils, or are looking for a certain fossil for a creation, or just love to hunt for them, this is your area to play.

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Last post by Orrum
in Re: Agatized Snails
on August 21, 2018, 03:55:37 AM
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Rock Talk

This is where you can discuss a certain stone type, gather information on stones, and anything stone related that doesn't fit into the other categories of the forum.

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Last post by rocks2dust
in Re: Difference between p...
on October 16, 2018, 10:49:30 AM
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Identifications of Materials

Have a rock, but don't know what it is? Need to know if something is chalcedony or common opal but cannot tell the difference? Post it here for others to help you out.

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Last post by 55fossil
in Re: Yellow Skin Jasper t...
on October 10, 2018, 05:58:49 PM
Child Boards: Deceptive Stones
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Ancient Lapidary History

Found an article online about some recent archaeological finds? Found a great picture of ancient lapidary equipment? Want to discuss ancient techniques? This is your forum!

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Last post by ileney
in Re: Opalizedwood
on October 19, 2018, 10:09:30 AM
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This is your area to discuss crystals. Have some examples of Crystal structures you wish to share? Have a gorgeous cluster that you cannot stop drooling over? Have oodles of Druzy you want to show off? Want to discuss metaphysical properties of crystals? Here's your area.

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Last post by Gem Realm
in Re: Identify real crysta...
on May 30, 2018, 01:14:32 PM
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All things relating to Opal - Mining, Carving, Cutting, Grinding, Tips on Care and storage etc.

Moderators: Asianfire, Opalholic

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Last post by 55fossil
in Re: Wheels for Cutting O...
on April 26, 2018, 06:59:06 AM
Child Boards: Opal Poetry, Stories & Myths

Rock Art

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Cabochons, Intarsias, Cameos

A place to display you recent cabochon creations! Learning intarsia and wish to post your progress? Do you have questions on how to create a cabochon or what wax works best to dop with? This is your forum.

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371 Topics
Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
in Re: Optimum Slab Thickne...
on Today at 08:55:36 PM
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Carvings and Sculptures

Love to carve your rock? Love to take rock and make sculptures? Here's your new hangout!

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106 Topics
Last post by Ryaly2dogs
in Re: First sphere
on October 18, 2018, 12:00:17 PM
Child Boards: Opal Carvers Gallery, Jade Carving Gallery, Spheres
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Faceted Gems

Learning how to Facet? Want to show off your faceted creations? Are you an old pro at faceting and want to share your knowledge? This is your forum.

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Last post by ileney
in Re: Finally, coloured Di...
on February 19, 2018, 08:34:41 AM
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Love to tumble rock? Has your electricity bill gone through the roof because you're running tumblers 24/7? This is your forum!

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Last post by 55fossil
in Re: Tumbling final polis...
on September 27, 2018, 06:40:43 PM
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Love to knapp rock? Want to show off your knapped creations? Here's your forum section.

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Last post by edgarscale
in Re: Some Old School Knap...
on December 06, 2017, 04:03:31 PM
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Knife Making

Some folks love to put stone handles on their knives. If you are one of these people, here is your area to have fun!

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Last post by southerly
in Re: Knife making questio...
on October 12, 2018, 02:36:48 AM
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Tutorials for the Rock Art Area

This is an area for tutorials related to any of the above listed areas. Want to show folks how to cut a cab? Here's where to post the tutorial. Want to post a video on how to knapp a blade? Here's the place to post it. Please post only tutorials here.

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Last post by Redrummd
in Short Buck 110 (and 112)...
on September 23, 2018, 11:34:04 PM

Rockin' Jewelry

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Gold, Silver, Other Metals, Casting and Fabrication

Love to work in metal? Like to pour hot metal? This is your area to post.

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Last post by gemfeller
in Re: Silver castings with...
on May 14, 2018, 11:40:11 AM
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Wearable or Utilitarian Jewelry Art

This is anything utilitarian that isn't necessarily jewelry, yet could be jewelry - walking sticks, belt buckles, hair pins, barrettes, hatbands,horse halters, saddlery you bejewelled, etc...

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Last post by raven.worldlrnr
in Re: Pendant or Broach no...
on August 02, 2017, 09:43:56 PM
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Metal Clay

An area for those who like to work in Metal Clay to hang out and discuss their art.

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Last post by ileney
in Re: Settings made with m...
on September 07, 2018, 01:46:25 PM
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Wire Wrapping

If wire is your pride and joy and you love to wrap, this is your forum.

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Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Gift for my daughter
on September 17, 2018, 09:26:29 AM
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Like to create works using chainmaille techniques? Here's your section.

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Last post by Enchantra
in Re: Maille Butterfly
on March 18, 2015, 09:24:55 AM
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Show and Tell!!!!

Sharing your finished jewelry creations with everyone!

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Last post by jerrysg
in Re: pocket rocks
on September 05, 2018, 06:00:07 PM
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Tutorials for Jewelry Making

This is the place for any tutorials as it relates to the above areas of casting, fabrication, metal clay, Chainmaille, and wire wrapping. Please post only tutorials here.

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Last post by ileney
in Re: Making Step Bezel
on March 27, 2018, 09:13:56 AM


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Bead Embroidery and Bead Weaving

Love to bead embroider? Enjoy doing bead weaving? Here is your area of beaded love. You can never have to many beads!

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Last post by Enchantra
in Re: Cellini Spiral
on December 21, 2017, 08:04:27 PM
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Kumihimo, Cord Making, Braiding, Macrame

Kumihimo and other cord making Arts as they pertain to beads and Jewelry making.

43 Posts
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Last post by cobbledstones
in Re: first attempt at kum...
on March 06, 2016, 07:17:58 PM
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Polymer Clay, Air Dry Clay, Resin, Epoxy or Glass Based Clays

Like to make Jewelry using various clays? Do you sculpt with it? Like to create new fashion jewelry using clay? Post here.

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Last post by Enchantra
in Re: Working on Another P...
on December 06, 2015, 09:55:21 PM
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Glass Blowing, Fusing, Slumping, Lampworking, Dichroic Glass...

Glass arts as they pertain to jewelry making and beading.

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Last post by crashoveroide
in Re: Some of my lampwork ...
on November 08, 2017, 09:45:58 PM
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Tutorials for Beads Category

A place to house all the tutorials for the above topics in the Beads category. Please post only tutorials here.

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9 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Big ultrasonic drill...
on July 29, 2018, 09:16:36 AM
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Show and Tell -Finished Beads

Show off your beads you have created!

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239 Topics
Last post by southerly
in Re: Turkish purple jade
on October 16, 2018, 02:14:41 AM

Gadgets, Gizmos, and Dohickeys

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Fixing, Modifying and Refurbishing your Lapidary Equipment

Bought an old saw, need to figure out how to fix it or rebuild it? Have belts you need to resurface? Building equipment from the ground up? This is your area to ask questions.

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158 Topics
Last post by Larry
in Re: Frantom 10 inch
on October 15, 2018, 01:23:09 PM
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What Equipment to Buy and Where to Get it.

Need input on buying a piece of equipment? Here's your area.

649 Posts
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Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: 60 grit nova sanding...
on October 06, 2018, 12:07:16 PM
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Cutting, Grinding, Polishing

Need to know the right equipment to use for a certain need? Wonder how to get that chunk of rough to stay where you want it for slabbing it? Want to know how to make your saw run a lot quieter? Have general equipment questions that don't fall into other categories? Here's your spot.

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105 Topics
Last post by denverkris
in Re: Polishing on a facet...
on October 01, 2018, 11:52:38 AM
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Tool Talk

Love tools? Looking for a specific tool and need help finding it? Want to refurbish that old pair of pliers? Here's your place.

468 Posts
52 Topics
Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
in Re: What to do with used...
on October 15, 2018, 09:08:04 PM
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General workshop and studio safety when working with equipment. What works, what doesn't work.

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Last post by finegemdesigns
in Re: What are the most da...
on March 12, 2018, 03:50:51 PM

Lapidary and Jewelry News

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Articles from Members, Magazine and Club Postings

Have a club event coming up? Want to share the latest article you wrote? Found something awesome in a recent magazine you want to share? This is the place.

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Last post by freeformcabs
in San Diego Lapidary Socie...
on August 30, 2018, 12:46:28 PM
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Shows, Auction Announcements, Estates

Looking for a show to sell your wares at? Want to advertise a show you know about in your area? Setting up for a show soon and need pointers? Heading off to Quartzite to the Tucson Shows and want to meet folks? This is your place. Found a really good Estate sale being held and want to let folks know? Post it here. Please note you are not allowed to sell items in this section of the forum.

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Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
in Re: Prescott AZ Show
on August 13, 2018, 09:07:28 PM
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Have a website? Need help with it? Have questions about blogging or SEO? Just need to know the best place to put up an online shop? Here's your forum.

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Last post by Gem Realm
in Re: Ideas about a web ho...
on May 30, 2018, 01:00:02 PM

New Gemstone Archive

Archive of gemstone held on this server.

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