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 on: Today at 09:17:21 AM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by palmwood13
Awesome sphere and name

 on: Today at 09:04:08 AM 
Started by Kerrismama - Last post by Silverotter
I bought some like that some time ago for my sister and it was called Blood Stone from a vendor out of India. I have been scouring my boxes and other hiding spots for off the wall beads and I can not seem to find the ones I kept with labels. Bit Blood stone is what they look like from my purchase. I have been looking for more to go with a jasper piece that I am carving.
Now I want to know if that is what I bought.

 on: Today at 08:52:26 AM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by gemfeller
Nice sphere.  I've just run into another name for that material, Arabic Writing Stone, so you may have to revise your fancy new created name.     

 on: Today at 08:34:10 AM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Phishisgroovin
i am fascinated with this Jasper.
Nice sphere boss

 on: Today at 08:28:59 AM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by Stonemon
I have been using the Santa Cruz horse laxative oil for a couple of years now. Last week I cleaned up my 12" slab saw and I re-filled it with some rockhound oil I had filtered out of an old saw that had come through my shop.
I have been slabbing Wild Horse Owyhee Jasper.
The first thing I noticed was that the rockhound oil held a lot less cuttings than the mineral oil light. It stayed clear after several hours of slabbing.
The laxative oil always colors up fast. It would settle overnight but when I was cutting, the oil would cloud up and make it difficult to view the process through the window.
I also have the impression that the saw is not working quite as hard. Not sure of this.  :dontknow:
I have been getting good life out of my blades with the mineral oil light.
Just a couple of observations.

 on: Today at 07:41:26 AM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Thanks for that comparison from someone who has used both. Is the veterinary oil clear, or does it some color?

 on: Today at 04:50:38 AM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by peruano
Walmart human laxative mineral oil is definitely thicker than equine laxative mineral oil.  I've rarely used baby oil but my impression was that it was closer to equine mineral oil but with an odorant additive.  My shop is unheated and gets to 40 in the winter until I fire up the wood stove, but the viscosity of the horse laxative is not a problem for my saws. I do not pump it but my impression is that it would still work with a swamp cooler style pump.

 on: Today at 04:27:23 AM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Sandsave
It's pretty messy to cut, it was cloudy looking until about the 800 polish by the 8 k polish it had bling bling

 on: March 20, 2018, 09:23:42 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Orrum
Awesome Jay just wow!

 on: March 20, 2018, 08:03:46 PM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
We also pick up our saw oil from a local petroleum products supplier. They recently switched from the Duoprime 90 we used to buy to Finevestan 85. Both food-grade mineral oils, and the Finevestan was about $16/gallon.

If I recall the viscosity charts correctly, the Finevestan isn't quite as "thick" as the equine laxative. That's worth the price difference to me. The Finevestan really flows well - even in cold weather - with a generic swamp cooler pump.

Someone on here once said the veterinary oil is quite a bit thinner than the Wal-Mart mineral oil, but I tend to stick with what I know. I hope someday I can see some of the scahealth oil in person just to make the comparison for myself.

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