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Board Announcements

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

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in Re: Private message noti...
on September 20, 2017, 08:53:00 AM
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A place to Introduce yourself, say hello and make new friends!

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Last post by Enchantra
in MOVED: Help with vibrala...
on October 23, 2017, 06:25:30 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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in Santa Cruz Yellow cliff ...
on October 23, 2017, 07:17:15 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 ASO
in Re: New lens - what do y...
on September 16, 2017, 09:54:16 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 Sandsave
in Re: Outrageous Cab Conte...
on October 18, 2017, 05:04:41 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: strange things going...
on October 15, 2017, 09:59:38 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.

519 Posts
66 Topics
Last post by Neural
in New art medium for me
on October 07, 2017, 08:37:57 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!

1641 Posts
187 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Green River trip
on October 22, 2017, 09:06:25 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 Phishisgroovin
in MOVED: upcoming rock gem...
on August 13, 2017, 08:26:28 AM
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Mineral and Metals prospecting. Trips, tips & digging reports. Show us what you got!

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Last post by Redrummd
in Re: Disaster Peak Seam A...
on October 23, 2017, 09:25:26 PM
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Rough and Slabs

Show off your rough or newly cut slabs here!

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309 Topics
Last post by Joe Gussenhoven
in Re: Tube agates
on October 23, 2017, 04:07:15 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 chryoberylli alexandrite
in alexandrite n.0.55g
on October 23, 2017, 11:28:23 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 fossilman
in Re: Montana Baculite fos...
on October 09, 2017, 07:27:06 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 Barclay
in Re: Poisonous(toxic) roc...
on October 23, 2017, 08:10:09 PM
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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.

1601 Posts
231 Topics
Last post by irockhound
in Re: Not sure what I'm ca...
on October 22, 2017, 09:50:01 AM
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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8 Topics
Last post by Bluetangclan
in Re: The Roman Opal?
on September 21, 2017, 11:05:05 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.

53 Posts
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Last post by chryoberylli alexandrite
in alexandrite n.1.50g n.7...
on October 23, 2017, 11:45:54 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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47 Topics
Last post by John Robinson
in Re: Pretty Pictures (?)
on October 20, 2017, 06:51:21 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.

2390 Posts
304 Topics
Last post by southerly
in Re: Two little yellow ca...
on October 13, 2017, 07:49:18 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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95 Topics
Last post by edgarscale
in Re: Blues and Greens
on October 17, 2017, 08:31:58 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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15 Topics
Last post by Jhon P
in Re: Please help ID my st...
on August 26, 2017, 07:12:45 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!

91 Posts
13 Topics
Last post by bobby1
in Re: Tumbling Grits
on March 03, 2017, 09:22:38 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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2 Topics
Last post by hummingbirdstones
in Re: Modern day knapping....
on October 12, 2017, 04:51:34 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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26 Topics
Last post by edgarscale
in Re: Santoku
on September 01, 2017, 08:46:55 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.

86 Posts
15 Topics
Last post by Debbie K
in Re: Resources for a begi...
on July 04, 2017, 01:47:08 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.

198 Posts
29 Topics
Last post by MurphyStone
in Re: Silver guages I need
on October 10, 2017, 12:13:39 PM
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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...

61 Posts
12 Topics
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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7 Topics
Last post by Susan
in Re: FMG 2017 Metals Entr...
on January 17, 2017, 05:25:01 AM
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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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33 Topics
Last post by adornmentsbymae
in Re: Anyone using Protect...
on September 21, 2017, 07:14:08 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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101 Topics
Last post by edgarscale
in Re: My creations ~ threa...
on October 23, 2017, 01:22:08 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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11 Topics
Last post by CedarTree1325
in Re: Sealers, to use or n...
on October 21, 2017, 10:41:57 PM


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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!

155 Posts
17 Topics
Last post by irelandliz
in Cellini Spiral
on October 11, 2017, 01:14:20 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.

35 Posts
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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.

23 Posts
4 Topics
Last post by Kaljaia
in Re: Dichroic Glass Penda...
on September 14, 2016, 05:29:36 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.

60 Posts
8 Topics
Last post by southerly
in Re: Cutting a small bead...
on August 15, 2016, 12:50:13 AM
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Show and Tell -Finished Beads

Show off your beads you have created!

1448 Posts
213 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Washington jade pend...
on September 05, 2017, 08:52:35 PM

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.

1193 Posts
123 Topics
Last post by lapidaryrough
in Re: need LS-12 bearing s...
on October 23, 2017, 10:58:34 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.

534 Posts
59 Topics
Last post by irockhound
in Re: Highland park
on October 21, 2017, 09:18:57 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.

775 Posts
88 Topics
Last post by lapidaryrough
in Re: cutting metallic roc...
on October 23, 2017, 07:05:12 PM
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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.

376 Posts
43 Topics
Last post by PhilNM
in Re: cutting oil
on October 14, 2017, 09:38:36 AM
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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 Greg Hiller
in Re: What are the most da...
on June 06, 2017, 12:05:49 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.

12 Posts
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Last post by fossilman
in Re: Excellent Jade artic...
on January 29, 2017, 02:13:02 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.

200 Posts
49 Topics
Last post by lithicbeads
in Re: Show - Madison, WI, ...
on September 28, 2017, 07:37:54 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 freeformcabs
in Re: Link partners
on July 28, 2017, 11:18:21 AM

Old Board Archive

This is the archive link to the old Lapidary/Gemstone Community forum for those who wish to look up information there that you need to access.

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New Gemstone Archive

Archive of gemstone held on this server.

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