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Congratulations to gemfeller and his Brenda Red Top cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 08:00:26 AM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by Orrum
What is the difference in a bead and a pendant with a hole drilled?

 on: May 26, 2017, 10:16:29 PM 
Started by Neural - Last post by irockhound
Steve is a neat guy and very friendly, I like buying from him.

 on: May 26, 2017, 10:14:49 PM 
Started by lithicbeads - Last post by irockhound
Thanks for that info.  Mine has 2 power cords off it so I assumed they had jerry rigged the 220 but after hearing the motors might be switching could one be 110 and one 220.  I think they had the same plugs and I think 220 has a different plug configuration doesn't it.  I will have to look closer at the plugs themselves and get the info off the motor.

 on: May 26, 2017, 10:10:58 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by irockhound
Awesome find!  I love Ivory and used to do scrimshaw along with my other hobbies.  I have quite a bit of new and old Ivory and thanks to lovely California I can't do a dang thing with them.  It irks me that no Mastodon or Mammoth has been killed in recorded history for it's Ivory yet they bundled that with the total ban on Any ivory.  Even my families ivory from when we lived in Alaska and handed down family treasures from my Grand Parents is unusable .  I can gift it to my brother since he is in a state that allows using Fossil Ivory.  Sorry for rant, Ivory is a hot button for me lately.  Fortunately I bought some Tagua nuts too.

 on: May 26, 2017, 09:57:13 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by irockhound
Quite the array and some very nice pieces.  The Gary looks lovely.

 on: May 26, 2017, 08:26:04 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by Gergis
Was at the thrift store awhile back and was looking thru the jewelry cases(thats normal male behavior right? Haha) and noticed what appeared to be a cabbed slab of ivory. It was awefully busy in the store and only one clerk that was cashing folks out so I wondered around for a bit, found a new dog bed for the jojo pooch(she's happy!). I went back and still had to wait about fifteen minutes(very patiently!) for the clerk to let me take a closer look. I was almost certain that it was walrus ivory. I looked at the back of the piece and it had a tag for two dollars. I got incredibly giddy and told the worker "I'll take it!" Brought it home and immediately drilled and finished the other side(it was unfinished with glue on it so I figure it was a belt buckle before as well as taking care of some undercutting on the previously cabbed side. Best two bucks I might ever spend I think! As far as cutting If anyone cares I will say I didn't notice any kind of organic smell when I cut it which I thought was sort of odd. If I had to say how hard it felt, I'd put it in the 5.5 to a 6mohs range. Like a soft quartzite. And it took an incredible polish! Happy thrifting! 

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 on: May 26, 2017, 08:25:34 PM 
Started by Cabbin Fever - Last post by lithicbeads
 I have seen Australian chrysoprase look just like that.

 on: May 26, 2017, 08:24:12 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by lithicbeads
I can't wait to see the next batch.

 on: May 26, 2017, 07:38:44 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by hummingbirdstones
This topic has been moved to Show your Finished Beads.

 on: May 26, 2017, 07:22:30 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by Gergis
(Randy or Amanda please move this to finished beads if you can thank you!) I cut like crazy for about a week straight a couple weeks back.. Here's a few of the pieces I finished. Enjoy and happy cutting out there folks!! :-) in order: Aussie black jade, golden horn coral with natural edges, birdseye rhyolite from Mexico, picture jasper from eastern Washington, oregon thunderegg, malachite, unknown plume agate, Gary green pet wood, unknown opal(been calling it peach opal), next two are graveyard point plume agate, bc jade, Aussie chrysoprase. There are waaaay more(I finished over 35 new pieces) but I still need to photograph them :-)

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