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Congratulations to Stonemon and his Trent Agate Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 11:09:50 AM 
Started by olgguy - Last post by olgguy
I am not sure LED was available then, but I got one in there now.

 on: Today at 10:42:46 AM 
Started by olgguy - Last post by olgguy
This coin is very hard metal, Nickle/ copper alloy. Lots of annealing.

 on: Today at 10:36:39 AM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by olgguy
Back in 1980 when I first joined our local Lapidary club, an "old timer" took me under his wing, and gave me a small block of Agate. At that time I did not know what it was. He said its" old Flame Agate",
Well here it is, finally.

 on: Today at 05:55:48 AM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by Rooi
Not sure where to post this question? If it doesn't fit please feel free to move it where it will do the most good. Question being ... Is there or do they manufacture a round wire rolling mill? That is, roll out a round wire. I have a small mill but the wire is square and you have to use a round wire draw plate to make it round.

Does any of our forum members have a round wire mill capable of rolling round wire and what are your impressions of it?
How round is the wire it rolls ... what would be a good mill manufacturer and cost expected to pay for one? Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you very much!  IV
I am preaching here to the converted, but generally rolling square and drawing down through round draw plates is the best option. Otherwise there may be pinching and as a result flukes and any number of untold issues.
That said I am sure there is a work around, but that sounds costly

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 on: February 23, 2018, 07:52:55 PM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by Redrummd
The real problem for me is it takes very large pretty much perfect slabs for doing knives and I still do over 200 knives a year.  I would estimate that at one time I had probably over 1,000 pounds of slabs cut that I could not use or parts of slabs left over!   I have finally figured out that doing this helps keep the shop fairly well cleaned out from the "stuff" that just builds up fairly quickly......

 on: February 23, 2018, 07:16:34 PM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by lawsonland
Sorry kind of new to it, wife started with it, I should have said great "Slabs" Looking at them under better light and they are really neat looking.
Thanks for having the names on most of it, have to research them, this is all new to me.
Thanks again for the "stuff"

I am glad you are happy with the "stuff".  I guarantee you won't find most of what is in there for sale anywhere now.  Most of my inventory is "stuff" just not available now......

 on: February 23, 2018, 06:19:41 PM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by Ryaly2dogs
Very cool of you, Michael.  This forum is lucky to have you on board.  I would have snapped up a box but I am currently drowning in my own (I am sure you know what I mean).

 on: February 23, 2018, 06:16:22 PM 
Started by Stonemon - Last post by Ryaly2dogs
Bill:  That is a great story, and I am happy for your find!  I too lost a grandparent and inherited his saw (he taught me lapidary when I was 12).  When I mucked out the (really old) kerosene that his generation used for coolant; I came across 3 slabs of Washington petrified wood that I had previously seen him put to use in one of his many amazing creations.  To this day, I treasure them for what they represent and have made multiple sets of cuff links for family members out of these slabs as an heirloom of sorts.  Certain rocks are off limits for a very good reason; they fuel our passion and tell a story of our lineage.
It would have been much cooler if they were Trent agate though!    :icon_salut:


 on: February 23, 2018, 06:03:36 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by 55fossil

   First, I am not upset at all. Discussions are food for thought and education. I am fortunate to be able to have disposable income for my hobbies and take classes. This was not always the case and I am grateful to all those who helped me along in my quest to make great cabochons and collect great rock. Some charged me steeply but many helped freely. In my early days it was tough just to fill the gas tank for a day in the hills.
    BUT..... when people start equating money with intelligence and manners I get ruffled. Idiots come in all types, sizes, etc.....   I hope you are able to get paid for your work.

 on: February 23, 2018, 05:57:23 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by 55fossil
      I used the labrodorite picture to show the fingers with their very wet look.....and said it was Labrodorite.. This may be a perfectly good cabochon. Picture was for reference only due to the wet look.

      I soaked one of the Pietersite cabochons in muratic acid to test for surface coatings and there were none. This was on a Pietersite cabochon which I purchased on e-bay. I do not believe these cabs were treated and appear to be completely natural.

      I then used a strong magnifying lense to view the Pietersite cabochon. The number of flat spots and grooves was amazing. I do not know how they could get such a nice shine on such an uneven surface. I am not displeased with the stones I purchased for the price. It was intentional to buy inexpensive cabochons to re-cut as a way to save money and obtain some decent quality Pietersite. I have no qualms with the seller of the Pietersite or the Labrodorite. This is just one of those heads up for people looking at buying such stones. They are not suitable for flipping or putting into jewelry with my name on it. After re-cutting and a good polish I believe 7 of the 8 stones I purchased will make beautiful pendants at a very good price.

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