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Congratulations to Bobby1 and his Brazilian Agate Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: August 15, 2022, 12:14:29 PM 
Started by The_kindred_soul - Last post by The_kindred_soul
Yes those are definitely stop and start marks. My wife is impatient and wanted to cut it open as fast as possible  :LOLOL:

I keep reminding her that slow is fast. I'll have to show her your post hahha. We did have a heavy weight initially and it caused the rock to bounce like crazy on the blade. I'll try another rock today on the small weight.

Once I get the lap wheel going we will get them smoothed out, it'll just take more effort.

 on: August 15, 2022, 07:06:00 AM 
Started by Bobbymoon - Last post by Bobbymoon
I am trying to learn to identify myself but there are so many variations!

 on: August 15, 2022, 07:02:59 AM 
Started by Bobbymoon - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Here are a couple of links:

Good luck with your ID. Someone on here will probably know that material.

 on: August 15, 2022, 06:57:10 AM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Nice dark "shell" on that nut. Those are usually nice. Look forward to hearing more after you get it.

 on: August 15, 2022, 06:18:40 AM 
Started by Bobbymoon - Last post by Bobbymoon
Cut this slice a couple of days ago from the rock I purchased and I think it is a lace agate? But the center looks dendritic so I am not sure.

Thanks everyone

Also does anyone know a good reference material or website for jasper and agates? I have so much material and the only info I got was it was from the southwest…lol

 on: August 14, 2022, 02:50:18 PM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by peruano
It seems to have a mermaid swimming in it. If so, I'd dremilize it carefully so that no one is hurt in the process.  Exciting indeed. 

 on: August 14, 2022, 02:46:30 PM 
Started by The_kindred_soul - Last post by peruano
Are those saw marks that diagonal across the first slab pictured.  If so, they suggest a stop/start movement or a surging (perhaps feeding too fast) for the cutting efficiency of the blade/rock combination.  If so, I'd suggest an even slower feed rate (lighter weight) to produce the smoothest slabs you can possibly produce.  My slab saws with power feed run on the average of 7 min per inch.  I know thats frustratingly slow but thats rock work.  Build yourself a hood, and devise a schedule of grinding rocks while the saw runs gently into the rock and you will have a winning shop.  Find someone coming to New Mexico for the winter and tuck the sodalite in their trunk when they are not watching.    :icon_sunny:

 on: August 14, 2022, 09:28:53 AM 
Started by The_kindred_soul - Last post by The_kindred_soul
Yes that's definitely a gravity fed system with lead cast into sardine cans as weight. Crude but it works.

Thanks for the suggestions,  I'll try some of those ideas later and see which works the best. We have already experienced what happens when the fees rate is too high, that carriage being attached at one end allows for a lot of bouncing on the blade if pushed too quick.

Yes that's a 10 inch saw, the largest piece we put thru yesterday took almost 15 mins, which from what I understand is a normal amount of time. I did have other photos of the saw to post but apparently they're too big and i was working nights and didn't have a chance to figure out how to shrink them. I'll try that later on today.

Thanks for the compliments, stay tuned for more!

*** Side note - is there anyone in the central Ontario region who has a large slab saw available for rent? I have 2 rather large sodalite boulders I'd like to slab up and some smaller amethyst chunks my wife wants sliced vertically.***

 on: August 14, 2022, 08:26:14 AM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by Phishisgroovin
purchased this boulder opal in a live facebook show.
Cant wait to get it, leaving it in its current shape, but going to try and bring out more fire on the domed back (maybe).

I like the Egg shape it has.
The yolk is the Opal, the rest i will figure out when i receive it in the mail soon.
I will be making a pendant with it, flat lap to the face to a fine polish, i may take my foredoom to the inside, but dont know until its in my hands.
The back will remain rounded for the EGG look.
Pretty EGGScited! about this Opal.

Everyone knows i usually only make themed items. :LOLOL:

 on: August 14, 2022, 07:17:48 AM 
Started by The_kindred_soul - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Yep - what Peruano said. I've used a small box with layers of low-density foam beneath the weight to slow the cut at the end.

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