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Congratulations to auscarver and his Nephrite Jade/Imperial Rhodonite Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 03:52:41 PM 
Started by Felicia - Last post by Felicia
Okay, they were ugly, but it showed how a firing goes. Was putting my bench together at the time, needed drawer pulls, so cut to size, drilled and refired. Does the job. Included is a photo of a couple later pieces.

 on: Today at 07:38:02 AM 
Started by Downwindtracker2 - Last post by Downwindtracker2
My wife tried cutting a slab with the club's early Old Highland Park 10" trim/slab saw. It was too smooth to do much harm to the rhodonite slab.  Looking up blades, I notice thickness and types , 301 or 303. What this about ? This machine was part of a shop collection that was sold/given to the club, which I have been working on.

So she finished the cut on the clubs original 6" trim saw. This time it got cut. But I smelled, a bit of miracle considering where I had worked, an unpleasant odor. It also produced a smoke or mist in the light. The oil was fresh Lortone cutting oil.  Alex, he was  working on the fan for the saw area, suggested adding more oil to saw to wet it out. I then got a request for a splash guard. :icon_tongue:

I guess she was looking up blades and wheels after this and asked if anyone had dealt with Johnson Brothers Lapidary. She thought their prices seemed good. For the club's shop, it would be as much abuse as use, so for our small club, price would be a serious consideration.

Thanks for your help, Ray

 on: Today at 06:51:52 AM 
Started by Ron1989s - Last post by Ron1989s
Does this help , thank you

 on: Today at 06:30:49 AM 
Started by Ron1989s - Last post by safossils
Hard to tell from the photo. Try backing up the camera to get a clear picture. I would say it is either a gem stone, or glass. You can tell the difference by how fast it absorbs heat. If it feels cold to the touch, it's probably some type of gem stone. You will probably need a clear picture to get a positive identification.

Hope that helps!

 on: Today at 06:05:24 AM 
Started by Ron1989s - Last post by Ron1989s
Hello am new just wondering if this is a gem

 on: February 17, 2020, 08:24:46 PM 
Started by bilquest - Last post by lithicbeads
There were a lot of cheap products in yesteryear. Eventually  better graded oxides came along but cerium of any grade can be frustrating at times.I use corncob with diamon powder in my polish tumblers now  with stunning results.

 on: February 17, 2020, 12:29:20 PM 
Started by Felicia - Last post by Felicia
I think I finally talked myself into doing the Foredom maintenance, instead of avoiding it like a little kid avoiding homework.

 on: February 17, 2020, 12:23:35 PM 
Started by Felicia - Last post by Felicia
Thanks. Hadn't thought to look at shooter's supply places. I saw one that is a bit cheaper. Has anyone used a vibratory tumbler for finishing? Are bezels safe in mass finishing?

 on: February 17, 2020, 11:13:55 AM 
Started by bilquest - Last post by bobby1
I always use a little cheap liquid dish soap in every step in the tumbler. It makes the cleanup much easier.

 on: February 17, 2020, 11:11:12 AM 
Started by Mossagatemac - Last post by bobby1
Definitely the ultrasonic. It just takes a few seconds to get the polish out but you must not let the polish dry out before you start any cleaning activities.  I wrote the article.


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