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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2018, 07:52:22 PM »

I think you did the right thing by polishing it for a specimen.  It's way too beautiful to cut up.  I don't know if I would be able to part with it if it were mine.  I'm kinda sentimental that way.   :icon_sunny:
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2018, 09:49:41 PM »

That's a gorgeous material and a beautiful piece to display whole; I agree, the whole piece has something that individual small pieces would not.
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I rock hunt in the Antelope/Ashwood area of the John Day river basin in Oregon. 90% of what I post is from this area, from private property where I have permission to hike and collect. The material I find is for personal use only, I do not have landowner permission to sell. Thanks for understanding!

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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2018, 02:20:58 PM »

Beautiful! I wouldn’t touch except to polish it, as you did.
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2018, 06:46:30 PM »

Very beautiful. I love learning about new stones I've no seen before.
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2018, 03:31:11 PM »

The holidays have reduced my inventory of collector pieces.
Back in the freezing shop today..... fire in the stove and warm water in the water supply bucket, I managed to get through this one.
46x27x7mm
Two sided, flat polished and a double taper on the girdle. Second shot shows girdle pretty well.
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2018, 03:56:08 PM »

Beautiful - turned out great :thumbsup:
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2018, 05:19:14 PM »

That's stunning!   :Worthy:
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2018, 12:21:42 PM »

I ground this one out last night.
42x22x7  Polished both sides. Straight girdle. Could not do much removal or I would have lost the spray of realgar.
Probably a wire wrap piece for someone.
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2019, 10:18:40 AM »

I finally braved the ice and got the unit running last night.
Here is a two sided piece with the double taper girdle and a bunch of druzy.
58x28x5 mm
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Re: Collector pieces
« Reply #39 on: February 16, 2019, 09:49:36 AM »

A lot of stuff just looks nicer if you have a bigger piece.  I've made the mistake of cabbing a nice looking rock ... only to be disappointed in the cab.   You have to have some tight or smaller detail to make a cab work for a lot of stuff.  I slabbed a nice jade, ocean polished rock a few years ago ... it was beautiful as a ocean polished jade ... sucked as cabbing material.  I am a "fixing" to do it again though ... have this really nice ocean polished teal colored jade piece from jade cove .... but I'm gonna slab it and see what it looks like.  I guess its a matter of perspective or orientation ... if you collect agates you probably collect slabs or halves and love to look at them.  I cut cabs and make jewelry ... so I'm always looking at rough with an eye to how I can cut it and make something out of it. I like a lot of rough in big sections ... Norrena jasper, some poppy jaspers, etc ... I cut small cabs mostly and they just lose their appeal in small cabs.  I mostly go for color nowadays as I can make that work.
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