Helios Red Helios Green Helios Blue Helios Purple

Lapidary / Gemstone Community Forum
September 21, 2017, 12:56:12 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: This Forum has moved to a new host.  Please go to http://lapidaryforum.net/group/index.php and sign up so you can participate.  You will no longer be able to post here.  It is now a read-only archive.
 
  Home Help Search Classifieds Gallery Links Classified / Auctions Staff List Login Register  
  Show Posts
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 28
1  General Forum Information and Guides / Forum Related Announcements / Re: ADS on: April 26, 2016, 05:14:23 am
So there are two nearly identical forums? Is the plan to merge them?

-Jeremy
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Got my T-eggs on: April 19, 2016, 09:10:32 pm
Here's the first of the Red Bed eggs I cut. I like the deep blue and pale moss.
3  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: New Piranha Agate Cab on: April 17, 2016, 06:49:14 am
Very nice - I like the foreground background effect.
4  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For April 2016 on: April 16, 2016, 01:15:58 pm
Is everyone tuckered out from last month?

Here's one to get us started. Gem Dinosaur bone from Utah. This is the first Dino bone I've worked with. The agatized cells are fascinating - particularly when viewed under a microscope. They show a full range of formations and inclusions.

This cab is untreated and unstabilized. While trimming this thin ~5mm slab I learned that the black webbing can cause breakage fairly easily. This was originally going to be a crescent - before a corner broke off, steering me to this freeform shape. I was gentle throughout the rest of the process and it worked up fine. The black webbing undercuts a bit - I'm sure someone with more polishing skills than I could minimize this even further - but to me it's not bad at all.

Hope you like it!

-Jeremy
5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Dino bone under a microscope on: April 16, 2016, 07:06:11 am
Went agate hunting with a microscope and a slab of gem dino bone today. Found lots of variety - fortification, chromatogtaphy, geodes, moss, floaters, shadow, etc. Here are a few of the cooler ones:

6  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Identification Inquiries / Re: Utah Yellow Cat petrified wood or ???? on: April 15, 2016, 08:52:33 pm
Here are a few chunks of yellow cat chalcedony if it helps. These aren't the redwood - just some red translucent stuff that's also found there (not nearly as pricey)

-Jeremy
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Identification Inquiries / Re: Utah Yellow Cat petrified wood or ???? on: April 15, 2016, 08:44:06 pm
The super pricey yellow cat "red wood" is red fortification agate.

Your pieces are beautiful - are you sure they're all pet wood? Some look like mossy jasp-agate. That last one could pass for stone canyon or some other California breccia.

Very nice!
8  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Dino Bone! on: April 15, 2016, 07:32:50 pm
Cut another couple of slabs. The color is a little more orange deeper in, but more colors are showing up in the cells. Sweet rock  dancer5

9  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Dino Bone! on: April 14, 2016, 06:15:19 pm
Thanks Michael,

Is there a good way to tell if it's fully agatized in the rough state (from photos)? The other piece looked ok until I cut it open and saw all the platy calcite.

-Jeremy
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Dino Bone! on: April 14, 2016, 06:01:50 pm
This is the second piece of Dino bone I've taken a chance on. The first was brown with mostly calcite cells - a bust. This one I'm much more excited about. Bright orange and red with black webbing and little mini-agates in the cells. Sweet!
11  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Big mystery sagenite... Help on: April 14, 2016, 04:47:46 pm
In a momentary lapse of reason I acquired this big block of yellow/red sagenite. It's a section of seam, about 5-6" thick and weighs 10 pounds. Trying to figure out if it's Mexican or Indonesian and any other info I can muster.

There are some dodgy looking areas, but also some areas that look really nice. Shame I only have a 10" saw (that's where the lapse in reason comes in)

Thanks!

-Jeremy
12  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Vote for the March 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: April 12, 2016, 09:00:59 am
A tie!?   bricks

Allen and Kent - please PM me your addresses - prizes inbound!

Congrats!

-Jeremy


13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Got my T-eggs on: April 10, 2016, 08:18:35 pm
Yeah I got some nice slabs off of these. This one's the last off the saw and my favorite so far. I'll try to cut a KCC entry this month.

-Jeremy
14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Master Lap/Backing Plate for Ameritool? on: April 10, 2016, 08:00:55 am
I bought my Ameritool and other equipment from Kingsley North.
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: The Search engine hates me on: April 10, 2016, 07:28:35 am
I buy quite a bit of stuff on eBay. Took a bit of practice for me to be able to judge a seller by their descriptions/grammar/photos/feedback. Otherwise I've bought some rough from miners who have web pages. Haven't ordered bulk rough from the lapidary supply web pages as I'm afraid the yield will be minute ("mine run" material).

Black Onyx might be tricky as the term Onyx is often misused and many online refer to any black/dyed rock as Onyx.

-Jeremy

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 28
Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum | Buy traffic for your forum/website

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines