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1  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Dino bone under a microscope on: April 18, 2016, 08:34:43 pm
Way cool! Hope you will do more!
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Burned by baked carnelian? Bummer! on: April 06, 2016, 02:47:51 am
Is the soaking in acid and heat treatment done to the rough or finished product?
3  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: little bit out of box on: March 31, 2016, 05:09:33 pm
Very cool.
4  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: How to stop facetting stones. on: March 25, 2016, 08:23:42 am
It's nearly impossible to completely prevent facets on a metal-backed lap. A light touch, slow speeds and plenty of water can help, but the odds are still seriously against you.  I don't use them on my Ameritool for sanding or polishing unless l actually want a flat surface.  Like others have said here, a soft pad is by far your best bet.
5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Petrified wood on: March 25, 2016, 08:14:07 am
Ooo nice!  I like the choice of background as well.
6  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Ameritool 8" Flat Lap Water Outlet Pipe Cleaning Tool? on: March 19, 2016, 12:05:55 pm
I've tried almost everything but with that 90 degree bend inside of the case I haven't found any tool that works well. However, a blast of air can often dislodge most of the gunk.
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Somebody grab a fire extinguisher... on: March 16, 2016, 08:02:01 am
Holy smokes indeed!
8  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Arizona! on: March 11, 2016, 06:57:42 pm
Hello from Phoenix!
9  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Faceted malachite cabs on: February 29, 2016, 04:46:21 pm
Awesome. Great new approach to a classic material.
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: Lab grown crystals being sold as natural on Ebay on: February 19, 2016, 08:28:57 pm
In Tucson I talked with someone who has cut turquoise for years. She said someone had shown her some new synthetic turquoise rough that she could not tell from real Sleeping Beauty. She said had it not been labeled synthetic, she would have believed was the real thing.
11  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Attention Phoenix, AZ rockhounds on: February 19, 2016, 08:16:00 pm
Did you ever go to McCracken?
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Attention Phoenix, AZ rockhounds on: January 18, 2016, 03:39:59 pm
Dang, sorry I missed that. Let us know if you go again.
13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Attention Phoenix, AZ rockhounds on: December 28, 2015, 07:51:19 pm
What's at Burro Creek?
14  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Good homes needed, but where to post? on: December 22, 2015, 08:19:30 am
I am so sorry to hear about your situation, it sounds like an awful predicament.  I hope you find some answers soon.

The mineral club near me (Phoenix) uses all kinds of minerals and rocks to build educational sets for teaching earth sciences in grade school.  Maybe there is something similar near you?

The same club has also organized occasional local "clearance sales" for collectors in similar circumstances, would that be an option for you?
15  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Couple afternoon cabs on: December 11, 2015, 08:32:15 pm
Beautiful.
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