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1  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For April 2016 on: April 26, 2016, 03:45:55 pm
I'm putting this contest on hold until the forum migration is completed. I don't know who will be running the contest on the new forum.
2  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Vote for the March 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: April 12, 2016, 08:47:26 am
It's a tie! Congratulations Allen and Kent!
3  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Vote for the March 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: April 08, 2016, 08:08:54 pm
Only a couple more days to vote! Be sure to get your vote in for this great contest!
4  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For April 2016 on: April 04, 2016, 04:55:30 pm
For new members not familiar with how these contests work:

Entries are cabochons only and must be completed during the contest period. No cabs pulled from a drawer please.

Try to include a picture of the original slab, preform and the finished cabochon so we can see what your vision for the finished stone was from start to finish.

Be sure to tell us about the stone, what you liked about it, how it worked up and anything else you experienced while creating your entry for this contest.

You can enter any shape cab and your choice of mineral.

Please note that intarsia, finished jewelry, carvings and composite type cabs can not be entered in this contest.

Join in and have some fun! This is a friendly competition between peers. Winners may or may not receive a prize for their efforts.

Cabs posted here are only for the contest.  One entry per member.
5  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Vote for the March 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: April 04, 2016, 04:54:13 pm
Allen's Moroccan Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg206801.html#msg206801

Stonemon's Oregon River Jasper
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg206816.html#msg206816

Jhon P's Lost Ledge Plume Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg206903.html#msg206903

Mearic71's Crazy Lace Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg206943.html#msg206943

Back's Charoite cabochon
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg206971.html#msg206971

Hulagrub's Agatized Petrified Wood
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg206988.html#msg206988

Trail's Moss Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207011.html#msg207011

Sandsave's Rutilated Quartz
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207026.html#msg207026

GregHiller's Midnight Lace Obsidian
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207051.html#msg207051

Talusman's Owyhee Deer Sky Jasper
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207101.html#msg207101

Yukon Jade's Bigg's Jasper
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207115.html#msg207115

Tetonartgallery's bigg's Jasper
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207151.html#msg207151

Kent's Dryhead Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18465.msg207185.html#msg207185

6  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For March 2016 on: March 04, 2016, 09:39:09 am
For new members not familiar with how these contests work:

Entries are cabochons only and must be completed during the contest period. No cabs pulled from a drawer please.

Try to include a picture of the original slab, preform and the finished cabochon so we can see what your vision for the finished stone was from start to finish.

Be sure to tell us about the stone, what you liked about it, how it worked up and anything else you experienced while creating your entry for this contest.

You can enter any shape cab and your choice of mineral.

Please note that intarsia, finished jewelry, carvings and composite type cabs can not be entered in this contest.

Join in and have some fun! This is a friendly competition between peers. Winners may or may not receive a prize for their efforts.

Cabs posted here are only for the contest.  One entry per member.
7  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Vote for the February 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: March 04, 2016, 09:37:05 am
Thank you again everyone for the great contest entries!

Sandsave Picasso Stone
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18379.msg206309.html#msg206309

Jhon P Congo Malachite
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18379.msg206488.html#msg206488

tetonartgallery Polychrome Jasper
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18379.msg206537.html#msg206537

mearic71 Amethyst
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18379.msg206564.html#msg206564

Back's Labradorite
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18379.msg206611.html#msg206611

8  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Vote for the January 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: March 04, 2016, 09:30:54 am
Congrats @GregHiller!
9  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Vote for the January 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: February 19, 2016, 10:18:45 am
Sorry for the delay, but I've been waiting for everyone to repost their pictures since the originals were lost due to the server crash. Everyone but Mick B reposted. I've sent out PMs to the participants asking for reposting. I don't want to wait any longer for this contest, so here's the voting poll. Thank you to everyone who participates and makes this contest a success!

GregHiller's TeePee Canyon Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18298.msg206267.html#msg206267

Amethyst Rose's Moroccan Seam Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18298.msg206001.html#msg206001

Sandsave's Banded Onyx
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18298.msg205954.html#msg205954

Stonemon's Trent Agate
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18298.msg205841.html#msg205841

Mick B's rhodonite  (no pics)
10  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For February 2016 on: February 03, 2016, 10:18:25 am
For new members not familiar with how these contests work:

Entries are cabochons only and must be completed during the contest period. No cabs pulled from a drawer please.

Try to include a picture of the original slab, preform and the finished cabochon so we can see what your vision for the finished stone was from start to finish.

Be sure to tell us about the stone, what you liked about it, how it worked up and anything else you experienced while creating your entry for this contest.

You can enter any shape cab and your choice of mineral.

Please note that intarsia, finished jewelry, carvings and composite type cabs can not be entered in this contest.

Join in and have some fun! This is a friendly competition between peers. Winners may or may not receive a prize for their efforts.

Cabs posted here are only for the contest.  One entry per member.
11  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cab Contest Entries For January 2016 on: February 03, 2016, 10:16:45 am
I need everyone to re-upload their photos for this contest, otherwise it's going to make voting impossible. Only the last 2 entries are viewable.
12  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: Fire agate help needed on: February 03, 2016, 10:12:32 am
In general, fire agate is treated like precious opal. cut away anything that is not fire.  Sometimes that means carving and contouring the stone following the color layers to bring out the best in the stone. if you just want a cabochon, cut it down to the best color and bring to as high of a polish you are able to.

The pictures are too dark for me to make specific recommendations regarding this particular stone.
13  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Vote for the December 2015 Killer Cab Contest Entries on: January 04, 2016, 09:47:24 am
Back's "Camilla's Monster"
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18174.msg204986.html#msg204986

Camilla's Cabochon
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18174.msg205153.html#msg205153

Flyin66comet's Gary Green Jasper
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18174.msg205218.html#msg205218

Sandsave's Sodalite
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18174.msg205434.html#msg205434

Margie B's chrysoprase
http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,18174.msg205437.html#msg205437
14  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Killer Cab Contest Entries For January 2016 on: January 04, 2016, 09:41:38 am
For new members not familiar with how these contests work:

Entries are cabochons only and must be completed during the contest period. No cabs pulled from a drawer please.

Try to include a picture of the original slab, preform and the finished cabochon so we can see what your vision for the finished stone was from start to finish.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  yippie


Be sure to tell us about the stone, what you liked about it, how it worked up and anything else you experienced while creating your entry for this contest.

You can enter any shape cab and your choice of mineral.

Please note that intarsia, finished jewelry, carvings and composite type cabs can not be entered in this contest.

Join in and have some fun! This is a friendly competition between peers. Winners may or may not receive a prize for their efforts.

Cabs posted here are only for the contest.  One entry per member.
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Good homes needed, but where to post? on: December 21, 2015, 02:20:38 pm
Having developed an allergic, stress-catalyzed reaction with a high chance of shutting off my airway at random times and no time limit on relapses, I have to move because it is the tenants of 2 of the other 3 units in my building who shower me in allergens and stress me to the breaking point.  I spent half of yesterday, split across two visits, in the emergency room with massive angioedema--thankfully in my face, not my throat or my intestines (its other favorite vacation spots).  Angioedema prefers the throat to the other locations, cutting off airways at random times, and no one has yet said I won't be at risk of relapse for the rest of my life, only that it "may take several years" to stop if it does at all.

I won't be able to take much with me...I must leave behind my love and light of 11 years who is not allergic, our pets, my family's heirloom furniture, and...of course...all the rocks.

I have MANY rocks.  The ones I'm 100% sure of after taking all my meds are: dusty-raspberry-colored quartzite from the Bitterroot River, quartzites in other colors from other locations, MANY local southwestern Montana jaspers that are largely reds or greens, multicolored shale (tan, dark and light green, dark and light reddish-purplish, some calcite layering--stuff makes GREAT photo backdrops) from just west of Missoula, MT, and a multi-year rockpicking collection from Biggs Junction, Oregon that includes opalite, flint, rhyolite, jaspers, and some spectacular light-in-bright green amygdaloidal basalts along with "lava bomb" style bubbled basalt, much of which has assorted druzy shades lining the bubble vugs.

If anyone wants a look at samples I can definitely do that--just need to know the best section to post them in and which ones people want to see.  I can even start that post with an updated-as-I-go list of identified stones.

I also have other hobby items that might be of interest to friends or family y'all out there might have handy.  I'll be rehoming a MASSIVE stash of Magic: the Gathering collectible playing cards since I will have no one to play cards with and they're not good for solitaire games.  Not sure about books yet, but it's likely.  The only thing I won't be offering up is my enormous archive of photos showcasing minerals and rockhounding sites, as I have already promised that part of my photographic legacy to the Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society because they have no resident photographer for club events OR mineral specimens. 

I'll be setting up an appointment tomorrow to get help finding a new place to live.  After that, if anyone here would like to adopt some rocks, sooner will be better than later because I have no idea how long this will take to get set up and figured out and I may have to put together a move in just a day or two.  It's a pretty sure bet once I move I won't have internet access any more, so when I have a due date on that I'll have my membership here closed to avoid cluttering the servers. 

As I have no access to PayPal due to my peculiar refusal to send them scans or photos of my driver's license AND social security card (despite having a verified-their-way bank account!) when they will not guarantee who has access to that information, I am not looking to SELL rocks.  They just can't go with me and my nearest and dearest aren't all that into rocks.  The only payment I'd ever be interested in is paying it forward by helping someone else you run across someday when they need it.


I'd be willing to give your MTG cards a good home. I'm an avid player.

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