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1  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 03, 2016, 10:37:14 am
actually, i believe these to be natural.
here in Washington SW corner ofthestate its all over the place.

I pulled a few from the ground myself and cut them and they are exactly like this.
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: blocking / splitting large rough with angle grinder, chissel and hammer on: February 29, 2016, 09:44:27 am
i need to get an angle grinder and do this to my Teanaway jasper (aka Teanaway jade) boulder.

Huge boulder sitting in my back yard wanting to be "NICELY" made into smaller chunks rather than a sledge hammer and ending up with awkward shaped chunks.
3  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: thickness of opal wood slap on: February 29, 2016, 09:38:34 am
i make all my slabs the thickness of four USA pennies.
What is that, 1/4 inch thick? dunno
4  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: Fire agate help needed on: February 06, 2016, 08:41:01 am
i found getting rough wet, under bright lighting with a loupe, i can see how deep the fire is on a side.
Then i grind down as close as i can to remove the top without going into the color.
5  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: dremel flex shaft tool on: January 10, 2016, 06:59:52 pm
no, i didnt have one until yesterday.
I just purchased a flex shaft for my dremmel.

i will be greasing the coil shaft though, its one thing i noticed they dont do in fabrication.

Trying to learn Fire agates.
6  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / dremel flex shaft tool on: January 09, 2016, 07:06:28 am
I am wondering, from all you that have the dremel flexible shafts.

How long have you used yours, how long do they last before you have to replace the whole shaft?
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Interesting plume - Marfa? on: January 01, 2016, 09:44:43 am
wow, that third one looks like a volcanic explosion!!! Nice stuff!
8  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: New from N California on: January 01, 2016, 08:48:25 am
you can probably make a template with a 6x6 square drawing a line from corner to corner and make a hole in the center big enough to put a pencil or sharpie tip through and make a center mark.

your slabochon creation is interesting.
I bet you could make a larger one to hold planter pots also. cool idea!

That ebay & etsy and buying slabs gets expensive. I sold one of my rifles and bought a combination saw unit to make my own litle slabs, but that wasnt good enough i had to sell other things and get a 20 inch saw lol
9  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Last cabs of 2015 - "Happy New Year" on: January 01, 2016, 08:40:30 am
I love that Maury Mtn!
10  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Is there a name for this type art on: December 05, 2015, 07:42:31 pm
an overpriced waste of perfectly good hot glue and rock slabs  hide
11  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: anyone recognize this now that it is cabbed? on: November 26, 2015, 08:02:06 am
i have some stuff that looks exactly like this mine was labeled mexican splotch agate
12  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: How high should a work bench be? on: November 22, 2015, 11:29:40 am
make your personal work area tall enough so your neck isnt bent downwards the whole time you are working, having your neck bent downward for lengthy periods of time causes injury to your spine.
13  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: New guy from washington state on: November 14, 2015, 08:59:15 pm
just remember, rock hounding at riffe lake is closed and WDFW will fine you for artifacting (up to $600 or more) for picking up a rock.
14  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: on: October 09, 2015, 02:38:17 pm
I'm in Kent

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15  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: on: October 09, 2015, 02:38:03 pm
What part of this wet state Washington?

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