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1  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Got my T-eggs on: April 23, 2016, 03:57:22 pm
I was just there on 4/17.
The moss bed is open. In fact they were cleaning it out with the excavator while I was there. I wasn't able to get many good eggs because they were clearing the prime digging area. I was able to get this beauty though! Red bed, and Blue bed are open too.
2  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: Richardsons ranch Thunder eggs and rough rock, Oregon. on: April 05, 2016, 01:38:08 pm
How much was the polychrome? That sounds like something they recently picked up.
3  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: T-eggs from Tim Fisher/OreRockOn? on: April 04, 2016, 01:45:30 pm
I ordered some opal eggs from Tim before. He made an error and sent me too many. When I contacted him he told me to keep them. I was happy with the purchase. Please show pics of the white fir jasper eggs. I'm thinking of heading up there this summer to get heat stroke digging!
4  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: AAA Scenic Owyhee Picture Jasper on: February 29, 2016, 09:29:22 pm
Was that a pancake piece of rough that was cut parallel to the grain?
I just got 15 pounds of good grade owyhee and I'm wondering how you cut it.
I looked at Phillip's videos about cutting it parallel to get blossom patterns, but I am wondering how you cut it to get scenes.
5  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Thoughts on Jasper/agate "claims". on: February 05, 2016, 01:40:49 pm
Thanks for your perspective and clarification Neal.
6  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Thoughts on Jasper/agate "claims". on: February 04, 2016, 11:18:51 am
Thanks for asking the question Jeremy. I am curious myself.
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Hi, here is a sweet slab I picked up today. on: February 01, 2016, 01:09:05 pm
Reminds me of a Moraccan Nodule.
8  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: Look what a friend found today~!! on: January 27, 2016, 09:49:23 pm
"My friend? I don't know what happened to him!! Maybe a rouge wave got him!"
This rock? Oh I just found it.
9  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Three new ones on: January 27, 2016, 09:47:40 pm
All great work, but that Ocean Jasper cab is stellar!
10  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from the wet side of Washington State on: January 26, 2016, 01:39:12 pm
Welcome from Olympia!
11  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Looking for amethyst rough on: December 13, 2015, 03:48:37 pm
I am looking for some amethyst rough for a 50 x 20 mm cab. It does not have to be faceting grade material, but something with decent color, and clarity is good. If anyone has some rough or a slab that they can part with it would be appreciated. Below is a link to an example of the style of bracelet it is for. The stone in this one is a good example of the color and clarity that is acceptable.
Any leads or help is appreciated.
Justin


https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj5reKs9dnJAhVT0mMKHVGnB8MQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F145522631682460021%2F&psig=AFQjCNEoi4OBOM79-gSjFZZ5646AoDFtng&ust=1450133214001627
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Snow day cabs on: December 13, 2015, 03:38:45 pm
All beautiful. Love the bat cave most. However I'm partial to bat cave jasper.
13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Malachite Cab or Carving Who Cares? It's Done! on: December 10, 2015, 09:00:42 am
I recommended the malachite. At first I was going to use a similar colored jasper, but I realized a close match would look worse than a different contrast. The malachite was also softer and easier to carve. The last reason is that my friend gave me a broken malachite statue that I slabbed for rough. I thought it was fitting to re-use a carving.
14  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Malachite Cab or Carving Who Cares? It's Done! on: December 09, 2015, 11:50:38 pm
When a friend sent me a bracelet missing a carving, and asked me to cut a cab to fit it I thought are you kidding me?  I warmed up to the idea and took a thin slab of malachite that I had slabbed from a broken carving. I roughed it out on a trim saw and shaped it down  on a 100 grit wheel. As I got closer to the form I used carbon paper to make a stencil of the exact shape and traced it. From here I quit using the cabbing machine and filed the edges to fit with a diamond file. This part took me a looong time. I held the cab underwater in a tupperware to eliminate any dust. No copper for me. Once it fit the setting I domed it a bit and polished the top.  I was so relieved when it was done. I was fearful of the arm breaking off while I was holding it. Now I can relax!
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Reading rocks on: December 05, 2015, 09:47:50 pm
For beach rocks  look for the little fingernail crescents on the surface. These are tiny conchoidal fractures and mean that it's something that will take a polish, probably agate or jasper. Another clue is a waxy surface when dry. 
You can always take what you collect at the beach and throw it in a tumbler. Keep notes of what it looked like before it went in, and then see what takes a polish and what does not.
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