Lapidary / Gemstone Community Forum
May 17, 2022, 10:17:18 pm
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
 
  Home Help Search Login Register  
  Show Posts
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 12
31  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / Re: NEW STYLE BEAD Petrified wood on: April 02, 2015, 12:45:05 pm
Again this text is from the bead forum.

One of my main teachers for this style bead was a Bactrian bead I bought from David Ebbinghouse at Tucson. I would sit every night while visiting with Suzi and fondle and feel the bead, I find that feel is one of the most important aspects of any bead and have always used this criteria when making beads in the studio. I have always said if I can get one of me pieces in someones hand I stand a much better chance of selling it.

This bead is 100% hand made (yes I use machines) and I have hand finished it rather than machine sanding and polishing it. I think in doing this it puts the bead in its own category and gives it a true old look.

This bead is made with Arizona petrified wood its measurement are.
40.5mm long and 11.5mm at its widest diameter. Hole size 4mm

All my best ...... Danny

P.S. I am calling this new series "Lopacktrian", I have to give them something to think about
32  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / NEW STYLE BEAD on: April 02, 2015, 12:41:56 pm
My wife Suzi and I have been collecting beads for nearly forty years and have shifted our focus to ancient stone beads. Being a stone bead maker since 1978 I found myself intrigued by the shape of some of these beads, some being as old as 5000 years old.

In the first image I am posting, here is a description that I posted on a bead forum I belong to.

The first bead below is the one we got from David Ebbinghouse. It is Bactrian and it is two to five thousand years old. When purchased it was nearly all white with age, with just a bit of skin oil you can see that it is quickly coming back to life.
55.6mm long 10.4mm at largest diameter hole size 4mm

The second image is from the same time period and the same style as the one I got from David. I picked this bead up from Hassan prior to my purchase from David. I think that this bead showed David that we are kindred spirits in our bead likes because he came to the room after I showed him this bead.
42.4mm long 9.5mm at largest diameter 3.3mm hole size

As I can not post images and then write more text below I will continue in a reply.

All my best .......... Danny
33  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: New to carving, looking for tool advice on: April 01, 2015, 10:41:06 am
Some of you may find this hard to believe I have on my bench one #30 chuck style hand piece 3 #44T and 2 #28 hand pieces. I prefer using the collet hand pieces for any and all use of diamond burrs the collet makes the burr run perfectly true as long as the burrs is made right. I only use the #30 for drilling or for the odd size shank that I do not have a collet for.

The reason for more than one kind of collet hand piece. The 44T comes with a 1/8, 3/32 and 1/4 inch collet, rather than taking the time to change out the collet on one hand piece I just pop the hand piece off of the shaft and pop the one needed in its place. The # 28 comes with a 3/32 and 1/8 inch collet so two hand pieces for the same reason.

Below is an image of my carving bench that was in the house prior to my new studio being built you will notice the hand pieces on it. The bench is in the new studio and I assure you that is is never this clean, I had just cleaned it when this image was shot.

All my best .............. Danny
34  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: New to carving, looking for tool advice on: March 30, 2015, 10:20:06 am
I have two Foredom SR machines in my studio. I have been using Foredom flex shaft machines since 1978 and have never worn one out I have upgraded and given away my old ones. If you buy a SR machine I recommend buying the dial speed control for it as the foot control leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to precise speed control. If you get the Foredom make sure you get the 44T handpiece, this handpiece has collets that go up to 1/4 inch shank.

Regarding burrs go to Amazon and do a search for diamond burr sets. Buy the fifty piece set (they are inexpensive) this will give you a great assortment and you will find the burrs that work best for what your wanting to do.

All my best ........... Danny

Carving forum many carvers on this forum
http://www.thecarvingpath.net/

another link for carving burrs
www.lopacki.com/burrs/
35  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / Re: first 3 months of bead making, thank you for the inspiration on: March 23, 2015, 03:44:12 pm
Cobbled,
Your beads are great it is wonderful to see yet another new bead maker in the mix. This type lapidary is far from easy and you are showing a true talent when it comes to making hard stone beads. You as well as I know that just to get a proper hole takes more time than most would be willing to put into more than a few beads. Keep up the great work and please keep us posted on your new beads.

I just designed made a new bead roughing fixture for my bead machine, all I can say is wow I should have done it shortly after the new studio was done ......... Better late than never. I am in the process of making more than a few agate beads to do some experimenting on some new shapes, using lesser agate in the trials and will get into my killer agate/jasper once I like what shapes I come up with.

Keep on beading!!

All my best ... Danny

P.S. Send me an email and I will send an image of the new fixture .......... daniel@stonebeads.com
36  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / Re: green jasper bead on: March 22, 2015, 09:35:10 am
That is a good size, I have found that a larger hole seems to be more desired with the buyers. I am in the process of making some agate beads right now that I will post sometime in the near future, on anything with any size I am going no smaller that 6mm for the hole. Again very nice bead please post more as you make them.

All my best .... Danny
37  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / Re: green jasper bead on: March 21, 2015, 09:20:27 am
Nice bead. what size hole did you put in it?

All my best ......... Danny
38  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / Re: Grandma's Glass beads on: March 19, 2015, 02:20:59 pm
You will need to get a more in focus image then post it at this website if you want to know what the experts think your beads are.

http://beadcollector.net/

All my best ....... Danny
39  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: NEW FIND GREEN GEM SILICA/SANDBLASTED on: March 19, 2015, 09:48:26 am
When I saw finegemdesigns images of the Mtorolite he had purchased I thought it looked a lot like this stone I posted. Perhaps the person that sold it to me made up a story regarding where it came from although I do not think he is that type of a person. I will try to contact him and see what he has to say when I tell him what we are discussing on the forum. Thank you all for your feed back.

Whether or not it is Mtorolite the pieces I purchased are very saturated in the color distribution so this in itself makes it above most pieces I see online. I am still most pleased with the stone.

All my best ...... Danny

P.S. I just shopped this material on Ebay and I am 99.9 % sure this person made up a story regarding what he sold to me.
40  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Questions about sphere making on: March 18, 2015, 05:29:49 pm
Don,
I will make sure that if I want to talk to your dog I will start with Jake ...... Sorry about that.

All my best ....... Danny
41  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Questions about sphere making on: March 18, 2015, 02:10:13 pm
Jake,
Here is a link for a person that is restoring marbles. It has the chain feed on his machine. He says to mix the grit with oil but I say no to this I just use water and it works like a charm.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPCTWJe08Fs

All my best ... Danny
42  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Questions about sphere making on: March 18, 2015, 11:41:33 am
Jake,
I just went to the hardware store and purchased some small open link chain. I measured it so it hung into the grit bowl when suspended over the cup. The links were closed so I just snipped one spread it and then closed this link once the chain was closed.

All my best ..... Danny
43  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Questions about sphere making on: March 17, 2015, 05:55:40 pm
I built this sphere machine based on one in an old lapidary journal article in 1980. I used it for quite awhile and then it went to deep storage. About two years ago I started restoring very old hand made German marbles the were made from 1850 up to about 1920. The motors had been used enough that I found that I needed to replace them, let me tell you I was shocked at how much they had increased in price but what has not.

If you notice the base is just made from exterior plywood with slots cut into it with a jig saw. The metal is brass plate (I would use steel or aluminum now). You can find all kinds of information on sphere machines on youtube and I think that anyone wanting one should just build their own and save big bucks.

In the second image I spent some time playing around trying to perfect a two head machine, never could get it to work properly and just quit wasting my time. Notice on this machine how small the motors are on the gear reduction units. I found these motors on a surplus web site and they were very inexpensive. These motors are 24 volt DC and they are super strong, strong enough that you cannot stop them with your hand.

I also show in my oopinion the best way to feed the slurry onto your heads, its just a chain cut to length and joined. Also I show my grinding heads, I use PVC pipe fittings and PVC pipe for reusable inserts. By using the PVC inserts all you have to do is change out the inserts when you want to use a new grit.

Hope this gives you all some ideas.
44  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: turquoise nodule, how to polish? on: March 16, 2015, 05:33:22 pm
You could also tumble it with tube shaped ceramic media to just hit the high spots. But I think Steve has a very good way of doing it, the only problem you might encounter is Zam down in the valleys. I have found that Zam is pretty easy to remove with Ammonia and water.

All my best ....... Danny
45  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Preferred method for storing opal rough? on: March 15, 2015, 10:21:44 am
I have been cutting opal since 1977 and have always stored it dry. I think this is best because if the opal is "sick" it will crack when stored, this said most stones you cut out of the not cracked material will rarely crack in the future.

All my best ... Danny
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 12
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy