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1  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: The Search engine hates me on: April 10, 2016, 10:09:05 am
Robin and gemfeller

Thanks for the links. They are all dyed. The project calls for a natural untreated hi gloss black stone. Pure black onyx looks to be very hard to find. I am now looking into black tourmaline. Any other sugestions?

2  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Vote for the March 2016 Killer Cabochon Contest! on: April 10, 2016, 08:59:13 am
Wow is all I can say.

It makes me wonder if I have anything cool left to enter next time. I am sure you all are tired of seeing Charoite and I am a bit burnt on it also.

All of the entries are so cool  yes

Good job everyone.

3  The Gathering / Our Place / The Search engine hates me on: April 10, 2016, 07:19:41 am
Or I dont know how to use it hide

Hi All

I am sure this question has been asked and answered countless times. Where are your favorite places to go online for quality slabs or rough. I am a newbe at ordering on line. I have ordered 1 piece of hawks eye and I was not really happy the grain was really twisted.

I have been searching for hours for a small slab of high grade black onyx with no luck  dunno

Thanks in advance.

4  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Need info on the Graves Preformer on: March 28, 2016, 02:09:27 pm
Hi and welcome.

Preformers is something that intrests me. I am guessing that you are cutting calibrated rounds? I cut a lot of calibrated cabs and most of them wont fit in the setting because of the shrinkage of the setting. What kind/grit your first wheel?

Very interesting

5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: How to stop facetting stones. on: March 27, 2016, 09:58:02 am
Hi All

Wow does that bring back some memories. In the late 70s when I was a young teen I started cabbing with a old flat lap and hard disks.I took some of my lawn mowing money and bought a subscription to rock and gem magazine. It did not take long to figure out if you are going to cab on a flat lap a rubber backing is a must. Mt dad cut me some disks out of wood and found some rubber and I started making my flat laps with wet dry sand paper.

I have a jenie for a while now and it is a monster for shaping i still go to the flat lap for finishing.

Thanks for the memories
Happy Easter
6  Custom Designed Jewelry / Members Personal Jewelry Design Experiences / Tutorials / Guides / Re: Rhodochrosite on: March 22, 2016, 04:08:56 pm
Hey All

This has been bugging me all day. I did not know that the way I was soldering is toxic. I have only done it 7 times. The first time was by accident. The kids had knocked the flux jar over and I had limited time. It was a setting from Tripps that I had to size. Put it in the dip then the alcohol dried and soldered. It work very well. To the point I did it 6 more times with no problems.

Now I have to say do this at your one risk I wont do it again without a resiprator and rubber gloves. Thanks for the link  ura

I have looked at the silver mate and hope that it will work as good. I will post my findings in the soldering section.

7  Custom Designed Jewelry / Members Personal Jewelry Design Experiences / Tutorials / Guides / Re: Rhodochrosite on: March 22, 2016, 06:08:51 am
Thanks HBS

I wont be doing that again. I never knew. Guess it is one of those to good to be good for you.

Thanks again
8  Custom Designed Jewelry / Members Personal Jewelry Design Experiences / Tutorials / Guides / Re: Rhodochrosite on: March 21, 2016, 02:19:05 pm
Hi All
J I love your piece yes

Seems the topic went to soldering. I have a crazy way of soldering you all might think about. OK the flux is the crazy thing that makes things move around. Flu is the cleaner that is to move dirt oxidation ect out of the solder joints to make a good solder joint.

I don't use flux any more. The solder and parts I soak in connoisseurs brand silver cleaner for about 15 min then rinse with water and let dry. After dry I soak them in 91% Isopropyl alcohol and sterilize my shears and tweasers. Put together while wet and let dry then solder. Let cool then put back in the silver cleaner. You all wont believe the lack of clean up.I use oxy and propane so I cant say this would work for everyone. Try it on some scrap and see what you all think. hide

Again I love your piece and just trying to help.

9  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For March 2016 on: March 20, 2016, 10:33:31 am
Hi All

I am in with another piece of Charoite. This is a 30 x 40 out of the center of the first slab. Spring is here and this might be my last cab until it gets cold again. I am working on my picture taking in hopes that I can show what I see.
10  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For February 2016 on: February 29, 2016, 02:49:58 pm
Hi All

Here is my last min entry. Spring is coming and I might 1 more cab before it gets warm enough that I have to get into spring mode. I usually cut calibrated cabs that have a home in a setting. This is my first free form in many years. It was real fun to cut and I hope that some day I can learn to take pics that show it as I see it.
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Share Our Shop And Or Work Area Pics / Reclaiming the man cave on: February 28, 2016, 09:53:41 am
Well maybe more like peace talks dunno

I will try to make it short. 13 years ago when we bought this place my wife loved the house and I didn't really look at it. My eyes were looking at the 30 x 40 pole barn that had a 12 x 30 room built into it with a steel man door. It also had a 10 x 12 office built in. The wall are the 3 inch insulated double steel wall panels that were salvaged from a old factory wall. It was al my space a nice man cave.

We had 2 girls and the invasion start slow and got faster as they got older.

Fast foreword to yesterday. We were all out here and the topic of how mess it was. That was the moment to get more space back.
I agreed that it was a mess but a large part of the mess was made by the 3 females in the house. At the end of the peace talks I got an additional 8 ft of wall space I took some tape and put it on the floor to split the area into equal parts and the male of the house would clean his and the females clean the rest.

I just put a shelf on my new wall and getting ready to build a work bench.

12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: help pls for petrified opal wood on: February 25, 2016, 02:50:14 pm
Hi dede

I would take the slabbing a little more careful. Depending on the saw blade being used and feed pressure being used can cause bigger problems with fractures.

Love the pics and wish I had some of that material to play with.

13  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing /Soldering Saftey / Re: DiY Foundry Update on: February 24, 2016, 02:23:39 pm

Very professional looking yes and tons of info ura

I have been dreaming for years to have a shop with that kind of tools.

I saved this thread so I can find it easily.

Thanks for posting. I love it.
14  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Attention! Challenge to all members! on: February 22, 2016, 02:15:41 pm
What a cool thing to do ura

It has helped me to get out of the rut I am in trying to get the final finish on some Charoite. I am waiting for some new disks for my flat lap. I am having a hard time getting the finish that I want.

So when I got home and read this I looked in my when I have time box and started grinding ura Then I made cut marks for saw on a slab that Camilla wants to cut next.

15  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: RHODOCHROSITE on: February 22, 2016, 01:48:22 pm
Very nice.

I love the color I have 2 tiny pieces left. Now I have the itch to find some more.

Thanks for the Pic.

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