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31  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing /Soldering Saftey / Re: Building a vacuum assisted caster for silver and gold. on: January 19, 2016, 01:44:34 pm
The highest temperature polymer is PTFE (teflon) at around 600 degrees f.  If you need a higher temp seal then you need to start looking at microfinishing of the steel surfaces.
32  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Ebay 'Local pickup only' - Shipping service? on: January 18, 2016, 07:22:25 am
There are small local companies that do that.  Yo will need to find one via internet search and then get a price.  Expect around 100-200 to pack and 200-400 for shipping.
33  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Gift giving...how to. on: January 16, 2016, 03:23:29 pm
Glass flower vase or wine decanter.
34  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Members Internet Activities and Promotions / Re: Pretty nice stuff on: January 16, 2016, 03:17:51 pm
I'll be listing it all again in a couple of days along with some more.  I'll post a heads up when it all goes up.  It entails a few hundred photos, so I don't want to dominate this forum with them.  Most of the material I have is self collected.  Some I bought to use but my health has dictated that it should pass to others who can take advantage of it.  And the specimens, we just don't have room to display them any more.
35  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Members Internet Activities and Promotions / Re: Pretty nice stuff on: January 15, 2016, 04:13:08 pm
The auctions have run out.  I'll be relisting and adding more rough next week.  I found some jaspers but not a lot of great ones.  Ine thing I did not spend a lot of time with is candy opal.  If anyone is interested I'll go through it and add more colors.
36  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Need ID help...and a question on: January 13, 2016, 04:25:43 pm

sonora sunrise is a lighter green and red.  It also would not include malachite or gray material.
37  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Inland on: January 12, 2016, 04:06:05 pm
I really love that intarsia.  Wonderful color sense.
38  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Slab saw on: January 11, 2016, 02:27:44 pm
Measure the outside diameter of each of the two pulleys, the width between the flanges of the pulleys and the distance between centers of the two pulleys when adjusted as close together as possible.  Add the diameters of the two pulleys together, multiply by 3.14 and divide by two.  Add that to two times the distance between centers and you have the width and minimum belt length.
39  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: ID help again please on: January 11, 2016, 10:33:42 am
This is a sample of Wyoming agatitzed crysocholla That was sitting in front of me when I saw this.  If you like it, I have a lot of it.  Some has much more blue green than others, but none would be called gem.
40  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Michael Hoover's Testing To Destruction / Turquoise, Jadieite, / Re: 100% Natural Green Hetian Nephrite Jade Bangle Bracelet "Handmade" A Grade on: January 09, 2016, 09:20:21 am
Here is a seller I dealt with a few months back. 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/12CT-AAA-Grade-Deep-Blue-Aquamarine-925-Solid-Genuine-Sterling-Silver-Pendant-/291656004419?hash=item43e80d7343:g:y-4AAOSwLN5WkHky
Virtually everything this seller has is total fake including both stones and metal.  Ebay doesn't care.  Their policy only covers returns.
41  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Home made 6 inch lap on: January 09, 2016, 08:53:02 am
GCFIs don't like motors.  It is certainly a good idea but if you add one, get a heavy duty unit, not some Harbor Freight junk that will keep you frustrated.
42  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Members Internet Activities and Promotions / Re: Pretty nice stuff on: January 08, 2016, 06:48:18 am
Sorry, I should have added that.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/weld6/m.html?item=231805138898&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
43  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Members Internet Activities and Promotions / Re: Pretty nice stuff on: January 07, 2016, 11:23:36 am
Actually, the three days was for the rough, but it also took three days for the crystals.
  Since you asked, I'll go out and start opening jasper buckets.  There is less than agate, but still will amount to several hundred pounds of various materials.  I'll post a heads up when I get them listed.
Steve
44  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Members Internet Activities and Promotions / Pretty nice stuff on: January 07, 2016, 09:33:02 am
Well the crystal sales were a bust so I'm on to selling cutting rough.  This is just a first attempt at what came out of the buckets on top.  It took a total of three days to list this batch including organizing, descriptions and photos.  If it turns out to be worth the effort, I'll start opening more drums and buckets.  If anyone has specific types of material they would like to see, let me know.  I have a huge variety.
45  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: New and very first cab machine/saw combo recommendations on: December 30, 2015, 03:05:38 pm
The motor and arbors are of course metal.  The base is particle board and and the trays and covers are plastic.
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