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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 20, 2016, 04:23:09 am
Rough eggs on the outside Jeremy.

But the inside well and truly makes up for that.
2  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For March 2016 on: April 02, 2016, 07:08:51 pm
Agree with Debbie.

I live in the state of Queensland ( 3 X as big as Texas) with a number of mineral rich provinces.

About to spend 2 weeks collecting in an iconic location, not all have that access. 
3  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Slice of paradise... on: April 01, 2016, 07:56:28 pm
As an old bloke something has slowly sunk in. Nature can be beautiful. yes
4  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: What's this weird purple stuff? on: March 30, 2016, 07:10:12 pm
Looks much like the brown Rain Forest Jasper from Mt Hay Queensland.

Actually Spherulitic Rhyolite which is associated with thunder eggs.   
5  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: Chysoprase Pendant on: March 30, 2016, 04:40:23 am
Chysoprase has a uncomplicated clean feel about it, great to work with.

Lovely presentation.
6  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: Of coral and amber on: March 29, 2016, 04:28:00 am
Thanks for staying out of the KK comp, with your imagination the rest of us would have problems.

What you do is just too much for me. shemademe
7  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For March 2016 on: March 10, 2016, 03:27:58 pm
Great cab Stonemon, we have our contest on the way.
8  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Killer Cabochon Contest Entries For March 2016 on: March 08, 2016, 12:55:16 am
Someone has to be first.

Talusmans challenge was too much of a temptation.

I selected 5 slabs sitting on my bench and got to work, one cab was a stand-out.
The others I will show latter.

The slab is one of two cut off the heel of a Moroccan agate that has been sitting around for a couple of years.

Preform.

The finished cab sitting on the mother agate.

And finally another of the cab size 35 x 45 mm.

Thanks for looking folks.
   
9  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Where Are You Going Digging 2016? on: March 05, 2016, 03:39:23 pm
How about Agate Creek, North Queensland.

Just need the temperatures to drop as well as the water level in the Robertson river and Mecca will be accessible. 
10  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from New Zealand on: January 09, 2016, 03:10:14 pm
Welcome Brian. dancer5

From just across the ditch in Cairns.

Sounds like we may have things to learn from you as well. yes
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: "Proper" lapidary solutions for slabs on: January 08, 2016, 03:31:36 pm
Rei, different brand and bottles, but it looks to be the same epoxy.

1 Gallon will do heaps. My kit is a quart and lasts some time.

Yellowing is not a problem indoors, I have a big specimen on a verandah in full sun that yellowed a little.

Hardness, No figure, but it is used for tables and bench tops.

Best of luck.   
12  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: "Proper" lapidary solutions for slabs on: January 07, 2016, 09:33:53 pm
I have only used the glass on flat services. It goes on liquid and if not level tends to run off the other side.

Part of the process is giving the surface a lick with a flame like a small gas torch. That breaks and gas bubbles.

Took this pic in the back yard this morning. Three slices of thunder egg from Agate Creek, have got felt on the back so they can be used as coasters.
13  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: "Proper" lapidary solutions for slabs on: January 07, 2016, 03:41:33 pm
Rei it might be time to look outside the normal square.

They say there is more than one way to skin a cat. I use a product known as liquid glass, a 2 pack epoxy.

It is used on bench tops and has a durable high gloss, glass like finish.

Only draw back so far is if left in the sun over time it may yellow a little.

Check out the local hardware store.

Polishing slabs can be boring work.
14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Simple cab groove cutter. on: January 06, 2016, 01:46:28 am
Got It. dancer5

The vertical line is curved the same as the blade.

Hope you have a grooving good time this new year.  yes

Allen.
15  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Simple cab groove cutter. on: January 05, 2016, 03:53:23 pm

The second picture shows the stone against the wood and the blade.
 
The groove is being cut but the stone can only be pushed onto the blade until it hits the step now protruding on the wooden guide. Depth of cut is set by the adjustment screws.
Just place the stone against the blade and gently turn.

I expect a sintered or smooth blade would give a better result than those that are notched.

Some material is better than others, but yesterday I did some bolder opal (congealed mud) for good results.
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