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« on: October 22, 2015, 01:11:19 pm »

Hello! I'm happy to be a part of this group. I'm a very novice rockhound, but has always drug hom any pretty rock I found. My Mom always had to check my pockets for rocks before doing the laundry. My obsession has only grown over the years and now I pay USPS to ship rocks home for me while I'm on vacation.  ura

I recently shipped home a good sized box of Thundereggs from Oregon, and am looking to learn how to polish them myself. I had two cut in Oregon, and am getting the rest cut locally. I'm also trying to decide about whether or not to purchase a tumbler.

Basically, so much to learn, so many rocks and so little time!  Annette

Forgot to mention - I live in the thriving metropolis of Clinton, Missouri.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2015, 01:36:40 pm »

Welcome aboard Annette.

You're going to need more than a tumbler to polish those thundereggs. At least an 8" or larger flat lap, depending on the size of the eggs.

Check to see if there's a rock club in your area that you can join. Most clubs have equipment that their members can use, and experienced people to teach you how to use the equipment.

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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2015, 01:40:48 pm »

I should have been a bit more clear. I'm considering a tumbler for smaller stuff, but for the eggs, I found a thread here from 2009? with info on polishing with a silicon carbide sander to remove saw marks and cerium oxide paste on a padded disc.

I've been checking for local clubs and cannot find any. They are as well hidden as those eggs.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2015, 01:58:47 pm »

 welcome2 .................to the............... chitchat .....................from New Mexico................. hatsoff
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2015, 02:10:16 pm »

Annette, where are you located ? We may be able to help you find a club near you. Or even better, there may be a member near you who would allow you to use their equipment. We're a friendly bunch of folks, and are more than willing to help folks new to the hobby.

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015, 02:47:51 pm »

 welcome2 from Southern Oklahoma. Pull up a chair and join in the chitchat
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2015, 02:48:45 pm »

Try this site for clubs near you:  http://www.amfed.org/mwf/states/Missouri/Missouri.html
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2015, 02:52:16 pm »

Welcome from Canada!

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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2015, 04:04:58 pm »

welcome from Maine. thunder eggs are so much fun to cut and find such great things inside.
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2015, 04:47:04 pm »

Now that we know where you're at, here's a list of clubs in your state. Hope you find one near you. http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/clubs/missouri.shtml

Oh, and welcome from South Dakota.

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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2015, 05:55:02 pm »

Thank you for the warm welcomes. I'm checking out the list, looks like the closest one is Sedalia - about 45 minutes from here. I tried their website, but it is shut down, so trying emails next.
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2015, 09:55:29 am »

Welcome from southern New Mexico.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2015, 03:54:11 pm »


 I bought a used  high speed dry sanding machine and you only need different size grit pads to get a good polish with a little practice.I paid $160.00 at a rock show I believe they are around $300.00 new.

            Glad to meet you! haveaniceday2
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