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Jhon P
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« on: December 23, 2015, 08:43:39 am »

OK I am testing on how to post a picture
This is a polished slab (dry sanded) of lost ledge plume agate fro the cady mountians, Barstow Ca.
 Lets see if it works dunno


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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 09:25:18 am »

Wow that is a nice looking rock! Did you mine it yourself?
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 09:28:48 am »

Gorgeous!  ura
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2015, 10:56:53 am »

WOW! Beautiful slab man  yes
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 11:00:42 am »

Nice slab. I'm a sucker for purple and red agates.

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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 11:11:41 am »

Those are killer colors. I'd hate to lose that ledge!
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 12:35:59 pm »

I WANT SOME!
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2015, 04:33:31 pm »

Wow is all I can say.

If you know a source of that and if it is for sale you sure can sell it no prob. Please send more info. Hi new best friend does your dog need to take a walk? Do you need me to take out the trash?

Just kidding but that is the coolest thing that I have seen in a long time.

Again please tell us more about it.
You sure know how to make an entrance hatsoff

Bless
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2015, 06:27:18 pm »

It came from a private claim. There was a group of us paid $100.00 per day to have a guy take us to his claims and collect. The agate seam was up a very steep, rocky mountain and a long hard hike. There was only three of us that was capable of making the climb up the mountain. Every one else stayed at the bottom to collect float.  it took an hour and a half to hike up the mountain and we had to pack tools for hard rock mining. and than we had to pack out tools and rock. I only fell twice. We also had Africanized bees that was attracted to the digging. they wanted the moisture from the ground we were digging. As long as we kept some water out for them they left us alone. It was too hard to get to want to give up any, sorry.
 I will post a picture of a cab on the cabochon section. I can also do some pictures of some of the other material we collected in the Cady's
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2015, 01:10:49 pm »

Jhon........really nice piece yes.  Looks like a planet being bombarded with meteors (earth science teacher). Too nice to cut up. 

Do you have any issues with dry sanding??

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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2015, 01:45:59 pm »

How much did you guys get out? Was it worth the $100?
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2015, 02:31:04 pm »

Dry sanding is great for slabs and specimens. Forget heat sensitive stones, some will break and some like oynx will discolor. Stay away from toxic rock like malachite. Works good for most agates and jaspers and pet wood. If I don't know I will try a small sample. The advantage is speed, it is the fastest way to polish a slab, one that size takes about 15 min. Disadvantage is the dust, I have the dry sander set up outside with a box fan to suck the dust away and always wear a respirator or good dust mask. If you and anyone else is interested I can try and do a tutorial on dry sanding?
There was a person in Reno that died from doing a lot of dry sanding (rocks in the box the old miners called it)
 The Black rock geode that I posted was dry sanded. I can post more pictures if anyone is interested.
 
 The Cady trip was worth it to me, I packed out all I could carry, Maybe 70 lb. from the lost ledge, a lot of small cabbing size pieces. but I shared part of it with the people that couldn't make the climb
there was about five different collecting sites we went to in two days, some produced some good material and some didn't
 My friend Bill and I spent some time at Lavic Siding collecting jasper that is pretty cool.
 I am planning on going back in the spring when the Victorville club has the tailgate rock show and sale. I want to get some Verdi Antiuqe marble for spheres, the club puts on a field trip to the old mine. Bill has a friend that will take us to some spots where we don't have to pay.
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2015, 04:30:35 pm »

I have used the dry sanding method on slabs, the back and front of my large cabs and the backs of most all my smaller cabs. It is very fast. One of my recent monthly columns in Rock and Gem Magazine is about using the dry sanding process. I've been using it for about 40 years.
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2015, 06:39:18 pm »

Hey Bob, You have more experience than me. If they want a tutorial you can refer them to your column in the magazine
 
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2016, 12:18:33 pm »

Good job digging ... bees and all you done pretty good!

 
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