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November 15, 2018, 12:45:46 pm
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« on: August 15, 2018, 09:23:30 am »

Hi all,
I have just purchased some Hxtal (expensive over here) and would like some advice in using it to stabilise some sort stones that I have.
I have read about stabilizing by placing gems in a jar with epoxy and acetone and leaving for a week. Using pine resin (which does colour) and or just coating first one side and then the other with hxtal.
Others say heat and pressure???
But I do not know the mixes to use. Yes hxtal states 3 to 1. Would I just coating and does it sink in enough.
I have some chrysocolli and also some Blue John that need stabilizing.
Would be greatly for all advice that can be given.
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 04:44:57 pm »

Mix it 3 to 1 as instructed. Put it on one side and it will soak thru. I usually place the slab on some aluminum foil as it will stick to whatever you set it on. Takes about a week to set, unless you set it at a window to heat up some by the sun.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2018, 10:58:18 am »

Thank you Hulagrub for your response.
I have just carved 2 swans in labradors but one has areas that I do not like and am wondering if by soaking it in hxtal itcwould solve the issue.
I have added 2 pics of the one swan that has the issue


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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 12:35:31 am »

David must be busy..

Yes, Hxtal is good for filling in inclusions, pits and cracks..  But.., I am not sure how easy it would be to sand off and polish the excess from figures like these.  I have never used it just to "coat" something and leave it.

After I applied to cabs and it dried, I sanded it down and polished to a nice finish. Depending on how bad your areas are, you might just be able to limit what you apply to just that immediate area and then gently scrape off the excess after it has dried with a razer blade.  Might not have to even worry about any sanding or polishing to match the surrounding areas.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 12:42:44 am »

Thank you George,
As you can see from the pictures the areas do cover a large part. some people may say it enhances the swans but they are just bugging me so will probably try the hxtal.
These are going to be a 65th wedding present for my parents and so would like them looking very special. Just running out of time now.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 12:52:14 am »

They look like they will make wonderful gifts Karen...

Hey, on a side note.. If you can crop and or resize your images before uploading to the forum it would be good.. Those were so huge. Hard to view when they are that large.

I went ahead and resized and cropped those..

If you do not know how, let me know... Will walk ya through it..
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