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What about materials with a metallic appearance ?

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« Reply #105 on: October 29, 2009, 11:06:11 pm »

Thank you Ron !

You enlightened us earlier about the difference between a metallic and metallic appearance..

Going to change the title of the thread accordingly  :)
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« Reply #106 on: October 29, 2009, 11:17:58 pm »

Here's my piece of Bronzite again with the metallic looking flaky texture.  You can see the flakes in your piece also George.  I have only see enstatite as a mineral specimen, but there is quite a difference between the way the three forms look.  Hypersthene has really small flakes that are more like barbs and it kinda resembles shiny lead.

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« Reply #107 on: October 29, 2009, 11:20:57 pm »

Now if i can only get a trim saw blade to work, I might try cabbing a piece.  I will have to go back and check the thread where Ron or someone talked about banging saw blades near the edge to make them cut again.  George, do you remember where that was posted?

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« Reply #108 on: October 30, 2009, 01:22:20 am »

Now if i can only get a trim saw blade to work, I might try cabbing a piece.  I will have to go back and check the thread where Ron or someone talked about banging saw blades near the edge to make them cut again.  George, do you remember where that was posted?

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I think you are taking about a post by Tony within a blade thread I started.



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« Reply #109 on: October 30, 2009, 07:22:47 am »

Thanks George, that's what i wanted.  Not exactly sure what i am supposed to do, but i will go bang my trim saw blades so maybe i can cut out some preforms.

Today is my every other Friday off, thank God.  We all hate the every other long 5 day weeks.  So i have a 3 day weekend.  The wife is finishing the kid's costumes for Halloween, she makes them all each year.  This year they are really cool.  I'll get a pic later. She is incredibly talented when it comes to art quilts, fabric arts, sewing, etc. 

I want to do a little cabbing and decide if i need a new entry for the cab contest or if what i cabbed last week is fine.

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« Reply #110 on: October 30, 2009, 08:11:09 am »

I don't mean to put Tony on the spot, but am pretty sure he would not mind me letting ya know..

He offered, although I never did send my bad slab saw blade to him for repairing..

I bet if you dropped him a PM you could work something out with him..

He mentioned being pretty good at getting these back in shape !
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« Reply #111 on: October 30, 2009, 08:17:38 am »

I should do that.  I have a $275 DP/MKxxx blade that I bent the first week i had it.  Not sure that my trim saw blades are worth repairing.  Ya know those little suckers cost more than the green blades i use in my 14" slab saw.  DP uses a 1" diameter hole so that no one else will make blades for the Genie Trim Saw attachment.  OK, off to the basement.

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« Reply #112 on: October 15, 2010, 12:02:08 am »

OK, I found pics of my slabs.  I have no idea where the slabs are, but i got the pics.  The stuff is called Ferro-Actinolite.  Must be an Iron mineral and its magnetic.  The slabs  are translucent green, similar to the look of the Serpentine with Chromite.  So here's the pics of another metallic slab.

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Mark.. Do you know where the Ferro-Actinolite is from ?
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« Reply #113 on: October 15, 2010, 06:33:42 pm »

I thought that it was from WA state, maybe in your backyard.
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« Reply #114 on: October 15, 2010, 08:34:07 pm »

I found a site that said.. Astor, Shigar Valley Pakistan..

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« Reply #115 on: December 08, 2010, 10:01:55 am »

Just had to respond cuz this is my forte.....I love this material!!!!


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« Reply #116 on: December 08, 2010, 10:39:19 am »

Very nice looking material. I would love to get a piece of that. Do you know of anyone that is selling it or where it comes from?
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« Reply #117 on: December 08, 2010, 10:43:03 am »

Very nice looking material. I would love to get a piece of that. Do you know of anyone that is selling it or where it comes from?
Absolutely! I do. :)
johnelec36@yahoo.com
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« Reply #118 on: December 08, 2010, 12:14:41 pm »

You beat me over here Melissa !

I just posted this pic of the slablets you sent me for help with the ID.

One that is not in this pic looks identical to your pic above. Holding it in my hand, it is somewhat similar to these below except it has obvious Azurite in it. Along with the copper. If it is the same as your pic above then my guess for that is copper complex with Azurite. One of those odd Chrysocolla mixes.

These other three below show Malachite instead of Azurite. Same guess though.. Malachite / copper complex in ?? .. An off the wall Chrysocolla mix ??

I read Marks comment on your intro thread too..

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« Reply #119 on: December 08, 2010, 12:16:10 pm »

Looks like the whole mineral family got together in those slabs.  Maybe some cuprite, tenorite, malachite, quartz and copper
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