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General Discussion / Re: lamberts
« on: November 11, 2019, 04:03:03 PM »
Up until recently I have had no problems with Lamberts, but I sent some Aquarmarine away to be cut back in August 2018 and still haven't recieved them back, I have contacted Lamberts several times and they have informed me on the last occasion that the stones had been cut and they were ready to be posted, but had misplaced my address, that was a month ago.   I also sent a pile of sapphires away in March and received them back in early May taking them only six weeks to cut and return.  Has anybody had any problems with them like I am having with my Aquamarine crystals, they were decent size stones and good quality.

Ooops it didn't see the date of the first post Steveo. ::) hotthirsty

K-dizzy, I live in the land that everybody forgot,  I'm on the FAR South Coast at Merimbula, there is a small group of us that go out fairly regularly.  I have been fossicking down here for over 10 years, there is not suppose to be any gems in this area, but I have found Amethyst, Thundereggs, Garnets, Petrified wood, Jasper, Chalcydny, Epidote, Rock crystal, Agate and Smokey Quartz.  There is suppose to be a reef of Rose Quartz on a property near Wyndham, but I have not ventured out there yet.  Have a look on my Picture Gallery and you will be able to see s ome of my local finds.


General Discussion / Re: lamberts
« on: August 07, 2019, 01:45:56 PM »
Yes Lamberts are usually  pretty quick, but I sent stones away November 2018 and have still not received them.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Moulding Gold
« on: June 24, 2019, 08:57:25 PM »
Thanks Flash, I will give your method a go beers

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Moulding Gold
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:55:18 PM »
Thanks everyone, I have tried the gold bar suggestion, but will have a go with the heated cuttle fish bone.  What did you heat the cuttle fish in.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Moulding Gold
« on: June 23, 2019, 04:16:20 PM »
Hi Learned friends, I am attempting to pore molten gold into a mould to make a ring up have been unsuccessful.  I have attempted Cuttle fish moulds, clay mould and sand moulding with no success, can anybody give me some hints on how I can successfully produce a ring.  I have  previously had success with using Cuttle fish bone to mould stirling silver, but gold doesn't want to play the game. ???

General Discussion / Re: lamberts
« on: June 18, 2019, 08:01:32 PM »
I have the same problem Swirly, I sent an enquiry to them about a month ago and they informed me that they are still operating, but are six months behind in their cutting as they have lost a lot of cutters to other industry and and finding it hard to replace them, they assured me that they still had my samples and  will get to them asap

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cuttle fish bone
« on: June 03, 2019, 08:35:27 PM »
Thanks guys, we get it on the beach's down here on South Coast of NSW, yep and I have tried to pieces sanded down level and then join together, that works, thanks everybody. beers

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cuttle fish bone
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:16:09 PM »
Thanks Ghost who walks, I have tried my local pet shop, and yes your right it is a bit thicker than the usual pet variety, but I have purchased the larger ones before, but the fella I use to buy them off has gone to that great fossicking field in the sky.  Anyhow Ill keep trying. beers

Ask a "Silly" Question / Cuttle fish bone
« on: May 31, 2019, 10:55:33 AM »
Hi all, I am trying to buy some large cuttle fish bone for moulding silver and gold, would anybody know where I could purchase this  product, it would have to be about 1.5 to 2cm thick.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Metal Detectors
« on: April 28, 2019, 11:39:32 AM »
Thanks Mouse, yes it is not as easy as prospecting, but these young fella's want to start at the top.  Any how once I tell him the prices of the good ones he might not be soon keen and come out with his father in law and look for gems.  I suggested the Minelab Gold Monster 1000, which is under $1k and thought it might be a start for him, his mother lives in Bendigo, so he'd be able to go the Miners Den.
Once again thanks
and happy fossicking beers

Ask a "Silly" Question / Metal Detectors
« on: April 27, 2019, 05:30:18 PM »
Hi guys, just wondering whether anybody can recommend an entry level metal detector, I have a son in law, that wants to get into serious gold detecting and was seeking my advise.   I told him it was too hard and he would be better off looking for gem stones,  any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Cabbing and More / Re: Help needed cutting boulder opal please
« on: April 11, 2019, 08:59:05 AM »
Hi, Lockie I have a bit of experience and most boulder opal I have cut only has the opal for a couple of millimetres on the surface of the iron stone or host rock, what I usually do is slice off the opal layer with about 5mm of the host rock, I then shape it with my diamond wheels probably 400 and 600 grit.  I then use my dremel to even up the opal surface using a split mandrel with 400 wet and dry paper incerted and finally I use a tin oxide cloth wheel to polish the final stone.  This has worked for me, but I am only a novice been doing it for about ten years and there are a lot more experienced people on this sight than me, so they will have a different way of doing it to me.   The other thing I do is cut down to a seem, so if I see a line of opal through the host rock, I grind down the iron stone with a 240 grit diamond wheel until I hit the colour, then I work around the seem until I expose it. :)

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cooking Matrix Opal
« on: April 06, 2019, 04:20:00 PM »

 beers the fellow i purchased it off said, that he either places it in cooking oil or light machine oil and heats it in the oil for four hours or the other way he does it is to put it in a tin full of sugar and heat it until the sugar burns and this apparently gives him good results.  He comes from up near Winton and said that he learnt this off some of the old timers.  I was just curious as to whether anybody else had heard of this process, as the only one I had heard of up to now is the sulphuric Acid and sugar.  I'm going to give the oil a go this week and see what results I get.
Thanks for the info mate, cheers

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