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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: February 08, 2020, 09:56:02 AM »
Yes my experience too mate, I found the red was more flexible, where green was very brittle but lasted, I threw away the red because it had that flexability, do you think I should have stayed with the red.

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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: February 03, 2020, 08:03:33 PM »
Sorry Faceting Frank, I forgot to say its is for cabbing not faceting.


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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: February 01, 2020, 12:23:30 PM »
Yes FlashGP, I have the orange flaked Shellac, so am trying it out today beers

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Fossicking Locations / Re: Wee Jasper
« on: January 29, 2020, 08:49:42 PM »
Sandbagger, have an uncle that has property out that way, he's been carting water for a while, so I think there is minimal water in the area, It might be safer after the fire season is over.

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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: January 29, 2020, 08:48:02 PM »
Thanks guys, I have some shellac, I might try that method.
 beers

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Ask a "Silly" Question / Dopping Stones
« on: January 28, 2020, 05:40:29 PM »
Hi, has anybody had problems with dopping using sealing wax.  I have use wax on my dopping sticks for about 15 years, but over the last twelve months, I don't know whether it is the wax, but the stones seal to the stone, but once I start working on them they drop off the stick.   Can anybody suggest what I maybe doing wrong or has anybody got a suggestion on what other median and can use to attach the stone to the dop stick.

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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.


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

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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.


Cheers   
Tinker

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. ???

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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

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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

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