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General Discussion / Re: Stanthorpe tips or general topaz fossicking help
« on: January 23, 2020, 04:04:02 PM »
Welcome Jeff, That link Jimnyjerry added has some great info, however a couple of the web links are outdated.  Here is a current one that covers that area, of note is that Swuipers Gully is closed at the moment due to logging. This one covers rules and responsibilities when fossicking.
Hope they help out, it's an area I'd love to get to as I've seen some lovely citrines coming from there.

General Discussion / Re: Joke of the Day
« on: January 01, 2020, 02:24:07 PM »
Hi Malachi, I seem to recall you're a member at Essendon, have you guys settled into your new rooms at yet?

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Possibly Silly Question from Newbie
« on: January 01, 2020, 02:19:17 PM »
Ahhh, fresh meat! Welcome to the forum Cherub, you shouldn't be disappointed with your decision, what will disappoint will be not finding enough or the particular stone that you're looking for! Of course someone famous once said "there's no such thing as a stupid question"., and that is so true. The books recommended by ia1nw22 are good ones to start with but I also agree with Rusted about the clubs. Depending on where you are located, there MAY be one closer than you think. Here is a link to find some of the many clubs in Australia, there are more that are not affiliated with AFLACCA.

General Discussion / Re: Joke of the Day
« on: December 27, 2019, 06:58:25 PM »
Hey Malachi, when did you stop believing? If you don't believe you don't receive! If you believe too much you end up being Santa!

Forum Announcements & Rules / Christmas
« on: December 19, 2019, 09:19:46 AM »
AS it's a very busy period for myself and most likely, everyone else, I'd like to take the time to wish everyone on the ALF a very merry Christmas and a great New Year. My thoughts are with those that are in the fire affected areas, keep safe. The same with all that are baking in the mainland heat at the moment, remember to rest frequently, drink regularly and keep out of the direct sun, if at all possible. For those that are fossicking, don't forget it's supposed to be fun and I wish you all the luck in the world and may the fossicking gods shine on you!

Tips, Gadgets & Brag Board. / Re: is it cheating
« on: November 21, 2019, 06:56:59 PM »
Definitely not cheating, I'd love to see this work though, have heard of t but never seen it in operation, I remain open minded. With what you quoted about your finds though, it seems to have worked!

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Changing Machines, loves and regrets
« on: October 31, 2019, 06:44:55 PM »
Personally I use a Facetron which I bought new a few years ago. Great machine but if you didn't like not having a 1/10th of degree on the Imahashi, you'll be in the same boat with the Facetron, although you can approximate it fairly accurately. Not sure where you'll need to go other than the VJ. I've only used older Gemmastas so I think their nice solid machines but not quite up to the Facetron.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: please advise on lap choice
« on: October 21, 2019, 10:14:35 AM »
Thanks Giel, but let's face it, what's not to like? We are a friendly bunch.

General Discussion / Re: Help in identifying lapidary equipment
« on: October 03, 2019, 02:48:35 PM »
AlanMc, welcome to the forum. A VJ would be an expensive start for you. An excellent machine but a big payout particularly if you purchased new. GemMastas have been around for a long time and are fully rebuildable if required and can be converted to 12 volt if needed. The other stuff looks OK and I agree with the others insofar as count of replacing the grinding wheels with diamond rather than silicon carbide. Rusted has a good point with the spare parts for the Gemmasta, make sure it has spare dops, and at least a 96 and 64 index wheel. If it came with more, all the better. Being an older machine it may need servicing and the dops and wheels may be harder to come by. I'm not sure if they kept the same design dops throughout the years. Depending on the condition of the faceting machine I think you're on the money with your price. If they could throw in some stones as a sweetener, even better!

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hi everyone
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:51:40 PM »
Glad to see you here Faceting Frank, you'll find quite a number of members here are also in the Australian Facetors Guild, myself being one. Don't be afraid to ask questions, because there's one thing you'll get here is suggestions or direct answers.

Cabbing and More / Re: Problem with 6" Expander Wheel
« on: September 02, 2019, 02:50:18 PM »
Rusted, that is another possibility, nothing lasts forever!

Cabbing and More / Re: Problem with 6" Expander Wheel
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:35:26 PM »
Sounds like you may have a belt that's a little large for the wheel. Our club has experienced what you describe before and it turns out that not all belts are exactly the same size. I would suggest some are made for metric wheels, some are for imperial. A difference of a couple of mill will make a difference.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: facet cutting speed
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:35:31 PM »
Not sure if you'd need a more powerful motor than the 120 watt one. I suppose it depends on what your cutting and how fast you want to cut. I notice that in the latest 'Facet talk',  Horst Ricker is quoted as replacing a motor in a Hall 2000 with a 120 watt 12 volt motor. Horst as you know is a gun with this sort of thing and if it's good enough for him, I would suggest that it should be OK. As far as the speed goes, I would suggest that the slower one should be OK. Gemcuts in NSW are apparently converting GF4 and GF5s to 12 volt, might be worth giving them a ring to find out what RPM they are using.

Not sure of the area, but could it be a clear coloured quartz, maybe citrine or smoky quartz.

For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:48:48 PM »
Had a quick look at your website, well done Makky. It looks very professional and shows off your work well.

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