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Cabbing and More / Re: Stabilising / filling with sodium silicate
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:34:05 PM »
try star bond thin you can find it on the net

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cooking Matrix Opal
« on: April 13, 2019, 11:19:35 AM »
The matrix from Queensland is called fairy opal matrix much different than the matrix from Andamooka,the rainbow matrix from Andamooka is Similar to the fairy matrix,the fairy opal can be cooked in olive oil then heated or cooked in olive oil then heated to around 400c to turn the matrix black, cut the stones to a pre polish the same as the Andamooka matrix cook in olive oil a crock pot is great for this it has hi and low setting, after cooking the fairy opal in olive oil cook the fairy opal in a kiln or wrap it in foil and place it on hot coles to cook the olive oil and turn the stone black.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Opal suppliers?
« on: February 20, 2019, 08:31:38 AM »
Not all Andamooka opal needs to be cooked, Andamooka has some of the best opal around and it has many types of opal.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Opal suppliers?
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:56:12 AM »
I dont know why you are not intrested in Andamooka opal as it is some of the very best.

General Discussion / Re: First specimen
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:17:59 AM »
I did the same trick with the kangaroo agate to my wife out noodling one day but just ask her to pick it up not pop it in her mouth, she is now my EX wife, she dident see the funny side of it, No sense of humour.

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Opalfever in Vienna
« on: March 05, 2018, 11:01:32 PM »
Hello again opaltales Andamooka has many diferent types of opal if you serch on the net for Andamooka opal, matrix and rainbow matrix opal you will see just some types, there are many others even opal in agate but not many people get to see some of thease, good luck with your opal fever.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Opalized Wood
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:48:38 PM »
there are some opalised wood that comes from Andamooka most does not have color but there are some pieces that are full of color but I wood not cut it better left to look at but thats me, if you can find some it would not be cheap.

There are many ways of treating Andamooka matrix but the stronger the acid the better but take care its nasty stuff always Neutralize the stones with bicarb after, the rainbow matrix can be cooked in sugar then by heat, cut the stones first.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Cowell Black Jade
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:25:02 PM »
Hello Doug I think I can help you out with some black jade from Cowell, drop me an email.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Pandurra...south australia
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:33:51 AM »
Sorry Wallie have been flat out, there are places all over to find agate around Andamooka and also Stuart Creek, I haven't found any real nice ones around Andamooka yet but some nice ones at Stuart Creek opal field as you go in from Andamooka across from the large rock formation some other strange things going on there as well?.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Pandurra...south australia
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:32:27 PM »
Hello Wallie I have had a quick look around the area but only found fragments would like to get back there for a better look, ask at the home stead they may be able to help.

Tips and Gadgets / Re: Opal Mining Bogger
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:28:12 PM »
Hello Richo are you using a ransom crawler for main body or what are you using as main part of the machine?.

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Doctor said it's Opal Fever!
« on: November 12, 2015, 10:43:29 PM »
Welcome  Yayeeaah there is no cure for opal fever sorry, have lots of fun.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: some assistance required
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:59:37 AM »
You could always join a gem club to use there equipment and learn a lot from the members until you can get cutting machines of your own.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Rough opal
« on: July 16, 2015, 03:26:59 PM »
Water is always best to use when cutting opal, some forms of opal are porous and need to be treated with sugar and acid so you don't want oil getting into the pores of the stone.

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