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Cabbing and More / Re: Where to Buy Slabs/Rough for Cabbing
« on: July 05, 2020, 10:33:59 AM »
Your location should be handy to Tom Kapitany's place in Devon Meadows. Worth a visit for purchasing rough and if you're a member of a lapidary club, they offer a discount. They also do mail/phone order and the staff a very helpful. I don't work there but always visit when in Melbourne. Here's a link:

Saws and Diamond Blades / Re: Buying a saw: comparison videos
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:03:34 PM »
Белорусская косметика влечет покупателей высокой эффективностью, натуральным составом и низкой ценой. Основанная на натуральных компонентах, белорусская косметика приносит ощущаемые результаты. Можете глянуть косметику из Белоруссии )
For anyone interested it translates to; Belarusian cosmetics attract customers with high efficiency, natural composition and low price. Based on natural ingredients, Belarusian cosmetics bring tangible results. You can look at the cosmetics from Belarus)

Hi pito, my copy is paperback and unsigned. I think you'll find it still around. I think the reason it's out of stock on most sites is the fact that it was published in 2005.  Contacting Sir Paul or the Gold Coast club as per Jimnyjerry's advise, would be the safest way. Worth looking for though.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Topaz Tec XT6
« on: June 09, 2020, 05:17:04 PM »
I've only heard of these before, haven't actually seen one. The photos show what looks like a reasonably quality, well built machine. Looks like you've scored quite well, Dihusky.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Emerald Cuts, any tips?
« on: May 27, 2020, 05:43:41 PM »
Pretty sure Ian was talking about the cut itself, maybe not cutting emeralds, but thanks for your input.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Mogumber Amethyst
« on: April 28, 2020, 09:22:08 AM »
Here's a link to the West Australian Mines Department website. If you scroll to the bottom of the page and find 'download PDF' you can get a free electronic copy of this book which has maps and descriptions of various gemstone, minerals and metals found in W.A. I've used it a few times on my visits and found it very helpful.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Mogumber Amethyst
« on: April 26, 2020, 05:36:58 PM »
If you ever feel the need to get rid of some of your tourmaline, let me know! I know how it can just get in the way!

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Perception Eye Design
« on: April 26, 2020, 05:35:15 PM »
I'm surprised you've got an oven that goes down to 50 degrees Andrew, I just looked at ours and around 80 degrees is as low as I can get it. This particular stone had been on the dob for a few months, so curing wasn't the problem, the little garnet is now sitting with my other 'might get back to one day' pile. The larger stone (lab made blue material) has cut very nicely without too much of a problem as I was able to re-align it pretty well.

Fossicking Locations / Re: Mogumber Amethyst
« on: April 26, 2020, 01:32:42 PM »
Welcome nightspore11, unfortunately I can't find any mention of amethyst occurring or being found in that area. Could it possibly have been found elsewhere and brought there for display? You mention that it's a dark purple, most of the stuff I've seen from W.A. is paler in colour. Not to say better colour isn't found there, I just haven't seen it. There is an area in the Upper Gascoyne where a substantial amount of amethyst was mined and I have heard mention of an island in Lake Argyle in the Kimberley that has a beach 'covered' in amethyst. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. There may be locals here that can assist more.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Perception Eye Design
« on: April 23, 2020, 08:26:30 PM »
Yep all good now mate. Thought I'd sit down today and start a couple of stones I've had waiting for a while. Got through nearing the end of the pavilion, stone popped of the dop!  It's been sitting on the dop for a while, but let's face it, it does sometimes happen! Have re-doped and hopefully won't need to do to much adjustment to redo it. While waiting for the adhesive to set, started another very small garnet. I've been trying a few to see just how small I can go. This should be around 3 mm. Again, got through to near the end of the pavilion and I dropped the quill and of course, stone hit the lap and came off! Not really having a good day. I'll get over it.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Perception Eye Design
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:56:03 AM »
What a great looking design. Could you edit your post so there's a space between the / and I as it won't work as it it. Can't wait to have a go at it and thanks for sharing the design. I have your books on my present list for others to take note of.

Welcome to the forum Keith. Halls are a good machine by all accounts, that would have been my second choice when I purchased. Not sure about the lap, by gray to you mean gray metal or some other substance. If it's plastic like it could be a composite lap of some description, but without any other info, I couldn't say what. I can't even find out anything about Ron Rivers. I would suggest, if you can afford it, a set of basic new laps are a good investment.

Jimnyjerry, looks like Snowman's pages have been removed or expired, either way, no longer accessible. I loved looking through his stuff. I've used some of the maps supplied with that publication, very good!

I can't wait to get home and do a bit of faceting. I'm currently in 2 weeks quarantine courtesy of the Tas Government as I just arrived back from W.A. on Monday morning. I've also got to start packing up the house as we have purchased elsewhere and are moving in July. Rusted, what a cracker of an agate, let me know if you want to get rid of any!

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Number of wheels in a car
« on: April 06, 2020, 09:50:45 AM »
Welcome to the forum. Book wise there is one that would interest you coming from W.A. Here's a link to the PDF copy or a hard back is available for purchase.

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