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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Magnetic toppers for Master laps
« on: February 20, 2020, 06:17:40 PM »
Yep, that's the same as me Lowjiber, never used anything else other than the securing nut.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Magnetic toppers for Master laps
« on: February 19, 2020, 06:26:27 PM »
I actually haven't used a magnetic one, but was of the belief that the magnetic surface is already attached to the topper, if you have purchased one. This just means that you need a steel master lap as opposed to an aluminium one. I stand to be corrected on that one though.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Can you name and roughly appraise these gems?
« on: February 13, 2020, 02:02:03 PM »
Know what most of them are and value range .... but seen this type of first post from a new member before ... fishing for some potential sales me thinks!?  ;)
Surely not Fullarton! Is there people like that out there? How has the move gone mate?

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: February 08, 2020, 06:37:26 PM »
My preference when cabbing is the red/brown but the club is now using the green, which I've found OK, just doesn't seem to stick quite as well as the red/brown.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Can you name and roughly appraise these gems?
« on: February 07, 2020, 09:00:21 AM »
Welcome to the forum VP1. Positive stone identification is nigh on impossible through photos only, there are many things to take into consideration such as location or area found. To define what a stone is there are also tests such as refractive index, specific gravity and hardness. These can be carried out by amateurs but they take time and need to test the actual stone, also not all amateurs have the equipment to carry out such tests. Positive ID is needed before anyone can put a figure on how much they could be marketed for. They would be worth more cut and polished, but most of these appear to be stones that would need to be faceted to show them to their best, a time consuming and potentially costly exercise if you're paying someone else to do this. I doubt if you could sell them for enough to make your costs back. Having said all that, I agree with Rusted and his visual guesses. Keep in mind that the clear ones could also be clear quartz, the pink ones could be morganite and the blue/green crystals could be tourmaline or beryl. Bottom line, they need to be seen and more questions asked before definitive ID can be made.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: February 06, 2020, 08:55:49 AM »
Now that you've mentioned cabbing, Tinker, I had some sealing wax left over from my working days and tried it on wooden dops at the club, it behaved completely different to the wax the club has (currently green, was then a reddish/brown). Again it was brittle and didn't hold the stone particularly well. The best way to describe it is that the cabbing wax seemed to have more 'stick' and while the cabbing wax sets firmly, it also seems to have a little flexibility and doesn't crack as easily, not as brittle.

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hello from Las Vegas USA
« on: February 02, 2020, 03:55:25 PM »
Glad to see another facetor here now Lowjiber. Do you have a favourite stone for faceting?

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Dopping Stones
« on: January 29, 2020, 10:15:57 AM »
I've tried using sealing wax before tinker, not for faceting but cabbing. Not good. When it cools and solidifies it is quite brittle and will break off either the stone or dop quite easily. It also has a lower melting point so even if you could keep the stone on the dop, it may melt a little and allow movement in the stone. I've only used wax once or twice, I'm a lot happier with two part epoxy, it holds well and doesn't move. To remove the stone I wrap the stone in a damp cloth and heat the brass dop until it drops off. Using my fingernail I then remove any epoxy still on the stone while it's warm. The bulk of the epoxy seems to remain on the dop and is easily cleaned off while the dop is warm. I haven't used Araldite, just the JB Kwik stuff that Leah and Andrew stock. I've still got some of the old Tite-on as well. Hope this helps.

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.

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