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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Estwing rock pick
« on: May 03, 2019, 04:20:55 PM »
This is the short handled mattock I find invaluable when fossicking, a lot cheaper than an Estwing.

https://www.bunnings.com.au/hart-680g-1-5lb-mattock-pick_p3360364

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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Estwing rock pick
« on: May 02, 2019, 05:32:57 PM »
Hi Lyn, it depends on what you want to do. I have a mattock for working harder ground and a short handled lightweight mattock for tighter areas. I also have a geo pick but admit, I don't use that a great deal these days, the light mattock I find better to use. Mine is from Bunnings if memory serves me correct, the Estwing ones are a bit harder to find here and hence expensive to buy online and get posted.

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Fossicking Locations / Re: Fossicking contacts for Bellata
« on: May 02, 2019, 05:29:04 PM »
To my knowledge, the quarry at Bellata is out of bounds, most of the fossicking is done on the side of the roads int he area, wherever new work is done is better. Apparently the old caravan park manager was quite helpful, however that has long since closed. There are some here that go there more regularly than I, hopefully they may be able to help you out.

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Trip Talk / Re: Heading to Gemtree & Harts Range
« on: April 23, 2019, 08:46:34 AM »
Glad to hear you had a reasonable trip Jamo. Always nice to hear about others trips. Sounds like I'll have to make a detour into there next time I'm through the centre. Hope you can at least get some of the photos off your phone.

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General Discussion / Re: Joke of the Day
« on: April 16, 2019, 07:33:56 PM »
Good timing for that one!

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General Discussion / Re: faceting
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:27:43 PM »
Thanks for that Leah, now that I know that I'll be in contact, I'm assuming that it's financially suitable to get them re-surfaced. I did enjoy using it before I damaged it.

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General Discussion / Re: faceting
« on: March 29, 2019, 12:49:33 PM »
Swirly I may as well throw my two bobs worth. I facet a lot of quartz and to date, haven't had a problem. I use a pewter lap with white cerium oxide exclusively. I too have a Facetron that does slow down, although I've never measured the actual speed, I use it on the slowest possible setting. Pre polish is done with a very well worn 1200 lap only. Whilst I know that others use 3000 or even 8000 for pre polish, I find this old lap works for me. I have used a dark side lap with good results, again with cerium oxide, but after I accidentally dropped the quill on it and lightly gouged it, I seem to get really light scratches when using it now.

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Cabbing and More / Re: vibrating plate polishing material
« on: March 17, 2019, 03:16:09 PM »
I think those blankets are a type of felt, they should work a treat.

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Saws and Diamond Blades / Re: Buying a slab saw
« on: February 26, 2019, 05:48:49 PM »
Welcome Maria. Not sure if you've checked out the host of this forum but if you haven't thismay be worth a look: https://www.aussiesapphire.com.au/sawing/saws
Failing that, try and find a lapidary club in your area, they may be able to help you decide.

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Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hi All
« on: February 24, 2019, 10:35:41 AM »
Welcome to the forum, kindu. There is a lot of accrued knowledge here, so any question should be answered as quickly as possible. Your next step would be to join a lapidary club. They will generally have the equipment and knowledge to help you polish anything you find and help you find it. Not sure if you have one in Merimbula, but I notice that Canberra, Ulladulla and Batemans Bay all have one, I know they are a drive from you, but then anything is a bit of a drive from you I suppose. While I don't have a lot of fossicking experience in your area, someone here will I'm sure.

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Trip Talk / Re: Swipers gully
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:24:42 AM »
If the pieces you have are of a champagne colour, they are more than likely citrine/pale smokey quartz. It would be rare to find that colour topaz anywhere that I'm aware of in that area. Not saying it's not, just would be unusual. I've seen some really nice pieces of citrine (my favourite) from Stanthorpe and intend to make it a stop when passing through in the near future.

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General Discussion / Re: Lambert Industries Thailand
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:17:40 PM »
They have always been on the slower side, the stones I sent took close to 4 months. August is a bit long though, they return them via registered post normally so try contacting them to see if they have been sent yet.

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Cabbing and More / Re: Gemmasta Gem Grinder
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:10:20 PM »
I see what you mean, haven't seen one like that before. From the quick look I've now had, it would appear that you do have some control for grinding the dome of the cabochon rather than using your own hands to guide the dop stick. Have you thought about contacting Gemmasta to see if they can give some advise. I know Shellap have shut down in Adelaide, but maybe Gemcuts (the new owners) could help you out.

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Cabbing and More / Re: Gemmasta Gem Grinder
« on: February 04, 2019, 10:38:59 AM »
Other than the motor burning out, the bearings are pretty well the only other thing that can go wrong with a grinder. If the wheels and arbor turn freely with no play, it should be OK. Even if they are shot, they can be replaced relatively easily.

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Cabbing and More / Re: Gemmasta Gem Grinder
« on: February 01, 2019, 06:14:41 PM »
I haven't used one of the grinders myself, but the club has a couple of Gemmasta saws and faceting machines, they are robust and operate well. I would imagine that the grinders would be of the same caliber.

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