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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.

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.

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.

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:
Failing that, try and find a lapidary club in your area, they may be able to help you decide.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

General Discussion / Re: 403 errors
« on: February 01, 2019, 06:12:11 PM »
You old Spammer you!

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Can anyone identify this stone for me?
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:04:23 AM »
Welcome to the forum triptamean. Not the normal welcome though and with some explanation you might understand the reception. Over the years we have all seen fossicking areas closed off to us by the deeds of some that are not as innocent as you, in other words deliberate over collection for either personal or monetary gain. As a lot (including myself) are quite passionate about the hobby it is upsetting to see another area closed to us. Unfortunately there are a lot of different government departments that seem to be keen on closing these areas, mines departments, aboriginal lands departments, national parks and state forest authorities and some of the political parties themselves and it appears that some don't need a lot of ammunition to start another war against us. What you need to understand is that national parks particularly are no go areas for anything other than walking in and taking photos of, no digging, removal of anything (flora, fauna or inanimate material), even driving in them (4wd) can be banned or restricted. Even fishing is outlawed. This is usually outlined in some signage at the entrance to a national park.

Anyway, I agree that the stone you found is most likely chalcedony lining a hollow in the stone. Chalcedony can come in more solid forms and can produce a lovely gemstone when cut and polished. Yours is too thin for that and is a nice specimen only. I would suggest that if you're interested in furthering your interest, find your local lapidary club and join, they are usually a wealth of information and most have the equipment and knowledge to cut and polish anything you may find.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Math Formula
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:02:06 AM »
Not really sure why you want to reverse the formula, a specific design doesn't limit you to a specific sized finished stone. While the formula may give you the volume of the finished stone, each stone could be a different size anyway.

Trip Talk / Re: Heading to Gemtree & Harts Range
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:56:53 AM »
Thanks guys.

"Gory Details" Bucket. I think you have fossicking mixed up with your previous life. Although I will fill you in... or is that what you do after you come across the gory details :)

Actually I expect I'll see you before you go anyway, I will be coming up to check out the Gemkhana at Warrigul, might I see you there?

Trip Talk / Re: Heading to Gemtree & Harts Range
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:34:39 PM »
Good luck with the trip Jamo, I expect to hear all the gory details next time I see you!

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