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Gemstone Discussions / Just for Fun - Rock Crossword
« on: November 14, 2008, 07:19:05 PM »
came across this today while looking for something else entirely.

Thought it might be of interest - click the link to see full size and clues:

Rock Crossword

cheers Leah (Aussie Sapphire)

Tumblers and Media / Re: Are Two Barrel Tumblers better/Why?
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:50:22 AM »
There are a few things to consider when choosing a tumbler.

1.  Intended Usage
If you're polishing metal (such as jewellery, brass, gun cartridges, etc), you can usually work with one barrel and most people find the smaller size adequate unless they are doing large amounts.  Need to keep metals separate but this will normally be the case anyway.

If you're polishing rocks, you'll be going through a staged set of grinding/polishing processes and it is in this case that most people find the double barrel type more convenient.

This way you can have one lot grinding in one barrel while another lot is polishing in the other - speeds the process up.  Also, you need to be very careful with cleaning out the barrels when moving to a finer grit to avoid scratching the rocks. For this reason, some people keep the grinding and polishing barrels separate so there is no chance of a stray coarse grit particle contaminating your polish stage.

2.  Size of Barrel
There is an optimum amount of material which should be placed in the barrel - for rock tumbling it will generally be around 2/3 full.  So the size of tumbler chosen will depend on how much material you will generally be working with at any one time.

Most people start with a standard 3 pound barrel type tumbler - for the lortone, this is about a 10cm diameter/10cm depth cylinder.  If your rocks are larger than can fit in this or the size of load is larger, then you'll need to move to a larger barrel type.

hope this helps,
Andrew - Aussie Sapphire

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / How to I choose/change my avatar
« on: November 12, 2008, 04:25:04 PM »
An avatar is a small image or photograph which is linked to your membership profile.  These are displayed when people view your publicly available profile information (some information you may choose to keep private) and in the box on the left of any message that you post on the boards.

Avatars are used by members to express something about themselves – the image can be anything you want as long as it is meaningful to you.

You can choose from one of the avatars provided, link to a file elsewhere on the internet or upload one of your own images.  Images should be small (suggest around 80 to 100 pixels square) and in one of the popular formats (gif, jpg, png).

You may choose or change your avatar at any time.  Simply go to your profile and select "Forum Profile Information" which is the second option in the Modify Profile menu box.  You will see three options - the first is to choose an existing image from the folders stored on our server (select a folder to browse), the second is to provide a link to an image that already exists elsewhere on the internet, or thirdly, you can upload a file from your own computer. 

Save your changes and your new avatar will now display on the summary page of your profile and next to any messages you post.

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Feedback and Suggestions
« on: November 12, 2008, 04:15:42 PM »
Use this thread to give us feedback, report problems or make suggestions on how to improve the site.

Aussie Lapidary Forum is only new but we have big plans to make it great so please help us by letting us know what you want.

cheers from admin

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Adding Images - other methods
« on: November 12, 2008, 04:11:43 PM »
We encourage everyone to use the Gallery for adding images as this gives you more features - ie. comments, keywords, categorisation, etc.

However, there are 2 other ways to add pictures to your posts.

a)   use Image Shack or Photobucket image hosting services - these store your images and you need to use the forum/bulletin board code supplied to add them to your posts.


b)  simply add them as an attachment to your post when composing your message.  This is a very simple method but does make it a bit harder for other members to see your photos once the post drops down the list over time.

When using Method B) - just click the Additional Options button at the bottom of the text entry box - this allows you to directly upload a file and attach it to your post.  The size limit is smaller for this method compared to using the Gallery.

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Adding Photographs to the Gallery
« on: November 12, 2008, 04:02:28 PM »
Use the Gallery feature to store your photographs is an easy way to store and access your images.  See below for instructions.

1  click on the Gallery button on the top menu bar.
2. choose a gallery to post your image - new categories can be added on request
3.  click the "Add Picture" button under the gallery box
4.  enter the details and upload your picture

IMPORTANT:   photographs are limited in size to maximum of 1200 pixels width or length.  We recommend keeping your photos around 800 pixels or less in width as this saves on horizontal scrolling.

NOTE:   new photos need to be approved by moderators so they wont show up straight away.  This helps us keep the spammers away but we'll get them up on display as soon as possible.

All photos in the gallery will be displayed in the Random Image box on the left so everyone can see them.  Use the BB code to insert a thumbnail in your posts.

Any queries - just ask.

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