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Ask a "Silly" Question / Visiting New England NSW
« on: October 07, 2010, 08:37:24 PM »
Hi folks Im off to Broad Beach for a week and then intending to do some fossicking, can aybody tell me whether there is anywhere to look west of the Gold Coast.  Also I have friends in Bingara NSW that Im visiting, I have been told it is a good spot to find rhodonite, can anybody give me clues on where to find it.

Regards   Tinker

Fossicking Locations / Re: Ewingar info
« on: September 19, 2010, 08:53:44 PM »
Hey capn you forgot about the ticks as well, some biggens up in that are.

Jewellery Talk / Re: Exhaust System
« on: September 19, 2010, 08:49:47 PM »
I agree with Andrew, as long as your work station(ie soldering,pickling area ) has a reasonable air flow you are safe.  Also if you use a fan over your soldering area the fan draws the heat away from what you are working on and can be costly especially if you are making gold jewellery.

Jewellery Talk / Re: Silver Smithy
« on: July 14, 2010, 10:20:23 PM »
Hi Captain,

    I have just completed a three year silver smithing course a book that I can recommend is "Complete Metalsmith" by Tim McCreigh, it tells you step by step on all facits of smithing, I have used it as a reference from day one and it is a must have for silver smithing (It is a bit exy but worth it if your going to get serious.   Another handy book is "Two books in One Jewelry" by Madeline Coles, this book gives you ideas projects and techniques to adapt to suit your own designs, this book is another handy reference.

Good Luck


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: Tumbarumba Region
« on: July 03, 2010, 05:19:13 PM »
Hi, Michael I have found Zircons, Small Blue Sapphires and reasonable size party sapphires at Paddys River just out of Tumbarumba.  The site is near a camping area prior to crossing the river about 15 kilometres SE of Tumba on the Tooma Rd. Also found some small specks of ruby in Ruby Creek on same road, had to dry sieve here though, nothing was worth keeping though.

 A bit cold up there at the moment though  brrr.

Good hunting

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Re: Using a flat Lap
« on: July 01, 2010, 09:51:21 PM »
Thanks Guys for the ideas, I will have a go at the old carpets, mehoose do you know what grit they used.

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Re: Rhodonite
« on: July 01, 2010, 04:17:53 PM »
I use mine to make pendants and rings, think they look better in small pieces than the large spheres.

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Using a flat Lap
« on: July 01, 2010, 09:11:05 AM »
Hi all,
        I have just became the benefactor of a 10" Steel Lap Machine,  although I have been cabbing for many years, I have never used a flat lap.  What I intend to do with this machine is to polish slices of agate, jasper etc.   I know someone on the forum can answer this question, do I apply the grits to to steel lap with water or do in need to purchase grit discs to polish.



How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Re: Rhodonite
« on: July 01, 2010, 09:07:47 AM »
Possibly need about 300 to 500grams.

How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Re: Rhodonite
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:01:59 PM »
Hi rugger I'm looking for rough for cabbing


How to post Pictures & other FAQ / Rhodonite
« on: June 23, 2010, 06:03:51 PM »
Hi all I am only new to this site first message.  I am desperatly looking for some Rhodonite for cutting and polishing, can anybody give me some Ideas where I can purchase a quantity of rough from.  Have tried all my usual suppliers but they are out of stock at the moment.



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