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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Polishing Obsidian & Moon Stone
« on: August 01, 2011, 05:45:07 PM »
Thanks guys, I haven't check my site for a while, been scratching around the bush, I will give the finer wheel a go on the obsidian

Ask a "Silly" Question / Polishing Obsidian & Moon Stone
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:30:13 PM »
Hi fellow Lapidary people, can somebody tell me what I use as a final polish median on Obsidian and Moon Stone, I use tin oxide as a pre polish.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Gemstone Rough
« on: June 12, 2011, 08:23:33 PM »
I pick up most of my rough from Estate Auctions or Garage Sales, If I do have to purchase elsewhere, I usually buy off three suppliers that have good quality rough in Australia.  They are Australian Minerals in Mt Isa, Dazlyn Gems at Menton or Robuilt at Cranbourne, I find that the last two have a good selection of various sized rough.  I also fossick for my own stuff, but if Aussie Sapphire had the material, I would buy off them.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Identification of Specimen
« on: May 23, 2011, 05:24:44 PM »
Hi Cainozoic,
      I think you've hit the nail on the head, the dark crystals are Molybdenum and the matrix I believe could be Muscovite Mica.  Does that sound like it......

Ask a "Silly" Question / Identification of Specimen
« on: May 23, 2011, 12:29:20 PM »
Can anybody tell me what this mineral sample is, the matrix is a creamy brown colour and has a flaky consistancy like mica or gypsum, with dark crystal inclusions.

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General Discussion / Re: Fossicking Tips
« on: March 01, 2011, 06:12:56 PM »
Hey Rustyryan, we are heading upt there on Friday and coming home on Sunday, camping at Paddy's River, got a mate and his wife also that does gold detecting so will see you there.

General Discussion / Fossicking Tips
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:54:08 PM »
Hi fellow rock hunters,  I am heading up to Tumbarumba this weekend.  I usually go fossicking at Paddy's flat on the Paddys river and Ruby Creek.  Has anybody got any other suggestions on fossicking locations around Tumba.

Trip Talk / Re: Tumbarumba sapphire dig
« on: February 08, 2011, 09:37:59 AM »
Thanks for the info Mudhawk,  was up there about two years ago and found a lot of Zircons but no real keepers, also found some party/dog tooth sapphires in Paddy's River and lots of black snakes, had my son with me and his a snake handler so any snakes that bothered us he just picked up and carried away.  You said Rubyvale do you mean ruby creek, didn't have much there, also do you know any places along Adelong Creek.

Trip Talk / Re: Tumbarumba sapphire dig
« on: February 07, 2011, 06:01:48 PM »
Hi Madhawk,
         Im heading up to Tumbarumba with the family on the first weekend in March, usually camp at Paddy's River on the Tooma Road.  Then go in search of the elusive gem stones from there, would like some hints on where to go, usually fossick in Paddy's River and Ruby Creek.

Show us your latest finished product / Re: Latest Finds
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:23:07 PM »
No Findem, I haven't put them in a sealed jar,  although these samples are about 10" long x 8" wide x 6" thick so will have to find a jar big enough.   Is there anything else you can suggest I could keep them in, the person I bought them off has had the samples wrapped in newspaper for the past 15 years.  She still has about another eight specimens but not as good as these ones,  I was the only one that showed any interest in the collection and I suggested if she wanted to sell the the rest, she should have a stand at the Canberra Gem Show in June.  There are a lot of magnificent specimens, some gems I haven't heard of so what she has left (ie those I havent purchase she will take to Canberra).  ::) 8)

Show us your latest finished product / Latest Finds
« on: February 03, 2011, 08:15:28 PM »
Samples bough from deceased estate, he had a Rock and Gem Museum and had over four thousand specimens.

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For Sale, Swap or Wanted (Please Read Rules First) / Re: silver
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:22:22 AM »
Hi Dave,

       I get all my silver from A&E Metals in Sydney the have a web page and have every thing you need ,all their products and prices are displayed on their web site.  Ive found them very good and the cheapest around, you can make phone orders and they will deliver the next day.  In your search engine, type in A& E Metal Merchants and follow the links.

       Another is House of Jewellery, they have a wide range of products and a good website, but the site is hard to navigate, I usually contact them and asked to have them to send me a catalogue.

        Both these companies have offices in Sydney and Melbourne and their shops are open to the general public.



Tips and Gadgets / Re: Silversmithing discussions
« on: November 22, 2010, 04:43:14 PM »
  I have been silver smithing for about 6 years know and one book I would not be without when learning the skill is the Bible of Silversmithing: " Complete Metalsmith" by Tim McCreight  this book gives you ideas on how to start, what tools you need for Silversmithing and anything you need to know.   Another good book I found was "Two Books in One, Jewelery"  author Madeline Coles,  this book shows you projects to practice on and also the different techniques and designs that you learn with step by step instructions.   I also subscribe to an american magazine "Lapidary Journal, Jewelery Artist"  which gives you great ideas on making those gems you cut look great in jewellery.

Hope that is of some help.


General Discussion / Re: Advice Welcome
« on: November 15, 2010, 06:29:35 PM »
I agree with all of the above, I tried tumbling some boulder opal with only specks of opal in it, throw away stuff, the tumbling medium clean out the colour.  But I had lovely polished Iron Stone samples.  I use diamond wheels now to cab bouldar opal.   STAY away from the tumbler. hotthirsty

Trip Talk / Fossickers Way
« on: October 31, 2010, 02:53:44 PM »
Well just back from a long awaited trip down the fossickers way, I only have three words for it, Rain, Floods and long green grass.   Started off my trip at Broad Beach, travelled west to Canungra and checked out thunder egg caravan park, couldn't get to thunder egg mine because, the creek between us and the mine was flooded.  Travelled south, couldn't do anything at Torrington or Emmaville too much rain, check out Tigers Gap at Warialda, no petrified wood but found a lot of iron stone. Most places around Inverell/Glen Innes were closed because of the rain.  Travelled onto Bingara found the Rhodonite Mine but no Rhodonite found pieces of what I think is red jasper, continued on through Barraba, Coonabarabran stopped in at the Crystal Kingdom magnificent display of  local gem stones worth the stop.  I drooled over a few of the samples, the owners were not giving anything away to say where they had found them.  Checked a couple of places around Coonabarabran that I had been told about but after three hours of searching gave up, it was getting drier hadn't seen rain for two days.  Ending my trip at Temora where I picked up some nice samples of Temora Green Stone from a friends property.   Although the fossicking was bad still enjoyed seeing new places, try again next year. :D ??? ;)

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