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Trip Talk / Fossil and Mineral Museum at Bathurst
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:12:09 AM »
Just back from a trip to Bathurst and Oberon to visit family.  We did take the opportunity to visit the Fossil/Mineral Museum in Bathurst - a very good display.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: australian made Cabbing machines
« on: March 21, 2021, 04:13:08 PM »
I stand corrected.. there's ProCabber, they from Ballina and of course you have the Gemmasta brand from SA.

Gemcuts from Ballina now make the Gemmasta machines - Shell-Lap sold out to them a while back.

Dont think they have the faceting machines up and going yet but making some cabbing machines.

Lortone make machines but we (and everyone else) have been having lots of trouble getting stock out of any USA suppliers - covid has hit them very hard over there.


Fossicking Locations / Re: Areas now Closed in Nth NSW..
« on: March 19, 2021, 09:50:45 AM »
There has been a meeting between local gem clubs and Adam Marshall (MP) to discuss this issue recently.

A post about it on the Glen Innes Mineral and Gem Club facebook page.


For Sale or Swap / Re: Moderate
« on: March 11, 2021, 09:50:03 AM »
AussieSapphire, there is an account awaiting activation the looks dodgy and ip address is from Russia. Do you active ones like this or flag them for the spam filter.

Generally Russian (or similar - Ukraine is also bad) origin would be a red flag.  Notoriously bad for spam and have never had a genuine member from there.  So would not be real keen to activate on that basis.


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: ALF running on new host :)
« on: March 07, 2021, 02:31:24 PM »
That's the one. Should be easy to build just need to make some cad files. I'm going to be making one for my Gemmasta and another for RoughCreations facetron. Should be pretty similar. I think Gemmasta used to sell one but I have not seen it.

Facetron used to sell a saw adaptor for their faceting machines.  Was just two finely machines plates to hold a saw blade between and secured by the lap nut.  Worked well for certain types of trimming but were expensive for what they were (just two flat discs).

Would be a reasonably easy DIY job I think.


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: ALF running on new host :)
« on: March 06, 2021, 07:40:36 PM »
Looking good Makky.  All working fine for me now.


Gemstone Faceting / Re: Jewelers spectacle magnifiers
« on: March 03, 2021, 07:28:21 AM »
Had a grid on it with 0.1mm squares, lines of 0.03mm and circles down to 100um. No idea what a um was, but it sure was small.

um (or actually SI symbol: μm) is micron.  And yes - it is very small.
 1 micron is 0.001 mm.


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: CLOSURE OF ALF
« on: March 01, 2021, 02:11:28 PM »
I think last year was quieter as a lot of people found it hard to get out.  I did note that posting had dropped but didn't know that was because of something a newer moderator did!?

No change in moderation policy since the forum started.  Perhaps you are right that where people are not getting out, there is less to talk about.


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: CLOSURE OF ALF
« on: March 01, 2021, 07:18:54 AM »
Why wouldn't the running costs be a Tax Deduction ???? After all isn't it part of Australian Lapidary Supplies ?   


Yes it is a tax deduction but that does not mean zero cost.  And we can no longer justify that cost.
Plus other considerations (eg. time, stress of keeping the forum running, etc) also cost.

But doing everything we can to help Makky take over if at all possible.

Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: CLOSURE OF ALF
« on: February 28, 2021, 04:47:31 PM »
Currently talking to MakkyBrown on the possibility of transferring it to someone who can spend more time on the forum. 

Please contact him if you can assist in any way (financially or with other assistance).


Forum Announcements & Rules / CLOSURE OF ALF
« on: February 28, 2021, 06:53:53 AM »
It is with great regret that we have to announce that we intend to close the Aussie Lapidary Forum.

Unfortunately, increased costs of hosting have forced this decision on us - last year's increase was significant but another very hefty increase again this year means it is just not economical for us to continue to offer this service.

We started the forum in November 2008 - it has been a great 12 years of discussion and fellowship.  We have been happy to absorb all of the costs associated with the forum since its inception as part of giving back to the fossicking and lapidary community.  Unfortunately, we now feel that a large part of the discussion that was happening on ALF has moved over to various Facebook Groups and the increased costs of running the forum are too high to continue to offer the service to a lower number of regular users.

We send our thanks to all of the forum members that have participated and contributed to ALF - particularly the moderators who have assisted us over the years.  We really appreciate all of your input and I am sure that we will be seeing many of your familiar names at other groups somewhere out there on the web.

If you would like to save any of your photos or posts, now is the time.  Our hosting runs out VERY soon and we will not be renewing so if there is anything you want to save, do it ASAP.

This announcement applies to the forum only - Aussie Sapphire is still going strong.  Although we are struggling with supply of stock from overseas due to covid issues, we are working to overcome these issues and are busy as ever.  We have just in the last 6 months brought in our youngest son Angus as an active member of the business and intend to stick around as a major supplier to the lapidary community for years to come.  Our business facebook page is active and we participate in a number of relevant Facebook Groups where appropriate.  So while we are sorry to see the end of this forum, we will see you round the traps.

Thank you and best wishes from Aussie Sapphire
(Andrew, Leah, Angus and the rest of the team)

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Stone Cutting
« on: February 12, 2021, 10:58:03 AM »
Does anyone know of a Robert Cook at or near Glen Innes who cuts gems commercially?

sending PM

Saws and Diamond Blades / Re: Buying a saw: comparison videos
« on: November 03, 2020, 02:07:09 PM »
Thank you.

Our spam protection keeps most of it out but some do still slip through.

For some reason, this topic is the one they always post in.

Moderators will remove anything untoward but if you see something that should not be there, please report and someone will take care of it very quickly.


Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Boulder Opal/Yowah Nuts HELP
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:06:33 AM »
You could google Opticon fracture sealer and see if that will do what you want. I read the instructions but found them unclear.

Apologies for posting a product link but if you go to the listing here and click on the small pdf icon just below the product photo, there is a document we have posted describing how to use Opticon in a bit more relevant way for lapidary.

Might be helpful??


« on: September 17, 2020, 07:04:19 AM »
I'm putting it all together so I can post it in a new thread. probably about six posts one after another with pictures and drawings included.

Great info - thanks for posting.


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