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Gemstone Faceting / Gemmasta hand piece errors
« on: April 05, 2021, 07:24:18 PM »
I've got inconsistent rotation errors(small most people wouldn't notice them) occurring on my GF4. After testing I am convinced it is being caused by the three bearing balls in the hand piece. Does anyone know what size they? Maybe they have gone out of round, I've always kept it well lubed.
Perhaps I am better off trying to find a Hall Extra is forsale ?  I really would like decent bearings the handpiece and looks a bit hard to modify the gemmasta and still be able to change the index wheel.

Forum Announcements & Rules / Forum layout changes
« on: April 02, 2021, 07:54:20 PM »
I've been making some changes to the forum, you probably all have noticed. I have just changed the Gallery main layout to remove all the right side bars and increase the recent item and comment items to 12 items each. Feedback on changes made, changes you would like to see to make the forum more usable would be great. If you don't like my changes let me know. I am trying to make it as user friendly as possible whilst increasing the level of interaction regarding images in the gallery.

Gemstone Discussions / Gemboree 2021 Hobart
« on: April 02, 2021, 06:28:20 PM »
I've just created a new image folder for "Gemshows and Events" in the Gallery and put a heap of photos into it. If any are too blurry comment Delete on them and I will remove. It is a case of quantity and sometimes not quality as many of the photos were take through display case glass.
It was a beautiful sunny day, good turn out, covid distancing was completely ignored so hopefully the mainlands didn't contaminate us.
Photos should keep you busy for a bit Mehoose!. Did I buy anything? ,not a thing, some how 4+ hours rapidly disappeared just chatting with everyone. Meet a few people and had a really enjoyable arvo. I was going to buy some rough but prices were many multiples of the prices I've been paying online.Hopefully those here that couldn't make it enjoy the photos, pity the order seems to have shuffled a bit on the upload.And congrats Frank on your success !!;cat=87

Gemstone Faceting / Faceting machine saws
« on: March 07, 2021, 11:46:52 PM »
New thread to keep it in one place.
Hall saw posted by Rusted

Cabbing and More / Fern for a 50th birthday present
« on: March 07, 2021, 08:56:31 AM »
This is a fern cab I recently made for a friends 50th. Gee it was a bit of a struggle using my cabbing machines worn out wheels. The fern is heavily silicafied(is that a word) and really hard material work. I even had a go with using leather cord for the first time, never tied a cats paw or slip knot before but thanks to google I found some instructions to follow :)End result I really like.

Forum Announcements & Rules / ALF running on new host :)
« on: March 04, 2021, 07:23:32 PM »
The website looks to have transferred over perfectly onto the new host. I can't see any faults atm.  I would like to say a big thank you to RoughCreations and Leah(Aussie Sapphire) for all their assistance to save ALF. Without them it wouldn't have happened. I'll be making a few changes over coming weeks, the Sponsor block will be replaced with a Donations block. I have paid for hosting for the next three years and once the Donation block is made I am going to link it to a paypal account and hopefully if everyone throws is a small amount it will cover yearly domain registration cost and the hosting cost when it comes due again.The new hosting is largely unlimited so I have added some images as it is nice to see recent and random images without having to check the gallery.I am going to look at new themes and work to make the site mobile friendly. Everyone, don't be shy to give feedback regarding any changes we make.It has been a very busy few days and a massive learning curve for me.

Gemstone Faceting / Tell him he's dreamin
« on: December 30, 2020, 08:50:29 PM »
Sorry quote from the Castle was the first thing that came to mind when I noticed this not so gemmy gemmasta. Nice water tank :). If you were is Alice it might be worth a couple of hundred, then refubish. Just hope a newbie doesn't buy it.

Gemstone Faceting / My book volume 3
« on: December 13, 2020, 02:13:40 PM »
If any forum members are interested, like the first two volumes I will offer my new book at a lower price to the forum(only members with Australian addresses)  for a short period of time.
My webpage has been updated if you would like to see the renderings for Volume 3 designs, contents page and back cover  etc.

Send me a PM if you are interested.


General Discussion / Gemboree 2021 - Fossicking
« on: November 12, 2020, 04:23:18 PM »
Hi all,
Anyone coming to Tassie for the Gemboree?, perhaps I could run some fossicking trips for ALF members :) 2021 will be held at Hobart Show Grounds, Glenorchy from 2nd to 5th April 2021.

Gemstone Faceting / Perception Eye Design
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:50:31 AM »
Hi all,
My new eye design 'Perception' is available to download in the free designs section on my webpage. Remember when cutting, it will darken rough so I recommend cutting in lightly saturate materials especially at lower RI. I cut this in spinel and in my opinion the material was slightly too dark for the design and the finished stone would look far more impressive in lighter material. I am really hopeful it should be really nice in clear topaz and pretty awesome in something like clear cz. Many of you will be tempted but imo it is not suited for quartz.
Download at

I hope everyone enjoys it, it is the result of quite a bit work :)

General Discussion / Fires
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:47:46 PM »
Hope all you mainlanders are safe and well. Looking like more dangerous fires in Victoria atm.
Stay safe.

Gemstone Faceting / MB concave build
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:28:30 PM »
Here's a couple of pics of where I'm at with the build atm.
Need to pull the collet holder off and shorten shaft.I'm planning on using my gemmasta faceting head and modding to lockup the pivot.

Forum Announcements & Rules / Login "Banned" Error
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:24:32 PM »
Hi All,
I was just banned again.  ;D So if it happens to you when you try and login. Delete all stored cookies for the forum and restart your browser. This fixed it for me with firefox.

For Sale or Swap / Faceting Designs Book
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:14:49 PM »
I have been meaning to post about my new book for awhile. Steveo just noticed a rendering in the gallery of one of the designs.  I have only recently finish the book, it is available on Amazon and being kindly promoted in the US by Hashnu Gemstones. I also have some free designs available on the Hashnu webpage. anyone is interested in Australia I am currently about to get more copies printed in Australia to sell locally at a cheaper price(without high international postage). The book has been a labor of love so to speak. A lot of work, a way of sharing my best designs, and a great achievement to finish.
I am currently working on my webpage and hopefully will have that up and running soon.  If anyone is interested in the book send me a PM.

Saws and Diamond Blades / Cutting glass bottles
« on: June 01, 2019, 08:27:50 AM »
Just noticed this on ebay, they targeted me with it in an email  ::) .
Looks like score and break, bet it is not easy. Someone on here was cutting bottles, so I thought I'd post it.

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