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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #45 on: September 26, 2012, 08:17:24 AM »
You nice little stone can be tumbled and made into jewellery Tina.

Just keep them all until you have enough, and watch for a tumbler going cheap online or at a show and you are all set. I brought mine through our gem club from a retiring member so that is always an option too.

You can get both tumbling and vibrating tumblers; the vibrator is faster but some people prefer the barrel tumbling action and longer time for better results - might make a good discussion topic - except I am sure it has already been done here at ALF in the past.
If you search tumblers or tumbling up top you will find the relevant posts.
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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #46 on: September 26, 2012, 09:11:50 AM »
Im tumbling my small agates ,trying to get enough to make the side of an island kitchen bench-like tiles so to speak i have a fair bit to go .Ill post pics of my next batch to come out only has a couple of days to go there agate ck agate then the next one after that is prenite,then amethyst castle amethyst if you need some tips with tumblers i have both and i think ive just about perfected it.If you have the money its worth having both ,drum type is good for rough rounding and the vibratory good for finishing.There are a few posts that will help in the forum also.

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #47 on: September 26, 2012, 05:36:27 PM »
I realise the agates I've posted pictures of aren't overly impressive, especially size-wise (only a few cm's long) but I thought I'd share them because the Chinchilla region doesn't seem to be overly well known as an agate fossicking location.  Any suggestions on what to do with the little chips I'm finding?

Tina, the little orangey-red pieces are called carnelian,  the yellowish piece is called sard! They are all chalcedony!  The colourless stone is probably a piece of rock crystal (quartz)!
Very few stones can be positively ID`d from a photograph!
Agate is banded chalcedony!


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toppster

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #48 on: September 27, 2012, 11:11:45 AM »
Here is the agate i tumbled from my recent trip to agate ck 3 weeks to get them to this plus all the pre-grinding but they came out good.

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #49 on: September 27, 2012, 12:32:34 PM »
They do look good toppster!
Yes, they would make very nice tiles on a table top! Would love to see that!

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #50 on: September 27, 2012, 02:17:15 PM »
Toppster they look fantastic!  How long did it take to snag that lot?  I hope to get in to Agate Creek soon now that retirement is looming ever closer.  How hard is it getting into there and finding the stones?

Any info would be appreciated

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #51 on: September 27, 2012, 07:02:08 PM »
Some really standout pieces in that lot,  Droo
Keep em comin!!!

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #52 on: September 27, 2012, 09:21:39 PM »
Wow, those agates look amazing!!! I bet the table top will look fantastic :)

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #53 on: September 27, 2012, 09:31:32 PM »
Thanks for the ID Rockman, it's really helpful :) 

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #54 on: September 27, 2012, 09:58:40 PM »
I would love to get a tumbler and a saw but I'm putting it off for the timebeing... I'm waiting until I have a place to call my own and then I can have my own workshop :)

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #55 on: November 09, 2012, 08:17:10 AM »
Nice collection of agates Toppster- now my son has been transferred to Chinchilla, looks like I will get out there next year with a bit of luck - yahoo!!!
Looking forward to seeing a pic of that bench when you finish it- seems we all like like to surround ourselves with rocks and the like at home and in the shed. ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #56 on: November 09, 2012, 10:56:24 AM »
Nice collection of agates Toppster.  I reall like the green/red one in the bottom right hand corner.  :)
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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #57 on: November 09, 2012, 10:03:43 PM »
Nice collection of agates Toppster- now my son has been transferred to Chinchilla, looks like I will get out there next year with a bit of luck - yahoo!!!
Looking forward to seeing a pic of that bench when you finish it- seems we all like like to surround ourselves with rocks and the like at home and in the shed. ;D ;D ;D
Chookie there is also some great petrified wood around the Chinchilla area ... don't forget to look for that too
Baaa humbug, not enough fossicking time!

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Re: Finds in the Chinchilla Region
« Reply #58 on: November 10, 2012, 03:20:30 PM »
I will call for  mudmaps before I go up next year- my son just started there this week.
Happy Fossicking from Chookie

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