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#1201

kiwiturtle
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11 August 2019 05:09 am

Gilly47 wrote:

I like those display clasps,, in our place, if the stones were perfect, they would not be in our place

That's very true... cool

#1202

Martyz
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24 August 2019 12:48 pm

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Thought I would try something a little harder. The rough blue sapphire I found was about 1ct. Due to an internal stained crack I cabbed it down to about 1/4 ct by hand using diamond plates. Just have to work on my final polish.

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#1203

Martyz
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24 August 2019 01:45 pm

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For anyone who is trying to polish or cab stones by hand, I came across these diamond plates on eBay. I bought 7 of them graded from 150 - 3000 grit for a total of about $42 delivered. Being diamond they work on anything up to sapphire. I can achieve what would be a pretty good pre-polish, I just need to figure out how to do a finish polish and I’ll be set.

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#1204

Wally69
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24 August 2019 03:52 pm

Nice one Martyz

Try Some self adhesive foam matting and felt from Bunnings with 8,000 and then 50,000 diamond paste
.... or ....leather and diamond paste

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#1205

Martyz
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24 August 2019 06:31 pm

Cheers Wally. I’ll give those ideas a shot.

#1206

Sodabowski
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26 August 2019 01:53 am

Heyyy waitaminit there mateyyy. Do these work witth a Dremel? I had asked one of the suppliers years ago if they would make small grinding wheels for Dremels in an asortment of grits, they didn't at the time. Care to give me more info pretty please?

[EDIT] "plates", dumb me... want the info anyway!

Martyz wrote:

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For anyone who is trying to polish or cab stones by hand, I came across these diamond plates on eBay. I bought 7 of them graded from 150 - 3000 grit for a total of about $42 delivered. Being diamond they work on anything up to sapphire. I can achieve what would be a pretty good pre-polish, I just need to figure out how to do a finish polish and I’ll be set.

Last edited by Sodabowski (26 August 2019 01:59 am)


Thomas

#1207

Martyz
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26 August 2019 09:21 am

Hi Sodabowski, I reckon that if you dopped your stone onto something you could place in the dremel chuck then operated it at low speed you could produce round cabs using these diamond plates.
Failing that you could buy some of the diamond plates and see if you could get them laser cut into small circles that could be mounted on a dremel. Then you might have a little cabbing wheel. I’m just trying to use non-mechanised methods at the moment.

#1208

Martyz
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26 August 2019 09:25 am

Just google diamond plate and get into ebay where you will find an assortment. I just thought I would trial some cheap ones first. I will get some more of the 3000 grit because polishing wears them out.

#1209

Prooz
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03 September 2019 01:11 pm

Not a gem stone but a bit of glass found in the gold fields, I had a bit of fun with. Some air bubbles showing up in the glass, but it was good practice.
Cheers

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#1210

Pat Hogen
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03 September 2019 01:20 pm

Fair enough too!


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#1211

Martyz
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03 September 2019 01:50 pm

One man’s trash is another man’s Treasure. Lovely bit of recycling there Prooz. clap

#1212

Eluvial
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03 September 2019 05:05 pm

That's awesome mate.. Nice work.. perfect gemstone


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#1213

Sodabowski
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03 September 2019 06:47 pm

Beerite at its finest perfect


Thomas

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#1214

Dihusky
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03 September 2019 08:22 pm

Stunning piece of work clap

#1215

Rockhunter62
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03 September 2019 08:44 pm

Now you can take it back to Western Creek and release the butterfly Pete. Well done mate. thumbsup

Cheers

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#1216

Gilly47
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03 September 2019 10:18 pm

well done, looks good
perfect


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#1217

Prooz
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04 September 2019 09:21 am

Thanks all, for the replies. Haha thanks Doug, I'll be heading back out next Tuesday.

Cheers to all, Prooz.


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#1218

Wally69
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04 September 2019 10:05 am

Nice job Prooz cool

Just as well you are heading back out, all you need now is to find an old silver crown with a bullet hole in it to use as a setting for your butterfly

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#1219

Prooz
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04 September 2019 12:41 pm

Haha thanks wally, but will be concentrating on the gold! but if something like that should come up, I'll keep it!

Cheers

PS there was a very old coin found out there last week. You never know.

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#1220

Jaros
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04 September 2019 12:48 pm

That butterfly is wonderful -great work.
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#1221

Prooz
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04 September 2019 01:23 pm

Thanks Jaros, It's not perfect but I'm pretty happy with it for a bit of glass.

Note, it's not my design I can't take credit for the design.

Cheers Prooz.


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#1222

tailormarc
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04 September 2019 03:41 pm

wow ! Love it!

#1223

Martyz
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20 September 2019 12:01 pm

I’ve never been that into opal but I discovered the joy of it this week when I shaped and polished a few bits of rough I had in my Dad’s box. It’s wonderful stuff to work by hand.
Very hard to photograph.
The free form shapes pretty much maximised what I could get out of what I had and the colours out in the sun are amazing.
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#1224

LoneWolf
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20 September 2019 12:09 pm

Very nice Martyz, they would look really nice in the Sun.... Opal is quite easy to work with, but makes a hell of a mess... thumbsup

LW....


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#1225

goody2shoes
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20 September 2019 12:13 pm

I have two or three nice Opal's..

Hard to get a dissent picture of them tho..

I have been cleaning up a small bucket of opal chip's..

Got small glass bottles with cork top to place the opal Chip In to..

Goody

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