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#26

LoneWolf
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15 September 2016 03:27 pm

Ouch..... I felt that from here... hmm Yes I know what you mean... I call them 'Bunny Hops" lol

As for the Fluorite, I will dig some out and try to take a pic or two.... glasses

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#27

Gemhunter
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31 August 2017 12:41 pm

Great stone lefty turned out awsome thumbsup

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Lefty
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31 August 2017 02:41 pm

Cheers mate. I think Rockhound had it set in a pendant for his mum.

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Gilly47
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31 August 2017 08:53 pm

WoW!!!! that cut stone is SO GOOD

ray thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup


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01 September 2017 07:55 am

Cheers Ray. It's probably one of the nicest stones from there that I have faceted, though a Lowmead smoky I cut for another forum member turned out really nice as well. It was actually not straight smoky, it had a slight citrine tint to it which looked really good. I have some Lowmead smoky crystals that would probably facet 10,20 or 30 carat stones but they are nicely formed crystal specimens so I don;t want to cut them up.

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01 September 2017 08:18 am

Sounds like you know what your doing I'd love to learn faceting but it's not so easy for an unemployed 17 year old to get a faceting machine haha

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01 September 2017 10:18 am

Gemhunter wrote:

Sounds like you know what your doing I'd love to learn faceting but it's not so easy for an unemployed 17 year old to get a faceting machine haha

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But you can join a Gem Club and learn to facet on the machines there for a fraction of the price. thumbsup


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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01 September 2017 10:26 am

Wow really sounds great is there one in Central Queensland like Gladstone maybe

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01 September 2017 11:49 am

Here we go big_smile
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link to site
http://www.lapidaryworld.com/gladstone_ … neral_club


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

#35

Gemhunter
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01 September 2017 01:18 pm

Awsome thanks for that mate

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#36

Lefty
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01 September 2017 01:34 pm

Vic and John are/were the faceting teachers at the Gladstone club. Vic gave me the six or eight faceting lessons that started me off doing what has become a serious hobby.

Joan and Di can teach you to cabochon and make jewellery.

It's well worth it if you're really keen to learn Gemhunter. The club has a well set up workshop, heaps of cabbing wheels, rock saws and flat laps for polishing slabs/halved rocks, a number of faceting machines and jewellery making area with all the tools.

Remember to turn up wearing closed in shoes - no thongs or you won't be allowed to use the machines smile

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01 September 2017 01:42 pm

Sounds great I'm definitely keen to learn I would love to have a nice little cut gem that I done myself I haven't heard much about cabochon and would you get the eye lenses to look at the gems and the sticks to hold them there? smile

#38

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01 September 2017 02:16 pm

Cabochon cutting is probably how most people begin lapidary. I wouldn't say it's any less skilled but the equipment and approach are less complex. You attach a piece of stone (usually bigger than you typical faceting stone) to a simple dop stick such as a piece of wooden dowel, usually using wax (some people just hold it in their fingers but I usually use a dop stick). The stone is shaped entirely by hand and eye against a water-cooled grinding wheel, then you smooth it through a number of progressively finer grits on wheels or discs and finally polish it, typically on a buff made from felt or some similar material, usually with one of the oxide polishes such as tin oxide or cerium oxide. Other oxides or diamond polish are sometimes used as well but tin and cerium are the most common.

Cabochons are usually cut from gem materials that are opaque or translucent and cannot be faceted to full effect. Agate and chalcedonies such as carnelian and chrysophrase make beautiful cabochons but a wide variety of materials are suitable - petrified wood is often what you will be given as a beginner.

Here's a tiger eye cabochon I cut from a very nice piece of material I was given.

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would you get the eye lenses to look at the gems and the sticks to hold them there?

The eye lenses are called "loupes" (pronounced: loops) and there are both hand held types and types that you wear on your head like a big pair of glasses. Yes, they will have both loupes and the gem grabber sticks at the club.

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01 September 2017 02:31 pm

Thanks heaps for info I can't wait to go and join sounds like cabochon is the way to go for starting out I have some chalcedonie and carnelian agate down in tassie that I found in the bay that I fish at down there I can't wait to start learning lapidary and the tigers eye looks great

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02 September 2017 12:38 am

To gemhunter,

Robyn and I joined the local club in Campbelltown nsw and they are a GREAT bunch of people, willing to help and teach us the correct way,

ray


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02 September 2017 07:45 am

Awsome cheers gilly sounds like they are grest places to learn and meet people


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