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#1

shakergt
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From: Esperance, WA
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28 June 2018 10:40 pm

I have now manned to have some cryosphase cut and have got my self a dremel for doing small cuts and polishing. I want to know if any one knows of good web sites that show a newcomer what to do when it comes to cutting shaping and cleaning up rocks and gems.

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Lefty
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29 June 2018 07:31 am

Are you going to have a go at carving shaker?

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shakergt
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29 June 2018 01:49 pm

Carving, shaping and polishing. I have some Chrysoprase I want to make into pendants

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Lefty
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29 June 2018 02:26 pm

I've never done any carving so I can't help there, sorry.

When it comes to polishing chrysoprase cabs, I've found cerium oxide on felt to be very successful, though I'm sure diamond would work well too.

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Mr Magoo
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29 June 2018 03:35 pm

Try these. I know nothing of carving.

Note the first one is only via 'The Way Back Machine'.

https://web.archive.org/web/20121220051 … arving.htm

https://www.ganoksin.com/video/agate-pendants/

https://www.ganoksin.com/?s=carving&submit Sixth one down. "Manufacturing a free form pendant."

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29 June 2018 05:29 pm

Very interesting shakergt, you must put some pictures up for us as you go. I recon some here would find this interesting as well as me.
Cheers


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shakergt
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29 June 2018 06:18 pm

Will do Wishfull. I am away for a week tomorrow so it will be some time before I get to put some photos up. I used one of these QEP tile cutter from Bunnings to cut the slab. It worked well just had to go very slow and remove something I should not to be able to cut both sides.

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if the photo does not work try this

https://www.bunnings.com.au/qep-600w-ma … w_p6654641

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29 June 2018 07:25 pm

Like that saw. Might have to get one if those. I have some tiling to do here as well. $89 ?


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Manpa
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29 June 2018 08:17 pm

Wishfull wrote:

Like that saw. Might have to get one if those. I have some tiling to do here as well. $89 ?

Wishfull, I have one of these, not a bad little tool, slow and steady and it does a reasonable job, give it a good clean when you done and it will give good service, I reckon it's cheaper now than when I bought mine 10 years ago.


One of these days Ma!

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06 July 2018 06:26 pm

Aussie Sapphire has something simular but they have modified theirs to take a larger blade and you can use them Wet... Watch out using them Dry, as the dust from some stones is very Toxic.. Any 'Quartz' type rock, Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz is Very Toxic as it is Silica... And will kill you just like Asbestos will..... Silicosis.... And Tiger Eye/Iron is another nasty as it's simular to Asbestos only more Mature, that's the best way to describe it... thumbsdown

Aussie Sapphire has some How-To guides on their Website as well as a Lapidary Forum with Plenty of info to last you for ever...

https://www.aussiesapphire.com.au/index … e382cca1a3
Their Saw comparison Video is well worth watching before you purchase... thumbsup

http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/in … tion=forum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicosis

LW.....

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06 July 2018 07:30 pm

LW that is great info there mate...Well done !


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#12

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06 July 2018 10:29 pm

From the Wikipedia page on Silicosis:

"The prevalence of silicosis led some men to grow what is called a miner's mustache, in an attempt to intercept as much dust as possible."

Who knew a mustache could perform a function? tongue

Thanks LW.


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07 July 2018 09:15 am

And will kill you just like Asbestos will..... Silicosis.

In his book of memoirs, titled "In the rough", Bill Hagan - whose family were among the original miners on the Anakie gemfields - recounts a group of miners ending up with it. I'll have to read the book again but from memory they used explosives to blast a quartz outcrop (they were not chasing sapphires) and then because they had all pooled their money it was up to each man to grab as much for himself as he could. The result was that no one wanted to miss out so no one waited for the dust cloud from the blast to disperse, they all raced into the thick cloud to gather whatever it was they were after and inhaled great quantities of pulverised silica. Apparently, some of them were dead less than six months later.

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07 July 2018 12:10 pm

Directly after using Explosives is a very Toxic time as well Lefty.... There are many Hazards in Lapidary where many are Not aware of... I just don't want to hear of Someone getting Ill from it... I have to have X-Rays every 12 months after being exposed to Asbestos back in 1988.... A silent ticking Time bomb....

LW....

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#15

shakergt
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12 July 2018 05:55 pm

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First product finished. When I can get around to it I will take it to the jeweler and get it set in a pendant. I am happy with the result and I think the bit of iron stone colouring at one end gives it some character. I have also made it a bit more symmetrical now.

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#16

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05 August 2018 11:47 am

I'm getting a bit interested in doing a bit of cabbing both at home in the cold weather but also "on the road" when on holidays. The on the road part presents some special problems, mainly size and weight. Would it be possible to buy/make/build a portable ( miniature ) cabbing set up that could be carried easily in the boot of the car or in the caravan (very small ) powered by either a cordless drill or an electric drill set up like a spit


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#17

xcvator
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08 August 2018 11:59 am

I've been thinking about this little machine https://www.aussiesapphire.com.au/index … ts_id=2517

Have any of you tried 1 of these and are they any good ?

Or maybe build my own like this http://www.everythingmaker.co/diy-homem … 0-dollars/

or this


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RockRat
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08 August 2018 03:03 pm

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This is mine, simple, made from a cheap car
polishing grinder from super cheap, variable speed,
no wiring, just make the base, mine is a bit rough,
just put it together with what i had laying around.

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#19

Gilly47
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09 August 2018 12:59 am

ya better patent that one Mr Rock,, I like it

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1 wife 1 dog and a sieve

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RockRat
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09 August 2018 11:22 am

Gilly, you obviously like the finer things in life,
velcro is your friend here. It does work really
well, water comes from a bottle hanging over
it from a stand.cheers.
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#21

Gilly47
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09 August 2018 09:53 pm

Necessity is the mother of invention


1 wife 1 dog and a sieve

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Mackka
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10 August 2018 07:56 am

Well said Gilly.
Mackka


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