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xcvator
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From: A Wide Brown Land
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10 May 2019 10:11 pm

What to dop with ? So far I've read that I should use wax, epoxy, epoxy mixed with talcum powder, among other things and super glue, so what to use ?
Dop sticks would be wood smile

Where to buy stone/stones/slabs for cabbing, nothing fancy or gem quality of course, just various types and colours to learn on. There are lots on ebay of course, but who is reputable, is there anywhere local ( Aust ) that won't rip me off .
I'm hoping to get to the gem fields in Qld in about 5 or 6 weeks, can you get them there ?
cheers Keith

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LoneWolf
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From: Gold Coast, QLD
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10 May 2019 10:24 pm

Gem Shows, Local Lapidary club, Gumtree, Local Week-end Markets and sometimes Landscaping Supplies or Ebay (use Paypal to pay and any issues you get a refund) are good places to start or at least some of these people might be able to guide you to someone else who has some... I have quite a few slabs here, but they are too thin for Cabbing as I use them in my tables... If you want, send me a PM with your location and I can tell you if any shows are coming up in your area... Even some of your local creeks have interesting rocks that you can cab with surprising results.... If I get to Gemorama, I will be seeing a mate at Inverell and can get some off him to get you started if you want....

LW....

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xcvator
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10 May 2019 10:32 pm

Thanks LW, I'm on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic.

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LoneWolf
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10 May 2019 10:45 pm

Their Gem show is on 31 August to 1 September 2019... And here is a link to the Frankston Lapidary Club... http://www.frankstonlapidaryclub.com/ a very good place to make friends and learn lots of things about Lapidary....
If I find any more I will let you know as these things are on several different websites.... And the footy's on... Lol...
Maybe here.... https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attracti … toria.html
Your local markets says that there are stall holders there too that sell rocks and minerals... Just spend a few $(under say, $5) to get you started... some may even give you some small bits if you strike up a friendship with them... big_smile Most in the 'Trade' are helpful to someone new starting out...

LW...

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Dihusky
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17 May 2019 04:52 pm

For dopping we use lapidary wax, the green stuff on timber dowel. Buy a variety of diameters from Bunnings and cut them into 100mm long sticks. You'll find wax to be the easiest once you get the knack of using it, prime the stone with shellac for a good bond. Wax is much easier to get off and you don't need the strength of epoxy or superglue unless you're faceting.

Spirit lamp with an upturned, vented can to warm the stone, think our can is from a 440 gram tin of Tomatos, anyway you'll get the drift.

Once you've finished the stone and want to get the dop off, put it in the freezer for 15-20mins and the stone will pretty much fall off and your dop only needs a touch up with wax for the next stone.

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Manpa
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17 May 2019 04:59 pm

Dihusky, I have used shellac for woodworking, flake and denatured alcohol to make both a sealer and polish dependent on mix, how do you use it to prime your stones?


One of these days Ma!

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Dihusky
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17 May 2019 05:24 pm

Stuff I use is the Feast Watson Mastertouch French Polish only because bags of Shellac are so damn large, I decant into a little dropper bottle ($2 shop) couple of drops onto the dopping area and then flame off just before dopping, sticks like hell! Use it for both Cabbing and Faceting, I've never had a stone come off. The 250ml bottle lasts an eternity zzz

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Manpa
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17 May 2019 05:25 pm

Dihusky wrote:

Stuff I use is the Feast Watson Mastertouch French Polish only because bags of Shellac are so damn large, I decant into a little dropper bottle ($2 shop) couple of drops onto the dopping area and then flame off just before dopping, sticks like hell! Use it for both Cabbing and Faceting, I've never had a stone come off. The 250ml bottle lasts an eternity zzz

Thanks for that thumbsup


One of these days Ma!

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LoneWolf
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17 May 2019 09:07 pm

You are going to have to give me lessons in dopping Dihusky...... ops smile

LW....


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Dihusky
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17 May 2019 11:44 pm

Any time mate smile

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