Hi All, I've always had a interest in rocks picking up stones here and there but never doing much about it. About a month and a half ago I got my hands on a bunch of Idaho Star Garnets which put me over the edge. I had to see if I could make something out of these so I bought a Lortone 45C rock tumbler. Four weeks later and going threw the usual grit process I put them in for polishing. Well they got all messed up because I thought the plastic pellets was a suggestion and didn't use any. 48 hours later when I check the polish they were looking like crap. I'm impatient so I then bought a UV-10 to speed things up. Put them in the vib with 120 grit to clean up the mess for two days, then pre-polish for two days then AO polish for 5 days with the results shown in the pics. Large ceramic was added in all stages to keep up the volume and burnising between stages and 4 hours after polish.
Well, it is good that you are now into tumbling! Those are pretty and the more you experiment with different rocks, the better you get! Quartz items like that garnet have a tendency of fracturing easy and undercutting so you did very well the first attempt! Looking forward to seeing your next tumbles! Fran
rockpickerforever: Almost wished you a happy birthday today, Mike Fossilman. It was the other fossilman, Don, active a long time ago (2007). I remember this confusion last year. Your BD is the day after mine.
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mr.mohs: ah thanks Cath! actually this as been a mild summertime blues
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Shotgunner: when I toured the Asahi beer factory the tour girl kept saying "fill-ti-lation" and it took a few moments to realize she was saying filtration!! Adorable she was!!
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Terry664: I have been away for a few years don't recognize anyone in here
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Fossilman: A lot of new people in here Terry..........Welcome back.
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rockpickerforever: Hi Diane!! Long time no see! Whatcha been up to? Trouble, no doubt, lol.
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rockpickerforever: Ugh, have a filthy, dirty truck to wash. Maybe if I wash it, it'll rain? I can only hope. Going to swap meet tomorrow, wish me luck!
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Rockhobbit: Good morning peeps! Hope ya'll have a great day!!
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rockin12thman: Hello all, I'm a rookie rockhound in Western Washington. If anyone has knowledge of prospecting sites in my neck of the woods, I'm all ears. lol I would love to find a geode!! Have a great day and happy hunting.
Jul 20, 2014 12:36:59 GMT -5
Fossilman: Lots of Washington people on here.....Welcome aboard....
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thehp: Hello - the hp ( new guy to this board )Is there a preferred thread for introductions to the community, or dos folks just jump in when they have a question / comment / etc ?
Jul 20, 2014 17:17:06 GMT -5
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1nickthegreek: Good morning RTH'ers!!!!!!!!
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bonnielou: Very central new jersey. Enjoyed viewing rock/minerals pic that i could actually id as have same.
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drocknut: Just stopped by to say hello.
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