I have been trying to get a final polish on a batch of fluorite. Using my little vibrating tumbler, they just won't polish. Have tried both cerium oxide and tin oxide, neither have worked. Any ideas would help! Dave
The problem is that flourite is that it's too soft to tumble polish either in a vibe or rotary.
The best way I've found it to polish flourite on a buffer with a muslin wheel and ZAM. ZAM is a polish used to polish jewelry and softer stones. It's available at most rock shops and jewelry supply places.
I believe ZAM is made from Chrome oxide with a wax binder.
Rick Copeland Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan rockymountainwonders.com
God of Multiple Parallel Universes Full of Rocks and Apprentice to THE ONE.
Fluorite is difficult to polish. I finally had success by using 60% mixed ceramic media with 40% fluorite (purchased from the RockShed) in a Mini-Sonic vibe turned down to 1/4 speed. I used about 1 tablespoon of AO polish in the 4lbs. hopper. I won't be tumbling fluorite again.
jakesrocks: Not as bad today Mike. Wind's out of the south east, blowing it away from us.
Jul 4, 2015 12:28:49 GMT -5
mr.mohs: messed up ! didn't get the crock pot of pinto's started in time. always tomorrow
Jul 4, 2015 12:47:22 GMT -5
woodman: Only 94.1 now, Had watermelon on patio under the trees laying in a hammock. Life is good! Happy 4th!
Jul 4, 2015 16:05:35 GMT -5
Rockoonz: Happy Independence Day. Went up the 5 to my home town and had breakfast with a high school classmate I haven't seen in over 40 years. Just had grilled pork chops and fixins, watermelon in a bit.
Jul 4, 2015 20:01:30 GMT -5
drocknut: Well, we got cooler weather today along with some rain. Glad I don't have to work today.
Jul 5, 2015 11:17:34 GMT -5
mr.mohs: I'm OFF everyday whether I have to work or not...mostly
Jul 5, 2015 12:55:28 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Had a danged unexpected thunder storm last night, just as it was getting dark enough to haul out the heavy artillery. Had to wait until after 11:00 PM to rattle some windows. Got all of the fireworks fired off just before round 2 of the storms rolled in.
Jul 5, 2015 13:02:15 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Saved one large mortar round for midnight New Years Eve.
Jul 5, 2015 13:04:00 GMT -5
jakesrocks: A pop, a boom, about 6 more pops, a sizzling sound & lots of pretty colors.
Jul 6, 2015 14:20:16 GMT -5
mr.mohs: right on Don. Those boomers are illegal in AZ but that never stopped me...m stly
Jul 6, 2015 16:32:43 GMT -5
mr.mohs: too bad they weren't illegal in Maine
Jul 6, 2015 17:10:20 GMT -5
jakesrocks: They were illegal in California too, but I knew a Korean store owner with a back room.
Jul 6, 2015 18:46:04 GMT -5
mr.mohs: gotta love those back room booms...
Jul 6, 2015 19:32:55 GMT -5
jakesrocks: I don't know where he was getting them. Didn't care. But he was the last place that I could find that had M80's & Cherry Bombs.
Jul 6, 2015 20:53:24 GMT -5
mr.mohs: I was blowing off cherries & M80 at way to young an age. Lucky! Those are powerful. The water proof green wax fuses are deceptive. Easily gotten-- when going to Nogales--- was like going to huge swap meet.
Jul 6, 2015 21:12:46 GMT -5
Fossilman: While in Germany many moons ago-they celebrated with fireworks for the "New year"..Powerful stuff!!! M80's and all the old school stuff we seen as a kid..Nothing like an M80 under the CQ's desk,while he snoozin'!!! LMAO
Jul 7, 2015 9:43:18 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Or a cherry bomb flushed down the high school toilet.
Jul 7, 2015 11:38:15 GMT -5
mr.mohs: smok'n in the boys room
Jul 7, 2015 17:30:57 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Yum, steamed broccoli & cauliflower with jalapeno cheese dip, french fries & Cajun fried fresh Walleye for supper. Nephew spent the holiday weekend at the river & stopped by with a half dozen nice Walleye fillets today.
Jul 7, 2015 18:12:32 GMT -5