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
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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: LOL. The bad pain comes tomorrow when the tacos start coming out the other end.
Apr 23, 2015 22:51:40 GMT -5
mr.mohs: Old El Paso///en su mayoría™
Apr 23, 2015 23:18:56 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: What kind of tacos you eating, Don? Or are you referring to the hot sauce? Supposed to follow up hot stuff with ice cream. (C'moooooon, ice cream! )
Apr 24, 2015 9:22:55 GMT -5
Fossilman: Must have been some Habanero involved!!!! LOL
Apr 24, 2015 9:52:22 GMT -5
drocknut: Maybe he is too busy feeling the pain today yikes. Hope everything comes out alright for ya Don.
Apr 24, 2015 10:19:55 GMT -5
jakesrocks: LOL, had to get Jake to bring me a pencil so I could finish the paperwork. Had a big bowl of orange sherbet last night. Didn't help much. No Old El Paso stuff for me Ed. Real home made salsa with lots of jalapenos.
Apr 24, 2015 11:48:02 GMT -5
Fossilman: OMG me arden los ojos!!! Don....LOL
Apr 24, 2015 14:15:09 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Hey Ed, I used a red pencil, just in case.
Apr 24, 2015 14:17:39 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Hey Mike, just scored a killer chunk of gem dino bone, and a face polished hunk of pet wood from the Boron Dry Lake, Ca. area to add to my Boron collection.
Apr 24, 2015 14:19:48 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Hey Mike, no arden los ojos. More like Mi culo se quema. LOL
Apr 24, 2015 14:55:33 GMT -5
mr.mohs: glutmus Fuego ! chili today- hot tamale
Apr 24, 2015 15:09:31 GMT -5
Fossilman: Is it Mexican food week-I made Tijiuana crock pot pie the othe day......................But it's all right,everything came out ok!!!!!!!!!! LMAO
Apr 24, 2015 18:50:10 GMT -5
Fossilman: Don,did ya' post the dino bone and wood yet or is it coming in the mail?
Apr 24, 2015 18:51:01 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Hey Mike, I posted a link to the bone on the Theropod vs Sauropod thread. Just bought the danged things this morning. Probably be Tuesday or Wednesday before they get here.
Apr 24, 2015 21:09:11 GMT -5