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.
Fossilman: As seen the blast zone on the maps they show,if and when Yellowstone blows is a southern zone,the east and west will suffer some,but not as bad as the southern states...About like Mount St. Helen did...
Aug 26, 2014 13:26:26 GMT -5
Shotgunner: meh.. unless it's truly cataclysmic and the sky darkens so long food wont grow...
Aug 26, 2014 15:29:33 GMT -5
Shotgunner: amanda1982 welcome to the sight. You walk with giants here and there is tons of reading to do. Get to work!
Aug 26, 2014 15:30:05 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Ed's probably right, SoCal will be underwater by then. Global warming, ya know? My understanding on the ash cloud, it'll come full circle around the plant in no time at all. Just move to Montana now for a front row seat, and get it over with!
Aug 26, 2014 16:35:37 GMT -5
amanda1982: Wow been browsing and there is soooo much info. Now to figure out where to start and which machine to purchase. I wish I had a store close to go and look at the products. Online can be overwhelming sometimes
Aug 26, 2014 17:04:02 GMT -5
mr.mohs: amanda1982 be sure to post an introduction and your question in the VISITOR & GUEST section. I'm sure RTH will be one stop source of invaluable info
Aug 26, 2014 20:46:37 GMT -5
mr.mohs: I was jus think that super volcano would be such cataclysmic advent on the earth vunerable area would slide into the sea
Aug 26, 2014 20:48:02 GMT -5
nowyo: Probably not, Ed, the faults in CA aren't working that way. SoCal will continue it's slow march to the NW and become an offshore chain of islands in oh, 20 or 30 million years. If/when Yellowstone caldera blows we'll have time to say "oh s$#@.
Aug 26, 2014 22:12:02 GMT -5
mr.mohs: so if that sucker blows... none of us will be around to gloat : see I told you so?
Aug 27, 2014 1:02:50 GMT -5
arago: Hey Jugglerguy, I just followed your directions and am washing my rocks (for the first time ever!)in Dawn. Next comes the Borax...
Aug 27, 2014 20:34:48 GMT -5
arago: Wait, what? Did I just jump into a super volcano blow in Yellowstone and a tectonic drift discussion? [pours another glass of Cabernet...]
Aug 27, 2014 20:37:03 GMT -5
arago: Like I said, newb is trying to wash off the residue from his first tumbler run.
Aug 27, 2014 20:38:28 GMT -5
arago: Back to the discussion.
Aug 27, 2014 20:38:44 GMT -5
Fossilman: amanda1982....Go to Kingsley North.com,they are full of goodies and its a one stop store for all your tumbling and hounding needs...
Aug 28, 2014 8:54:45 GMT -5
catmandewe: The volcano at yellowstone finally blew?
Aug 28, 2014 15:29:49 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Tony, if it did, I think you'd already know about it... Maybe next week.
Aug 28, 2014 15:47:51 GMT -5
Fossilman: Na',it just farted......That place has been burpin' for years though...I think we are lucky it has...
Aug 28, 2014 17:07:55 GMT -5
Fossilman: Would love to see what's underneath that place!!!!!!
Aug 28, 2014 17:08:34 GMT -5
nowyo: Just bought an 18 inch Highland Park saw tonight. Oh, woe is me. What will be the next fix for this junkie?
Aug 28, 2014 23:26:20 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Oh, you got it bad, Russ. Do you get the DTs when you don't get out and cut rocks on a regular basis? Not the worst thing in world. I have shown great self restraint, 10" HP trim saw largest I have. It makes for a good excuse, can't saw those big rocks.
Aug 29, 2014 0:44:13 GMT -5