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.
jenb: I get it....didnt mean the ?
Jul 24, 2015 19:57:48 GMT -5
mr.mohs: when in doubt-- shout it out! mostly™
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drocknut: Rainy day here, we need the rain but it sure puts a damper on my mood and work.
Jul 27, 2015 10:55:12 GMT -5
jakesrocks: No rain here yet. Just very high dew point. 85 & feels like 95. Rain coming again tonight.
Jul 27, 2015 13:07:17 GMT -5
Fossilman: Cool today,showers lastnite-We get 7 or 8 days of triple digits coming again,starting tomorrow!!!....Huge frown!!!
Jul 27, 2015 15:00:52 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Better come back to the Dakotas Mike. Low to mid 80's for the next week. 50% chance of a sound & light show tonight.
Jul 27, 2015 21:03:12 GMT -5
jakesrocks: WooHoo, gully washer last night. Came in around 1:00 AM. 60 + MPH winds. Got all of the siding on the house washed. Don't need to haul out the pressure washer to do it.
Jul 28, 2015 11:03:40 GMT -5
drocknut: Sun came out and it's warming up but the wind is horrible.
Jul 28, 2015 12:26:38 GMT -5
woodman: 101.2 here west of Portland right now, 1:21 pm.
Jul 30, 2015 15:23:52 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Mercy! That's not a temperature, that's a radio station! Try to stay cool, woodman.
Jul 30, 2015 15:36:03 GMT -5
woodman: now 102.1 71.3 in basement with AC running hope power don't go off!
Jul 30, 2015 15:40:23 GMT -5
woodman: I wonder what this will do to rockhounging in the aea..http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/07/owyhee_preservation_proposal_i.html#incart_river
Jul 30, 2015 16:22:44 GMT -5
snowmom: woodman hope you survived... I looked up the Owyhee proposal... input from interested parties at this stage might help form policy
Jul 31, 2015 4:43:04 GMT -5
drocknut: Looks like we're going to be in the 90s so the heat is on here too unfortunately.
Jul 31, 2015 9:06:32 GMT -5
woodman: We got up to 103.9 yesterday. Too hot for western Oregon. today will be another hot one.
Jul 31, 2015 9:18:34 GMT -5
Fossilman: Yuppers,it was 102 here in the valley in Oregon too! I HATE HOT WEATHER!!!
Jul 31, 2015 9:41:31 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Mid 80's in the Dakotas Mike.
Jul 31, 2015 10:04:29 GMT -5