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: LMAO-but would the flavor be there....
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jakesrocks: Flavor ? Rabbit raisin stew ? Of course the flavor will be there.
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Fossilman: Country flavor......LOL
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rockpickerforever: If you add enough chili peppers, just about anything is edible! 'Course, it helps if you ain't too fussy...
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Fossilman: Jean-Habaneros and Manzanos..........Thumbs up
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Don: kimchi makes everything better
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mr.mohs: I ate Satay...it tasted real good !
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Fossilman: Don,rotten cabbage??!!
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Fossilman: I'm not much on Korean food...
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mr.mohs: I'm real big on cabbage & chili--but don't care for rotten cabbage... what I mean is a bed of cabbage, dressed w/oil & vinegar, topped with a meaty beany chili chili...mmmmmgood™
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Don: it's not rotten, it's fermented! sour, spicy, fishy, sweet, so good to eat
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jakesrocks: Bleh !! Worked for a Korean once. Tried his home made kimchi. Never again.
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