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.
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drocknut: Glad you and Don fared well, Ed.
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wampidy: Scott, there are thousands in the Ukraine that want to get the hell out of Dodge because they do not like gun fights in the streets. Men count is low for some reason too. Just be careful what you wish for and be aware of scammers.
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wampidy: Gotta watch out for all the immigrants that hate immigrants on every corner here too. Good side is these ladies look like most of the original immigrants that aren't immigrants.
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mr.mohs: my best friend married a woman from Russia...he blamed me...mostly
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