Post by deb193redux on Jan 11, 2010 15:04:00 GMT -5
First, is this a type of shellyou have seen polished? Some shells will be more mostly calcium or calcium carbonate and will not polish. I have see the ones that look pearly or opalescent and I guess this will polsh - but be careful this is not a thin layer that you grind off.
Second, what did you batch look like. A small number of walnut-sized sea shells will not contact each other enough to get much abrasive action. Were there many small bits of shell or filler int he batch? A picture of the batch would be real helpful.
the shells are quhag shells, they are the hardest shells, i make wampum with them, they smoothed up real nice, used plastic pellets in the polish tumble for 8 days. last batch i did came out fine, could have been a little shinyer. did not burnish because they were really dull.
Most of the shells I do are like the one on my avatar. I just spray them with gloss paint as they do not polish. We do have a local tourist trap called the 'Shell Factory' here in Ft. Myers. The last time I went on the factory tour 20 some years ago they were using felt buffing pads and I believe tripoli polish for the big shells. You may want to try a felt buff in a dremel tool w/tripoli and see what happens.
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hi johnjsgems, thanks for the comeback, will try to find it, the shells shape up real quick, i go 7 days, then fine grit for 7 days, prepolish 7 more days, i used aluminum oxide polish, 7 days maybe i eed more time on the polish
jakesrocks: Looking Nooooo, I don't think so. He's loading as much on that 600 HP tractor as he has room for. When he's finished, I'll still have 8 or 10 buckets full to play with. Got a bunch of Tic Canyon howelite that was collected in the late 40's to early 50'
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captbob: You shoulda had a sale. I probably would have bought all the howlite you had. Nice of him to come clean it all up for you. Point him towards Florida when he leaves!
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jakesrocks: LOL, south bound & down tomorrow with a big wind turbine blade. Then back 2 more times for more blades.
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jakesrocks: Hey Bob, haven't checked my shed yet. Don't know how much howelite he left behind. & a couple buckets of T-Eggs that I forgot I had. I'll check in the morning when it's cool. (101 heat index right now. Hotter in the shed.) Maybe I can fix ya up.
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jenb: Does anyone have some good tips on identifying "slag"? I have some that I get on the beach in Michigan called Leland Blue. Sometimes it's hard to tell if it's slag or just a beach stone.....I know the pitts can help identify. Wondered if anyone has some ot
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jenb: other good tips. Thanks
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Fossilman: jenb,post photos in the ID section of the forum-you will get help there! Thumbs up...This is the BS section..
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Fossilman: Don,what kind of Thundereggs do you have? I'm interested!! Thumbs up
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jakesrocks: Hey Mike, I'm not sure. I inherited them from my old childhood rock mentor. Gonna haul them out, hose the bugs off & split a few to see what's there.
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jenb: Hey, tried to post some pics, but it says the forum is full. It won't download my attachments.......any ideas??
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jenb: I'm not the most computer savvy....maybe I'm doing something wrong..????
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jakesrocks: You'll need a photo hosting site like Photobucket to post on here.
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jenb: Who can explain how to post photos like they are speaking to a 4 yr old.........or 90 year old????????????
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