Hi friends, I went to town today and found about 1.5 pounds of obsidian at Vinnie's Thrift Shop (75 cents). It's in three pieces, roughly 3" x 5" each, up to 1" thick. Some edges are thin and extremely sharp. I've never tried to polish this glass as I haven't had any rough material. Now with this, and maybe getting more, it may be time to try. It would have to be made into much smaller pieces, and I'm stumped as to how to cut it. Would my trusty little 7" tile cutter likely work. Using a saw seems counter-intuitive. I would expect the material to shatter. Can anyone set me straight on how to get it into smaller bits? Also, would it work to make up a load by adding pieces of ordinary glass? Thanks for your help. Cheers! Robbiejohn.
Post by ColtChainmailJewelryDesigns on Jul 20, 2011 3:18:29 GMT -5
Cutting it with a saw is a GOOD thing!!!! It's not likly to shatter unless it gets snagged or something. But I really should zip it before I say something that i dont even know about the truth, lol!
You can smash it with a hammer, but with so little amount you have, not a good idea. Smashing Obsidian make lots of tiny shards. But that isn't the way I do it anymore. And I find you can get lot less tiny shards (if any) if you hold the rock, and tap it on a sledg hammer on the ground! Seems like it brakes off larger bits. =)
You're better off tumbling obsidian with obsidian (of the same type). Using glass as a filler may work, but there are too many variables to know. Not all obsidian and not all glass are created the same.
As suggested in another post I tried a small diamond blade on my Dremel a few nights ago and found that it cuts it like butter and no chipping on edges. You get less waste than your tile saw would create. I know I`ll use mine for it again when needed. The blades are pretty inexpensive too for the Dremel.
Post by susand24224 on Jul 21, 2011 0:36:01 GMT -5
Overall I agree with Steve--many variables between glass and obsidian. That being said, I just tumbled some glass and obsidian and the variables worked out in my favor--both tumbled and polished nicely. I remember reading that glass can be as low as Mohs 5 in hardness and obsidian is 6-6.5 so it seems that if anything goes wrong it will be with the glass. This is just a *slightly* educated guess, though
Shotgunner: In Florida arsonists may be shot and killed, not much pillage there. Missouri should consider taking Florida's lead.
Nov 25, 2014 17:02:06 GMT -5
bhiatt: yeah they were trying to keep from that happening. Not one shot was fired by police or the national guard last night. Tonight may be different. The news was reporting seeing lots of guns in the crowd. I guess they think even more rioting if the cops start
Nov 25, 2014 17:46:08 GMT -5
bhiatt: shooting back. There were hundreds of gun fire shots last night in Ferguson. 21 fires.
Nov 25, 2014 17:47:07 GMT -5
bhiatt: hundreds of nation guard for tonight. Them ghetto boys creep around in the shadows. Its hard for them to catch them. They throw them fire bomb bottles and run of and the building goes up in flame quick.
Nov 25, 2014 17:49:42 GMT -5
bhiatt: 2200 national guard, 700 police officers. Ew Raw! I shure hope they shut them pant sangers down tonight.
Nov 25, 2014 19:13:49 GMT -5
mr.mohs: pant sangers
Nov 25, 2014 22:44:13 GMT -5
bhiatt: dang looks like New York has bigger protest going on than st Louis.
Nov 25, 2014 23:20:05 GMT -5
Fossilman: A bunch of fools!
Nov 26, 2014 0:02:30 GMT -5
wampidy: All for a silly little thing like shooting an unarmed man with his hands up six times. Police attacking news camera men like they are wild dogs. There is a large group of veterans and active duty military personnel asking the National guard to stand down.
Nov 26, 2014 9:22:50 GMT -5
wampidy: About a hundred constitutional rights have been violated and this could be a huge turning point in becoming a police state or not. We could loose a lot of rights here. I am not agreeing with the looting and fires but the police have been very bad there.
Nov 26, 2014 9:26:35 GMT -5
Fossilman: I'm talking of the looting,fires and etc........Just like the 60's and 70's again....
Nov 26, 2014 10:39:20 GMT -5
bhiatt: Here in St Louis the police or national guard have not got aggressive. That's why the trouble makers had their way. Last night they had the numbers and just swarmed the streets telling people to basically leave. This was at 11 at night not during the day
Nov 26, 2014 14:46:43 GMT -5
bhiatt: when the peaceful protestors come out. I think the police and national guard now have them basically under control. They still might be out for the rest of the week, I wouldn't doubt that. The po po and nat. guard did not want to start a big shoot out,
Nov 26, 2014 14:49:57 GMT -5
bhiatt: I probably wouldn't even be watching the crap if it wasn't so close to me.
Nov 26, 2014 14:50:44 GMT -5