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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 109 - Wednesday April 16, 2003
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From the Moderator: 

Topical Focus for This Week: AMBER AND COPAL CUTTING

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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE:  Cutting clean pink quartz
02  RE:  Site not available?
03  RE:  Bob's Rock
04  NEW:  Newest, I hope last, Revision XS2 Facet Head!
05  RE:  Tangent Ratio Converter
06  BIO & NEW:  Lee instructions.
07  Off The Dop

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Message:01

Subject: Re: Issue No. 108 - Tuesday April 15, 2003
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 12:25:47 -0700
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Don Rogers <Don@Campbell-gemstones.com>

At 01:52 PM 4/15/03 -0500, you wrote:
>I picked up a larger peice of clean pink quartz, at a nature shop of all
>places. Can anyone suggest an appropriate type of cut for this material

Always, always look through the tumbled stone when you run across a
display.  A few years back, when I had my store, I had a couple come in and
was going through some tumbled stones I had put out about a week
before.  They came to the register with about 150 ct of very good aqua for
$4.00.  I hadn't even bothered to look at the stuff when I poured it
out.  I sure do now.

On the pink quartz, any of the quartz cuts will work.  It tends to give a
sleepy stone, but if it is well cut, it is a very nice stone.  You don't
get the brightness you would from a clear stone, but the stone seems to
have an inner glow to it that really attracts attention.  If the stone is
larger than say 10 mm, a Portuguese cut, like 01.028 in datavue, would be
very nice.  I also like Jeff Ghram's, Gram Princess.

Don

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Message:02

Subject: Re: Issue No. 108 - Tuesday April 15, 2003
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 21:22:16 +0000
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: "lenard TAN" <arcorp21@hotmail.com>

hi
do u know what was the reason : www.qualitygemrough.com is not accessible
although they advertise on your site

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Hi Lenard,

I checked the site a few minutes ago and it was up and operational so I
am at a loss to explain.

Thurmond

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Message:03

Subject: Bob's Rocks ???
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 19:29:16 -0400
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "kulaczp" <kulaczp@pivot.net>

I have seen a number of people asking but what is the answer to where is
bob...??   He had such  a  grand setup going for him....Is he ill......??
Just needed to know.

Peter  /  Maine...................72 degrees today.........rock picken soon

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Message:04

Subject: Newest, I hope last, Revision XS2 Facet Head!
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 19:36:13 -0400
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <webmaster@gearloose.com>

On March 30, the Massachusetts Faceters' Group got a sneak preview of my
latest faceting machine.  I think it might be the last revision.  For this
year.  I hope.
As I built and used the last one a few improvements suggested themselves,
and I had some ideas for a better layout and better machining practices.
As with the Revision "XS" (Overbuilding carried to EXCESS...hahaha), the
Revision XS2 is made of  303 and 304 stainless steel and has a few titanium
parts.  It will not corrode, and the digital electronics are fully
enclosed.  The highly polished surfaces do show fingerprints, and there
were lots of them from the Faceters' Meeting, but I didn't mind.  After
all, it is made to be splashed with rock dust!  There were nice compliments
given, and that made the hours spent worthwhile.

Take a look at http://www.gearloose.com/revx.html !



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Message:05

Subject: Tangent Ratio Converter
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 06:53:27 -0400
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: John Huck <rocknjohn@lowcountry.com>

Hi All,  Several years ago, I had found a site that had a Tangent Ratio
Converter on it.  It was a simple process to download it into a file and
then write it onto a floppy disc for safekeeping.  I keep it in my file
of programs to load into new computers and have used it after
reformatting :-(   I do not have to go online to do any conversions now.

John Huck

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Message:06

Subject: BIO & NEW
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 12:45:06 -0500
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Reiter, Frank J" <reiterf@indiana.edu>

Hi all.

My name is Frank Reiter.  I am very new to the list (few days) and to
faceting and lapidary (just a couple of weeks).  I don't know of anyone
in my area who does faceting (I live in Bloomington, IN) so I have been
doing all my learning from books and trial (and mostly error).=20

I bought a used Lee faceting machine on E-bay. It seems pretty old but
seems to work OKAY, although it doesn't seem to have much power. I also
bought (new) some dyna-laps (300, 600, 1200, 3000, cerium oxide).=20

One of the problems I'm having is spiraling.  I have not yet figured out
exactly how to use the cheater.  The cheater is numbered 1 - 12 and the
rather vague instructions I got for the Lee said (when setting it up) to
set the cheater to 12 and use the 45 degree adapter to level (or square)
the dop to the lap with the index gear on 96. It did not say anything
about adjusting the cheater to a different setting after that.  In
another book I read it said to set the cheater in the middle of its
range so that it can be adjusted either way (which it can't be when it's
set on 12).  This makes more sense to me, but I have not yet tried it.

I'm also sure I've been over cutting, but I think I'm getting a bit
better in that regard. One book I read said start with the crown,
another said start with the pavilion???

Anyway, I would be happy to hear any information, suggestions, etc. on
the following:
Good instructional books
Best (or at least good) faceting machines and where to get them
What type of laps to use for what stones
Where to get good faceting rough
Anything else.
Thanks,
Frank
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Message:07

Subject: Off The Dop
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 21:03:33 +0100
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Gustavo Castelblanco" <mail@montana78.freeserve.co.uk>

Hi,
I finished another stone in my Cometa design. It's an aquamarine. I am
trying to cut my designs to see how they really look.
So far so good.
To view the stone go to the Latest Cut Stone page
http://mysite.freeserve.com/gemstones/
Regards,
Gustavo.


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