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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 194 - Monday August 25, 2003
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Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
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Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE: Stabilizing rough
02  RE: Teresas Pictures
03  RE: Teresas Pictures
04  NEW: New Raytech Woes

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Message:01

Subject: stablezation
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 12:00:53 -0500
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "john quade" <johnq@innersoft.net>

stablezation opens up a new area of discussion  what stabalizer works
best . clear epoxy is my first guess. just before polishing .

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Message:02

Subject: Teresa's Pictures...
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 15:02:34 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Rich" <richtherm@bluemarble.net>

Thanks for posting the pics and for taking them.  It was nice being able
to put faces to names.....  Maybe an idea for future posting
requests??????

Rich Ashcraft
Lyons, IN

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Message:03

Subject: Pictures by Teresa
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 09:20:24 -0400
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "R Rudd" <ooja@rcn.com>

I enjoyed seeing the names and faces that  Teresa Masters took at the
Faceters Symposium.
I noticed in one of the pictures that a video was made.  Did it turn out
well and is their a possibility
of copies to be purchased?

R. Rudd
Midlothian, VA

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Message:04

Subject: Alpha Supply and New Raytech Woes
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 09:39:07 -0400
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Clyde" <clyde@emeraldrose.com>

Hello All
  
I have three subjects I would like to get input from our members about:

First, has anyone had problems recently with Raytech dops purchased from
Alpha Supply? I purchased around a dozen aluminum dops a couple of weeks
ago, and there seems to be something amiss with the aluminum alloy and
its thermal expansion rate: After cutting the pavillion on a piece of
laser silica the dop was "stuck" into the center sleeve of the Raytech
Handpiece- there is no other way to describe this except to say that it
was as if it were glued with crazy glue, and there was none of the
"play" between the dop and the sleeve that is the norm. It simply would
not move, not even a fraction of a millimeter, not with lubricants,
heating/cooling the dop and sleeve, gentle force (tapping with a rawhide
mallet and wood block)- nothing. Needless to say, my handpiece is ruined
and I am dead in the water. The only culprit I can find is the new dops-
any suggestions for getting my $$ back and my handpiece
repaired/replaced by Alpha? In 20+ years I have never encountered
anything even remotely like this situation, but I am effectively out of
business with a backlog of orders until this gets resolved. Assuming
Alpha Supply will make good on their defective product and
repair/replace my ruined handpiece, I'll still be looking for a
replacement Handpiece, preferably used for a decent price.

Second, I just found out that Raytech Shaw has discontinued their entire
faceter line! This has evidently happened within the past 2 weeks, as I
ordered a couple of parts from Raytech just 2 weeks ago. What the blazes
is happening? I've been a loyal Raytech user for a long time, but this
is beyond anything I've ever experienced. Any Raytech dealers out there?

Third- In light of this *weird* chain of events, I'm considering
purchasing an Imahashi faceter direct from the manufacturer. As the
language barrier is somewhat problematic I'm unclear about a couple of
things- I know Imahashi takes 6" laps, but are they the standard 1/2"
bore? Also, my command of Japanese is somewhat limited, are the marks on
the unit in english or Kanji? Anyone have a decent used unit for sale?


Thanks for any help or suggestions!

Clyde Gilbert
Greenwood Studio

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Hi Clyde, What was Alpha's response to this issue? I assume you contacted them first.

Thurmond

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Subject: Yesterday's Funny
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 15:29:22 -0700 (PDT)
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Dave Thompson <djt@irastro.caltech.edu>

To find grade "A" rough,
It can be oh so tough,
And a chore, eh?

Then when she is done,
That gem's number one...
Cut some more, eh!

But to spend all one's time,
Making up one more rhyme,
That's a bore, eh.

Dave (Pasadena, CA)


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