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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 140 - Wednesday June 4, 2003
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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE: Maine vs. southeastern U.S.
02  RE: Question on anodizing
03  NEW: Want to join or start a club

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Message:01

Subject: Maine vs. southeastern U.S.
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 20:21:16 +0000
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: denney.wilson@att.net

     I agree that Maine has many minerals, but I am afraid that the comments
made about there being no minerals of interest in the southeastern states is
grossly in error!  In North Carolina, there are over 300 separate and important
minerals present of which over half that number are gemstones.  Included in
this "small number of boring items" are amethyst, citrine, smokey quartz,
quartz, emerald, aquamarine, tourmaline (at least 4 different colors), ruby,
sapphire, jade, diamond, peridot, hiddenite, jasper, etc., etc. ,etc. Any area
that is or was geologically active will have a similar list.  What matters, is
having the desire and the time to look for them!

Denney L. Wilson

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Message:02

Subject: Aluminum and Paint
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 18:29:51 -0400
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Chuck Ashcraft <gemcutter60@netscape.net>

I have been lurking out there for several months and finally decided to get in on
the chatter.

J Wagstaff wrote:

"Is there a type of paint
or something that will bond onto the aluminum, or someway to treat the
aluminum so paint will bond to it?"

Aluminum is fairly easy to get paint to stick to if it is "clean".  I recommend
cleaning with a good solvent such as brake cleaner. Brake cleaner is available at
most auto parts stores.  Do this outside or with plenty of ventilation.  Allow
the item to air dry before priming and painting using a good solvent based paint.
 
If you want excellent wear ability, I would recommend using an epoxy or urethane
two part paint.    Come to think of it, you probably have some 30 minute epoxy on
hand.  Mix about 0.5 grams of the two part epoxy in a small container. Add 1 to 2
ml (grams) of acetone or MEK to the container and mix well   (you want the
viscosity to be like that of light oil.  Use as you would regular paint.  It will
hold up well and you do not need to prime the cleaned aluminum.

You might also want to rough up the surface some with 600 grid sand paper prior
to cleaning and painting.  That way you will get mechanical as well as chemical
adhesion.

Chuck Ashcraft / Chemist / Lapidary enthusiast

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Message:03

Subject: Greetings
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 08:17:32 -0600
To: "Laps" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "George Mather" <Concordml@msn.com>


Would like to start or join a facitor's club in St. George, Utah.
If interested please call George at: 435-674-7267 or
email: Concordml@msn.com

George Mather, Pastor
concordml@msn.com

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TODAY'S FUNNYS ~

A man asked his wife, "What would you most like for your birthday?"

     She said, "I'd love to be ten again."

     On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and
off they went to a theme park.   He put her on every ride in the park --
the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear.  Everything there
was, she rode.  She staggered out of the theme park five hours later,
her head reeling and her stomach upside down.

     Into McDonalds they went, where she was given a Double Big Mac with
extra fries and a strawberry shake.  Then off to a theater to see Star
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home with her husband and collapsed into bed.

     Her husband leaned over and asked, "Well, dear, what was it like
being ten again?"

     One eye opened and she groaned, "Actually, I meant dress size."


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