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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 205 - Friday, September 12, 2003
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Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
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Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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Hi everyone,

There was no digest yesterday due to lack of post.
Get those post in for Monday's digest. Have a great
weekend.

Be sure and check out the new search features on
the website and the Lapidary Digest archives as well.

Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

01  NEW: Off the Dop
02  NEW: Cooking Opal Matrix
03  NEW: coprolite (well not really new but very old)

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Message:01

Subject: Off The Dop: Afghan Tourmalines.
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 18:53:39 -0400
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <jon@gearloose.com>

1: 11X6mm  5 carat emerald cut.
The Afghan rough was a mint green with an emerald green C axis.  In the
hasty picture is a GENUINE cat hair, not from polishing, but from a fat
Tiffany cat, who was annoying me at the time.
She is interested in faceting, to the extent of putting her nose close to
the lap, and watching it turn. Just Like Daddy.

2: 1 Carat Round 16/16/8 brilliant: The rough was a blue and light green
bicolor.  Blue was concentrated in the lower portion of the pavilion, so
the stone is kind of cyan, kind of blue, kind of green...
These stones have been confiscated by my wife for our 37th anniversary.
(Today).

See them at http://www.battlap.info/redstones.html, bottom of page.
Rough is from "Rough To Cut".

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Beautiful Stones Jon.

Thurmond
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Message:02

Subject: Re: Issue No. 204 - Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 19:45:11 -0500
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Ken Kipnis" <kkipnis@knology.net>

Hi Thurmond:

I got hold of some opal matrix while I was in Quartzsite and lost the
directions on how to cook the stuff. Anyone out there having experience with
it?

Appreciate any help.

Ken Kipnis

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Message:03

Subject: coprolite
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 19:58:11 -0500
From: Downey <alckytxn@swbell.net>

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TODAY'S FUNNY ~
 INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVING YOUR CAT A PILL

1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if
holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either
side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while
holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth.
Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in
left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. Take
new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly
with lef hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with
right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.

4. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.
Call spouse from garden.

5. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding
front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse
to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler
into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

6. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make
note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered
figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

7. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just
visible from below spouse's armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw,
force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

8. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of
water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove
blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

9. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard
and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with
dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

10. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply
cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot.
Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

11. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize
to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take
last pill from foil wrap.

12. Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg
of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat's mouth
open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet
steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 pint of water down throat to wash pill down.

13. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches
fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture
shop on way home to order new table.

14. Arrange for vet to make a housecall.

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