LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No. 313 - Friday, December 3, 2004
Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
I hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving
holiday. Have a great weekend.
Enjoy the list.
Index to Today's Digest
01 RE: saw lube
02 NEW: Merrill O' Murphy
03 RE: Dry grinding and saw lube.
04 RE: Faceting competition
05 NEW: Comments on laps needed
06 NEW: DeLand Florida TGMS/TFG yearly club gem show
07 NEW: Email about equipment book.
08 NEW: Tuscon Hob Nob, Information Requested
Subject: Re: Issue No. 310 - Friday, November 19, 2004
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 15:46:36 EST
Thurmond: Subject RV Antifreeze. How much water do you add or do you use it
straight from the bottle? If you add water, do you get rust on your saw blades?
The RV antifreeze I have used is very sticky and I am sure has no rust
Mel Pears, Mapples54@wmconnect.com
I use it without any water. It is sticky but doesn't seem to polymerize like vegetable oil.
It has been used in my loretone saw for over a year since I brought it home and found
the prior owner was using it. Can you believe I loaded and unloaded the saw without
looking inside and did not spill a drop. Later I discovered what it was by an inquiry to
the membership. Our club in Lubbock uses new transformer oil (like the power company
transformers use). It is basically clear and almost odorless but it is oil. One trick I have
used for turquoise and malachite is to soak the rough for a day or two in water before
cutting it so the oil will not be absorbed by the material but I prefer a water based lube for
most materials of that type.
Subject: Merrill O' Murphy
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 19:05:05 -0500
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <email@example.com>
From: "Faceter01" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Was just wondering how Merrill O' Murphy was doing.
Haven't heard from him or anything about him in a longtime.
Anybody from the group know or hear anything about him?
Subject: Dry grinding and saw lube.
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 08:26:21 -0500
From: "Judy Ogden" <email@example.com>
I would like to thank all those who responded to my questions a few
weeks ago. You kept me out of a lot of trouble. It's great to have so
many people willing to provide advice and help to a novice.
Subject: Faceting Competition Rules
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 21:31:14 -0800
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: "T.A.Masters" <email@example.com>
For accurate information on the rules that apply to Federation
competitions, please go to the source, <www.afms.com> This is the web
site for the american Federation of Mineralogical Societies. From that
site you can link to the Federation for your area.
Glen Klein is a great source for USFG Competition rules. Trust what he
says. There has been a lot of grousing about many rules. No sense in
babbling brooks here, please go to the source and there will be trusted
Subject: New: Comments on laps needed
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 06:57:33 +1300
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Brian Clifford <email@example.com>
Hi, we are talking to a Chinese manufacturer of Diamond coated products, who
is working on producing facetting laps. If any of you facetting people
would like to contribute some comments on what you would like to see in a
lap, please forward them on to me. So far we have seen a roughing down lap
in 6inch size with a 1/2 inch hole , ideal for sitting on top of a heavier
base plate. Drawings, specifications, positive comments would be most
Brian Clifford firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: DeLand Florida TGMS/TFG yearly club gem show
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 22:06:05 -0800
From: Phillip L Stonebrook <email@example.com>
There will be a gem show in DeLand, Florida on Saturday and Sunday
December 11-12 from 10-5PM. The Tomoka Gem & Min. Society, along with our
offshoot Tomoka Faceters Guild will be hosting this yearly club show. The
location is at the intersection of SR 44 and I 4, at the Volusia County
Fair grounds. Entry fee is $3.
I will be exhibiting this year my personal gem cutting collection started
in the '80's, as well as giving a faceting demonstration on our older
Graves club machine. I will also have GemCad up and running to model
gemcutting on computer.
Stop by and say hi, and check out the extensive vendor offerings, and the
club displays and exhibits. There will be rough dealers there too!!
Phil in Florida
Subject: Unsolicited Email about equipment book.
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 17:47:21 +1300
To: 'LapidaryArtsDigest' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Craig McGregor <email@example.com>
Could you please let me know if the following is real, or a spam/scam email.
I received an unsolicited email from a Bill Gallagher in Hachita, NM. About
a book he has written on how to build home-made lapidary equipment. Can
someone tell me if this is for real, and perhaps give a review of the book?
I do not want to pass the message on to our club members here in
Christchurch, NZ, without first having authenticated the information through
a third party.
Canterbury Mineral and Lapidary Club
Subject: Tuscon Hob Nob
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 08:54:29 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: "Dennis Demerly" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Next year,2005, we will be in Tuscon for the Gem Shows and would like to
attend the Hob Nob. I need some information on where it is going to be held
this next year, street address and time. you can contact me off line at
I am also interested in where I might find some good faceting rough. I am
seeing less and less good material being available. There seem to be very
little faceting rough being offered at the rock shows this year.
Thanks for help in getting educational material for the Midwest Faceters
Show this year. We had a lot of faceters from many different clubs come and
set up to demonstrate at the show.
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