Issue No. 266 - Friday, February 6, 2004
Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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Hi all,

You might want to check out the Google site search
at the Gemcutters Website. It will now display a topical
search of the entire site including both The Lapidary Digest
and the Lapidary Arts and Faceters Digest. This will allow any user to
conduct a search of the archives on any lapidary topic and see a list of all
past digest that contain that topic.


Index to Today's Digest

01  NEW: Silver hardening
02  RE: Laps, Batt / Zinc
03  NEW: Cleaning slabs
04  AD: OPLC Hob Nob & Tucson Invite 2004
05  NEW: portable bench (Cool)
06  NEW: Saw oil


Subject: Silver hardening
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 21:39:16 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Cmsgt2@aol.com

After fabricating silver bracelets (and sometimes rings) my silver is still
soft. Is it true that I can heat to 600 degrees in an oven and slowly cool to
harden it?



Subject: Laps.
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 07:28:28 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <jon@gearloose.com>

At 05:25 PM 1/30/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>I've used the
>BATT lap ( Used it exclusively for several months)  but switched back
>to the Zinc lap due to it's lubricity being far superior to BATT,  the BATT
>would heat up and grab the facets where the Knurled Zinc would not
>plus it held the knurls far longer.

That's an interesting use of knurling. BATT does not knurl well, and since
knurling is a displacement of metal rather than a removal, it does expand
the surface and can dome the lap, but if it is mounted to a master lap,
essentially springs flat.
Actually, the frictional coefficient of tin against most materials is
significantly lower than that of zinc, which normally is a little grabby.
(Tin is used in most bearing alloys, zinc, rarely if ever.)  But by
knurling, the amount of material area actually in contact with the stone is
reduced, thus lowering the effective coefficient of friction.
Done correctly, a knurled copper lap can take a huge diamond charge, if the
knurling is done so that the metal can then be rolled flat over the diamond
charge, entrapping it.


Subject: NEW Cleaning slabs
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 13:14:04 -0500
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Becca Duff" <bayroo@atlantic.net>

I'm new to cutting slabs and geodes on my lapidary saw. What are your
best suggestions for cleaning the pella oil off of the slabs and geode
halves after they are cut. It is taking me forever to get the oil off.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You can email me directly at bayroo@atlantic.net if you would like.
Thank you kindly in advance.


Subject: OPLC Hob Nob & Tucson Invite 2004
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 17:31:37 -0200
To: usfgfaceterslist@yahoogroups.com
From: "robertplowejr" <robertplowejr@uol.com.br>
Cc: lapidary@caprock-spur.com

02 February 2004

We wanted to reserve a table to show faceting rough at the
OPLC 2004 Hob Nob
 - but, unfortunately, this year the date of the Hob Nob is
when our show at the GJX has already started. We can't get
the booth closed up and the material into the vault before
around 7:30 - 8 p.m. - And since the OPLC Hob Nob starts
at 6 p.m. on Saturday 07 Feb - we probably won't get there in
time to make it worthwhile to have a table.

So come see us at the GJX  in booth # 205
in Tucson Feb 5 - 10th

We have the following Faceting Rough:

7.5 Kilos Amethyst
1.5 Kilos Citrine
500 grams Spessartite Garnet
Pink, Green, Blue, Blue-green Tourmaline Rough
Emerald Rough,
Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye
Blue Beryl

TUCSON      February 5 - February 10, 2004           TUCSON
LOWE  ASSOCIATES  -  Robert P. Lowe Jr. invites you to visit
us in Booth # 205 at the GJX - Gem & Jewelry Exchange,
Downtown Tucson, for TOURMALINES - in Greens, Pinks,
Indicolite, Rubelite, Salmon, Yellow,
Silver, Orange, Purple, Bi-color, Tri-color, - sliced,
faceted, cabochons, Cat=92s Eye, Paraiba and Rough. Watermelon
tourmaline slices, singles, sets, matched pairs, cabochon
slices, plus all the other Brazilian Colored Stones,
including - Aquamarine, Citrine, Blue Beryl, Rutilated Quartz
(Calibrated), Imperial Topaz, Alexandrite, Kunzite, Brazilian
Opals - Crystal & Boulder,
Rare Purple Topaz Specimens, Amethyst, Morganite, Emeralds -
faceted, cabochon, carved & Slices, Emerald Faceting Rough,
Emerald Crystals, Emerald Specimens, Emerald Jewelry - And
Faceted Spessartite Garnet

Faceting Rough: Amethyst, Citrine, Spessartite Garnet,
Chrysoberyl, Alexandrite, Blue Beryl, Tourmaline, Aquamarine,
Emerald, Euclase, Flourite
Lowe  Associates  -  Robert P. Lowe Jr.
Rua do Mirante, 573
13801-100 Mogi Mirim, SP, Brasil
Telephone: 55-19-3862-4217
Telefax:      55-19-3806-4354
e-mail: < robertplowejr@juno.com > in USA 22 Jan thru 07 April
e-mail: < robertplowejr@uol.com.br > in Brazil after 07


Subject: portable bench
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 23:43:30 -0700
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "jake" <efjke@msn.com>

Portable Bench

  I came across something that would be perfect for a show or such. A nice
portable jewelers bench. Don't let the source throw you, I was impressed. My
thinking is that mounted on some kind of knock down legs or perhaps using a
bench mate work stand this would be the perfect thing for shows or demos. Or
perhaps apartments, travel, etc. If nothing else this may generate ideas.
The link is - http://www.smartboat.com/lfj/workbenches.htm


Subject: Saw oil
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 16:49:28 -0600
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Tom & Galand Nuchols" <nucholsg@1starnet.com>

In past  I use kerosene and non detergent oil in my rock saws.  I always
seem to get good service out of this combination.

Due to enviremental concerns I am trying a Shell water soluable oil in
my Trim saws.  I noticed last night that the .006 blade in my facters
trim saw  began to wobble and was hard to get it to start a cut close to
the right place on the Stone.   I have been told by a local that  water  
Soluable  oil cools but does not lubricate.  Does anyone have an answer
to this?

Tom Nuchols,  Mt Pleasant, Texas









PERSONALS: (General Lapidary and Faceting)






Lurking is fine, but participation is better for learning !
Post something from your experiences in gemcutting today!

From: "J Wagstaff" <wagstajo@kos.net>

 2003 Stella Awards
Once again, it's time to review the winners of the Annual Stella Awards.

 The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled
coffee on herself &successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the
Stella Awards  for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United
 Unfortunately, the most recent lawsuit implicating McDonalds & the
teens who allege that eating at  McDonalds has made them fat, was filed
after the 2003 award voting was closed. This suit will, undoubtedly,
 top the 2004 awards list.

5th place (tied)
 Kathleen Robertson of Austin,Texas, was awarded  $780,000 by a jury of
her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was
running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were
understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving
toddler was Ms Robertson's son.

5th place (tied)
  19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles,California, won $74,000
&medical expenses when his neighbor ran
 over his hand with a Honda Accord.  Mr. Truman apparently did not
notice there was someone at the
wheel of the car when he was trying to steal  the hubcaps.
5th place (tied)
 Terrence Dickson of Bristol,Pennsylvania, was leaving  a house he had
just finished robbing by way of the
 garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the
automatic door opener was malfunctioning.
 He could not re-enter the house because the door connecting the house &
garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family were on vacation & Mr.
Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days.
 He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found & large bag of dry dog food.
He sued the house owners insurance claiming the situation caused
him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

4th place
 Jerry Williams of Little Rock,Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 & medical
expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's
Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced
yard.  The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog
might have been a little provoked at the time, as Mr. Williams who had
climbed over the fence into the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a
pellet gun.

3rd place
 APhiladelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, $113,500, after she slipped on a soft drink & broke
 her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson
had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd place
 Kara Walton ofClaymont,Delaware, sued the owner of a night club in a
neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor &
knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms. Walton was
trying to crawl through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying
the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 & dental expenses.

1st Place
 This year's runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma
City,Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motor Home.
On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the
freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph & calmly left the drivers
seat to go into the back & make himself a cup of coffee.
 Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed & then
overturned.   Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him, by
reading the owner's manual, that he actually could not do this.
 The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motor Home.  The
company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this
suit just in case there were any other complete morons buying their
recreation vehicles.
 Only in America........


If the above is true then Heaven help us because we have passed beyond
our ability to help ourselves. These people are Criminals, Con Men, Liars and



From: "J Wagstaff" <wagstajo@kos.net>


This is sung to the tune  Favorite Things, from the movie The Sound of
Music .  There were a few changes to the words, to fit in with the AARP
theme.  Here are the new words to this tune:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinin,
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hoping your life is great and you are doing wonderful things.


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