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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 272 - Wednesday, March 03, 2004
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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 all,

Good list today. Keep those post coming in.

Hale Sweeny has contacted me and indicated
that his forwarded anouncement today will be
the last forward. He has closed the Lapidary
Digest site but it will remain available through
the gemcutters.org as long as I am around.
(should be at least 40 more years).

Don't forget to check out the new classifieds area.
(link near the bottom of today's digest)
Several members have placed ads over the weekend.

Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE: Waterglass sources
02  RE: Waterglass sources
03  RE: Waterglass sources
04  RE: Waterglass sources
05  RE: Waterglass sources
06  NEW: Wholesale rough in Texas
07  NEW: Facet Rough Dealer wanted for show.
08  RE: Wirewrap Info Thanks
09  NEW: Tuscon Show 2004 update wanted
10  NEW: LOW COST Cloud Dome substitute

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Message:01

Subject: Water glass
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 20:50:22 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Cmsgt2@aol.com

Tia:
I bought mine at a Walmart pharmacy. $10 for a quart.  I don't know why they
had it in stock. Moral? Just ask.
Don

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Message:02

Subject: Waterglass
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 00:35:34 -0500
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Hale Sweeny" <halesw@mindspring.com>

Hi  --

You ask:
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Subject: Waterglass..
From: "Phil\(NM\)" <goldpnr@yahoo.com>

Anyone know of a source to buy waterglass powder for dopping?
I tried The Chemistry Store, they don't carry it.
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My friendly Wal-Mart pharmacist ordered some for me and didn't charge
too much for it. I've also seen it at a farm supply store.

Good luck!

hale
Hale Sweeny
halesw@mindspring.com
Durham, NC

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Message:03

Subject: Waterglass again... thanks and a question on use!
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 12:40:40 -0800 (PST)
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: "Phil\(NM\)" <goldpnr@yahoo.com>

Thanks everyone, I finally found a Pharmacy who
ordered me some. $18 for a guart.

It seems awful thin to dop with, yet I know it can be
done.. so, does anyone know of any websites, personal
experience or ?? where I can learn the proper way
apply it to both stick and stone, set it up, etc?

Thanks again!
Phil(NM)

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Message:04

Subject: Water Glass
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 20:00:54 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Denney Wilson <denney.wilson@att.net>

Water glass is the archaic name for a compound called sodium silicate.
 It is available by that name from most chemical supply houses and from
some hardware and pharmacy locations as well.  It used to be used to
help retard fire and was mixed with water or alcohol (hence the name)
and, when i dried, had a glass like appearance.  It is also used, today,
as a drying agent .  Most hardware stores sell packs to keep boxes and
other items dry in a basement.  The contents are sodium silicate.  Good
luck.  Be aware, however, that dopping with this material may be quite
frustrating.  It is so readily dissolved in water that it will not hold
for long!

Denney L. Wilson
Wilson Lapidary

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Message:05

Subject: RE' Water Glass
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 09:12:26 -0800
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Neil F. Talcott" <neil@wa7bhc.lovelock.nv.us>

Way back when we were on the ranch (about 1930) we used to get waterglass
(sodium silicate) to preserve eggs for winter use when the chickens slacked
off in laying eggs. One quart of waterglass and 15 quarts of water in a 5
gallon crock would keep about 15 dozen eggs for months. Waterglass was also
used to harden concrete if it was dusty. You might find some in a School
chemistry lab if you happen to know a friendly teacher. We used to buy it at
the grocery store. 73, Neil

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Message:06

Subject: rough in Texas
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 18:28:26 -0500
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Becca Duff" <bayroo@atlantic.net>

I will be visiting Texas, in the San Antonio area, for two weeks at the
end of March and I was wondering if anyone knows of any places that sell
lapidary rough at wholesale prices. I am interested in rough in bulk.
Please feel free to email me off digest with your suggestions. For those
of you who are interested I am going there to see my son graduate from
BasicTraining at Lackland Air Force Base.
Thank you kindly,
Becca Duff
bayroo@atlantic.net

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Message:07

Subject: Facet Rough Dealers
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 20:58:20 -0600
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Wayne S. Barnett" <wayneb@ev1.net>

Does anyone know of any facet rough dealers that would like to participate
in an annual gem and mineral show.  They do not have to have all of their
inventory in facet rough but should have a significant portion of their
business as facet rough.  Please contact me off line if you are a dealer or
know of anyone who might be interested.

Wayne Barnett
Houston Texas.

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Message:08

Subject: Re: Issue No. 271 - Friday, February 27, 2004
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 10:27:15 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Mapples54@wmconnect.com

From: Mel Pears Mapples54@wmconnect.com
Subject: Wire Wrap

Thanks to everyone who responded to my wire wrap questions. I am basically a
facetor and have been doing it for 30+ years but never had time to try wire
wrap. I recently received a catalog from Delphi. They sell Practice wire. Would
you recommend using it for a beginner? They also sell a Jewelry clay. I am
unfamiliar with this process. Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks

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Message:09

Subject: Tuscon show 2004
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 16:38:28 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Dennis Demerly" <ddraw@comcast.net>

Hello Thurmond;

Before this year's show there was a lot of talk about the show. It is after
the show and very little is being said. Was the HOB NOB great, good, or just
so so? Was there a lot of rough offered and how about the price? Was there
certain shows that are must see? How about next year, is it worth while to
go, or just stay home?
One person has told me that two motels that have shows this year are being
bought by someone else for next year and one motel is turning into a senior
complex.
I had to stay home this year because of surgery, but am planning to go out
next year. Let's hear from those of you that made the trip this year. What
about Quartzite?
See you all at the Columbus Ohio show March 27 & 28, at the Vet's Memorial
Building.
Dennis

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Message:10

Subject: LOW COST Cloud Dome substitute
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Thurmond Moore III" <owner-gemcutters@caprock-spur.com>

Hi everyone. Check out the link below for a cheap alternative to a Cloud Dome
for photographing gems and jewelry.

http://www.deadzoom.com/member/nktower/tutorials/Photographing_Small_Objects.html

Thurmond

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MESSAGES FORWARDED FROM HALE SWEENY

Subject: Forwarded Messages
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 00:37:18 -0500
To: <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Hale Sweeny" <halesw@mindspring.com>

Thurmond -

You still include the section entitled:  'MESSAGES FORWARDED FROM HALE
SWEENY', and you might consider that this is a forwarded message from me
and put it in that space.  As all my old archives are on your website, I
have closed the Lapidary Digest website permanently. So I doubt that I
will receive any more messages to forward to you, and suggest that you
might close this section.

I will continue to post when I have something to say!

hale
Hale Sweeny
halesw@mindspring.com
Durham, NC

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Thanks for the message Hale, Consider this section closed.

Thurmond
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A lone tourist who is passing through the suburbs on the way
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Not much later, a farmer happens to pass by with a truck full
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