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1. BIO: Carol Bova
2. NEW: How to separate intergrown feldspar
3. NEW: Intarsia polishing
4. NEW: Please comment of the format of the list

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 14:12:15 -0700
Subject: BIO Carol Bova

Hello LapDigesters,
Thanks to Hale for being such an innovator and fast mover! This should
be a great place to visit and share info.

When discussions with CJ Lanese, Vince King and I started about doing a
new newsgroup that would permit appropriate jewelry/lapidary related
advertising last August, I had no idea I would become an electronic
magazine publisher by November. John Doppler, my computer wizard of a
son, came up with the concept of the ezine, and does all my graphic
design and computer work for what we now know as The Eclectic Lapidary.
There are close to 1900 subscribers, and the archives are bulging, so I
will be moving to my own domain in a week or two: I've
met so many wonderful people in connect with EL, and some of them have
written wonderful pieces which are still in the archives. I'm sure
you'll be meeting a lot of them thru this digest.

I'm almost finished with a websales site for faceted stones, and a gem
and jewelry auction, possibly with automated bidding, is next. I'm
assisting Justice Malanot in distributing some of his luscious African
gemstone rough, and we'll be moving all of his stories to a site of
their own from The Eclectic. By the time I leave my day job as the
manager of a 142 year old cemetery next year, I hope to have my G.G.
completed. I'm about halfway there now. Gem ID is my favorite
gemological activity.

This is my 5th year in lapidary, so I have a lot of catching up to do,
and I've been working hard at doing it. I learned basic cabbing and
silversmithing through the VIP Gem & Mineral Society, which I believe
was the 1st club in the San Fernando Valley (in California, north of the
city of Los Angeles)

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 18:52:19 -0700
Subject: NEW - how to separate intergrown feldspar

Hi Folks,
Anyone have a trick for separating intergrown feldspar crystals? I have
football size pieces of mixed feldspar material from Plumas County (No.
Cal.) containing some clear areas with labradorescence. These areas are
of course the smallest, the ones that break when hammering is done near
them, and seem to jump in front of the saw blade when cutting through
opaque areas so that the labradorescent area is sliced at a bad angle.
Mark Liccini's instructions on cobbing worked great on some of the
outer, clearly defined crystal fragments of opaque material, but what
I'm looking at, is all broken off in a flat line, and I can see planes
and crystal shapes going off at all kinds of angles. I promised pieces
of this to several people and feel terrible that I can't get it out of
the rock for them. Any suggestions?

| Carol J. Bova The Eclectic Lapidary |
| |

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 23:56:39 +0000
Subject: NEW: intarsia polishing

Is there an easy way to polish intarsia made out of material with
wildly different hardnesses ? I made one with a center of ruby ,
surrounded by opal, a border of azurite and the remainder of the
stone is agate. It cuts fine, but polishing haa ! Between the
undercutting and the small scratches on the opal my piece kept
getting thinner and thinner. I am going to a class in 2 weeks on
Intarsia but I am not real sure I'd want to show this one to him. I'm
sure I'd be Example of what not to do # 1.
Ken Wetz

Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 16:44:43 -0400
To: <>
Subject: NEW: Please comment of the format of the list


By now you have received three (including this one) issues of the Digest
and I would appreciate it if you would comment on the format.
There are three or four things I can change about the format of the list:
the first is the content of the header, the second is whether or not to
include the subject list at the beginning of the Digest, and the third is
the content of the footer. Would you please give me comments on these and
anything else you can think of. NOW is the time to make changes!!!.

Also, I have invited a second test group of about 15 people to join us in
this pretest.


Hale Sweeny
Durham, NC

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