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1. NOTE: LapDigest News
Subject: NOTE: LapDigest News
I will not put out a Digest on July 4 or July 5. But please keep the queries and answers coming in!! Next Issue will be published on Sunday, July 6.
The TUMBLING.TXT file by Alan Silverstein is now available for retrieval
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The policy on ADs by companies will be published in the next issue of Lap Digest. It is designed to allow companies to describe themselves to you in some detail once anually and to advertise specials in the signature lines every time they interact (ask a query or answer a query) with the list. Your comments on the policy are solicited; comments should be sent to me at email@example.com.
Subject: NOTE: How to answer a query
You may have noted that the formats of queries and answers to queries are becoming more standardized in form. This is important if we are to catalog and index the contents of all the issues at some point. A start has been made by listing the subject lists for each issue; these are in Contents.txt in the Archives. Take a look at that file, and you will see why uniformity in formatting the message headings is important.
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Date: Wed, 2 Jul 1997 15:44:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New: Bulk Slabbing of Nodules
One of the duties performed in the production of Fischerstone involves
Thank You in advance
Copper in Agate, Tin in Agate, Designer inclusions.
From: Rusty.Etzwiler <Rusty.Etzwiler@PSS.Boeing.com>
Subject: NEW: Are there hand methods for lapidary work?
I am a dyed-in-the wool rockhound and mineral collector. I am also a greenhorn jewelry fabricator. I don't have lapidary equipment yet and would appreciate information on hand-working (before electricity) techniques. I have the Lortone hand-cabber but know there must be other methods that can be done at a Forest Service campsite without electrical outlets or "fancy equipment". Any others interested in learning about such techniques?
Editorial Note: Here is a lapidary question I had never considered before: how do you do lapidary by hand? I have seen the Lortone hand-cabber, and was once told by Paul Downing that his first opal was cut, while he was a graduate student, on a Lortone hand-cabber. (He recommended it as a good way to really learn and appreciate the techniques of cabbing.) Aside from the hand-cabber, are there other hand methods he might use? A diamond blade in a jeweler's saw for sawing? I also remember a posting on another mail list in which a fellow told -(I never knew whether or not he was pulling our legs)- of putting rocks, grit, and water in a water-tight can and putting it in the trunk of his car. The bumpy roads he traveled caused a tumbler like action, and he declared that he tumbled rocks that way!
Are there other hand methods Rusty Etzwiler might consider?
Subject: NEW: Source for Rhodonite (was Mottled Polish on Rhodonite)
In regard to message (3) of Issue #15, I live in BC & have access to "some" nice but not excellent rhodonite. If interested please contact me off line. Thank you. I hope I did this right in replying to the sender.
Subject: Re: Treating Opal
<<Soaking with a saturated sugar solution allows the sugar to creep
into the cracks. Then treating with sulfuric acid oxidizes the sugar leaving
black carbon residue.... (snip)... >>
Subject: Re: Treating Opal
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 1997 13:22:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: BIO: Lynn Isaacson