Thunder Bay, Ontario Amethyst 💎

Almost a month & a ½ of polish tumbling I have new Gems ❗️

Rough Amethyst

ℝ𝕠𝕔𝕜 ℍ𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕤 ℕ𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝔻𝕚𝕖 𝕎𝕖 𝕁𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕊𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕝𝕪 ℙ𝕖𝕥𝕣𝕚𝕗𝕪 ❗️

💎 Rock-hounds never die we just slowly petrify ❗️ (day II)

Mixed assortment of rocks

𝕀 𝔻𝕠𝕟’𝕥 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕤𝕖 𝕊𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 yet.

 

But they sure look neat in my display case between the Superior Agates and the Rose Quarts 😉

Rock Box Shop 💎 (on wheels)

ℂ𝕒𝕟 𝕀 𝕋𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕒 𝕃𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕒𝕥 𝕋𝕙𝕠𝕤𝕖 𝕊𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕤 ❓

Washe Koda cat 🐱
Emmy Lou kitty

National Geographic stage #4 Si O (silicon oxide 1800 grit ) is cool but not sufficient. I use AL O ² ( aluminum dioxide 2200 grit ) and it even feels waxy for shining 🙂

 

 

#4 stage 2200 grit Polish

Tumbling Stones 💎

rough Mambamba Jasper (crockadile stone)

Leopardite after stage 2

Finished Apache Tears (still need some enhancements)

Apache Tear lets light shine through

𝕋𝕦𝕞𝕓𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤 💎

I am still at it after 2 warrentee replacement tumblers from National Geographic since March plus a freebie Pro model.  

I crushed tumbler size stones from rough Turritella Agates

From SE Wyoming

rough turritella

After 6 weeks and 5 stages of grit (60, 220, 500, & 950 course silicon dioxide then 1200 aluminum oxide polish then ‘Gem Foam’® for burnishing)

𝔾𝕠𝕤𝕙 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕤𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕔𝕒𝕞𝕖 𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕪 😉

I have never seen a cat smile before today 😸

Apache Tear Rock Tumbling Polish Trick ⚗💎

Mohs (scale of harness) 5  They are to soft to tumble in stage #1 Course grit (60/90 Silicon Dioxide) The stones would have 30% of their size ground away  ❗️

Soo…I start them on stage #2 Medium grit (170/220 Silicon Dioxide for 4 to 5 days instead of 7-8 days )

Then stage #3 Pre-Polish grit (500+ Silicon Dioxide for 4-5 days)

Stage #4 Polish grit (1200+ Aluminum Oxide for one week (Al O¹ breaks down after 7 days of tumbling)) So clean and add fresh polish and run another 7 days if needed.

𝕀𝕥 𝕀𝕤 𝕆𝕂 𝕥𝕠 𝕡𝕖𝕖𝕜 𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕣𝕠𝕔𝕜𝕤 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕡𝕝𝕖-𝕗𝕖𝕨 𝕕𝕒𝕪𝕤 to √ Progress in each stage

Now Stage #5 Gem-Foam ( Magic little ‘sponge cubes’ ⚗❓) for 2 or 3 days and your rocks will come out shinier then ‘oleo’ on a glass door knob whilst not slippery to the touch 😉

Apache Tears ready for Polish Aluminum Oxide ⚗
Ceramic chips used to smooth rocks bouncing in the grit slurry and quiets the machine 😉
Big Hammer for making tumbler size stones out of large rocks ❗️ Tumbler size stones cost $30 a pound. Precious rock comes in bulk chunks (up to 6LB for only 4 dollars 💎
Stay Tuned for more translucent polished Apache Tears stones from New Mexico polished right here in N.E. Tennessee 🤠 (7 days AL O¹ + ‘Gem Foam’ 3 days = 10 days max) 😉
I will rinse them if I deem necessary , If they are dun tumbling 😉



Dinosaur 🦕 Eggs ❓

No ❗️ 𝕋𝕦𝕣𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒 A𝕘𝕒𝕥𝕖 𝕗𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕎𝕪𝕠𝕞𝕚𝕟𝕘.

The proper name of the fossilized snail was thought to be Goniobasis, (pronounced gone-e-o-basis). Further study from paleontologists discovered it is actually Elimia Tenera. Turritella are common snails of a marine nature, but southwest WY at the time was fresh water.

Elimia Tenera   👉  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimia_tenera

I got some work cut out for myself breaking these down to tumbling size ❗️

>5% ready

𝕀 ℕ𝕖𝕖𝕕 𝕒 𝔹𝕚𝕘𝕘𝕖𝕣 ℍ𝕒𝕞𝕞𝕖𝕣 ⚒ ❗️

💎A lapidary rock (wet) saw costs $ 500 – $6,000 chuckies 💰

So I purchased an eight dollar ‘Cold Chisel’ that will work just fine for me  ⚒

⚠️ Wear safety glasses (place a rag over rock)

I have to run my stones for 3 days with ‘GemFoam’ and water to get them shinny, as recommend by National Geographic ❗️

 

I am adding ceramic ‘filler pellets’ media next tumble

ceramic pellets

The final stage will be 3 to 5 days using ‘GemFoam’ media which should shine them rocks up 👌

GemFoam

just started last batch of stage #3 (pre-polish grit) 𝕋𝕦𝕞𝕓𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤 ℙ𝕠𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕠 𝔾𝕖𝕞𝕤 💎

After 8 days then Stage #4 (polishing grit) is next for 10-12 days (3 batches)

𝕐𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 ℍ𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕕 𝕠𝕗 ‘𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕝𝕠𝕣 𝕓𝕣𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕤’ running across the laminated dining rm & kitchen floor these kitties in Tennessee call it the ass and tail slide, taking the rugs with them before slamming into the oven or fridge 😽

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