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    Re: Snakes and Stones

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    I don't see very many people tumble and polish emeralds...tricky material to work with.
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Sorril View Post
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    I don't see very many people tumble and polish emeralds...tricky material to work with.
    Aren't emeralds supposed to be green? Those look more like turquoise (color-wise)... Nice though, whatever, lol.
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Aren't emeralds supposed to be green? Those look more like turquoise (color-wise)... Nice though, whatever, lol.
    Facet grade emeralds are usually green. These are from Brazil (cheap) and they do have a little bit more blue tinge in them. These are not solid emeralds: the grey stuff is a smokey quartz matrix holding the emeralds. I don't think these stones are clear enough to see dichroism (which emeralds have), I think it is just the lighting in the photo.


    Image above is of the same material: the first image has an LED light pressed up against it, and the second is at ambient room light.
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    I had bought a piece of slag glass off of Ebay to tumble it.
    I thought it looked pretty clean to start with.



    Slag Glass is considered one of the more 'advanced' materials to tumble because it is softer than many types of rock (and even many forms of obsidian).



    Shining a LED flashlight through the finished piece gives a crazy photo (below).
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    As with all translucent tumbled stones/gemstones you are able to see just deep enough into them to spot the imperfections. Camera flash doesn't help: makes a bit of an odd photo.

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    A video is better to show under normal light.

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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    That blue glass is an amazing colour
    Snakes awsome too
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

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    That blue glass is an amazing colour
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    Thanks! The chunk of glass was a tricky one: I could not polish it in the tumbler because the glass was too heavy and soft and the plastic pellets I normally use as cushioning could still scratch the surface at the final polish stage. Eventually I prepared a 2 micron Aluminum oxide paste on a cloth and finished it by hand over the course of a few hours...tedious work, but, not bad to pass the time if you are just watching D grade horror movies on Netflix.
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

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    Rock python?
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