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Great Day in the patch today (Added Pics)
« on: July 09, 2011, 06:56:54 PM »
Jade patch that is... found about 9 pounds of olive green nephrite

Enjoy, I know I will!

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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2011, 07:07:01 PM »
Wow...I'm a little surprised you can find Jade in Wyoming. I know they mine it in BC.

That's awesome!

edit: OK...a little google informs me everytime.  :) Wyoming Jade.  ;)
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2011, 07:40:26 PM »
so what do you do with it?
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011, 07:57:01 PM »
so what do you do with it?
Hoard it...or not.  There is a market for it and things made from it..... ???
These are things I made
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011, 11:31:59 PM »
Make a tap!
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 05:46:14 AM »
Make a tap!

Good Idea and do-able   :P
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2011, 07:37:35 AM »
Jade tap handles-very cool idea! ;)
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2011, 09:01:27 AM »
Jade tap handles-very cool idea! ;)
Even Jade inlays..... ;D
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2011, 03:08:08 PM »
What do you use to grind it to your desired shape?

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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2011, 03:27:25 PM »
That sculpture was done using a Foredom Flex Shaft and Diamond points...similar to a dentists arsenal.

The lapidary grinding and polishing and buffing Is accomplished with a progression of Silicon Carbide
Grits like  100 >>220>>>400>>>600>>>1200>>>>then polish steps
Wheels,belts and Water for cooling.....the polishing is done with things like aluminum oxide,
Cerium Oxide , linde polish... using a slurry of water and a rapidly spinning moist leather pad....
Some opt for diamond impregnated pastes to walk thru to the polish...and for good reason.
 
You must clean in between grit progressions else you will contaminate your work and ruinate it...
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2011, 07:17:24 PM »
Looks like you have all of the equipment. Sounds fun and nice job. 

While I can grind, polish and shine, I lack the artistic skills to make anything that looks like something. I would start with a big rock and end up with dust.  :'(

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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2011, 08:41:30 PM »
Quote from: Jack Handy
I remember how my Great Uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint.
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2011, 09:16:16 PM »
Thanks Tom. I needed that giggle.....
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Re: Great Day in the patch today (pic)
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2011, 09:17:58 PM »
Bump

Got some kewl pix today of some top quality jade from this area...

me sitting on top of a 2700lb boulder of Jade


Some REAL REAL nice specimens...


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Re: Great Day in the patch today (Added Pics)
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2011, 09:34:49 PM »
 Pretty sweet! I missed this thread the first time. Cool stuff you made. Ever do that tap handle? That is a really sweet idea.
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