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Angelic Orange Calcite

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Even though it is completely cold and gloomy out I’ve decided to focus my attention on Sunnier days ahead with Orange Calcite!

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Calcite and tumbler polishing don’t quite work together well. It is one of those stones that can totally disappear while being tumbled. Usually considered a tumbling process for advanced tumbler people!

I often begin my stone processing in my rotary tumblers. Any variety of Calcite that I tumble needs to be frequently checked on… I only tumble until the desired “softness” of edges has been achieved.

Then comes the handi-work, which is different for each stone. With the Calcites I use very fine grit papers first to remove the initial “crusty” appearance of the stone. I work this stage, sometimes over a period of months, for the glassiest surface shine as possible before using Titanium Oxide for the final polish.

During these steps I am consciously, unconsciously and intuitively deciding on what the piece will be:

Will it be a Wire Wrapped pendant?
A Drilled Specimen for pendant work?
A piece to be set in Polymer Clay?
Something to add to Encaustic Painting?
Or a stone for my own personal collection?

Despite Calcite being difficult to tumble because of it’s harness of 3 (out of 10 on the Mhos Scale), once it is polished it is quite durable.

My sources of Calcite comes from Brazil and rock hounding trips in Northern Ontario.

Perhaps I have such an affinity and Love for Orange Calcite, and Calcites in general, because it is the stone of the Zodiac sign of Cancer. The Orange variety especially emphasizes attributes for Cancerians of which I am a text book example.

Orange Calcite has an important effect on the 2nd Chakra. It is useful in all new beginnings, including birthing, new projects or changes. Orange Calcite is also a gemstone of wisdom, especially for those in charge of other’s fates.

                                How do you imagine Orange Calcite’s effect on you?

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Rock n Roll

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This week there is no rock of the week.  This week all of the rocks are a rolling!

My lapidary cart has everything I need for the gemstone tumbling process, including two Lortone double barrel rotary tumblers.

I spend on average up to 10 hours a week on maintenance: oiling the machinery, changing the slurry and grit, cutting slabs and pre-shaping rough rock to be tumbled. 

Mondays and Fridays are my rock days.  I get to witness what trans-formative wonders are revealed through the tumbling process.  Today is Monday so after I write this I will be checking on my tumblers.

This month they contain Emeralds, Indian Rubies, Laboradite, Amethyst, Extra Red Rose Quartz, Yellow and Black Jaspers, Carnelian and Tourmaline among others.

The tumbling process can take up to 8 weeks…so patience (and caution) is a must!

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