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Posted 4/16/2008 12:27:55 PM
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I am very excited by the idea to use my new Dremel 300 to carve stones and rocks. Can anyone provide or direct me to the best sources of information on this? For example, what types of stones and rocks will carve best with the Dremel, what others are doing, where to obtain materials, etc.?
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Posted 4/16/2008 2:28:21 PM


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Welcome ploni, I do some carving in stone and glass I have carved stone as hard as granite which I think is an 8 on hardness with diamond being 10. So I would say you can find local rocks for free. If not come to the Ozark's were I live we will give you a train load.

As far as working the stone I use silicone carbide stones the blue/green ones, and I also use diamond bits. I free hand all I do but sometimes I use a magic marker to lay something out.

If you have more questions don't be shy just ask.

Doug


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Posted 4/16/2008 2:38:09 PM
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Thanks much for responding, Doug.

Where would I purchase rocks according to hardness rating?

Can I see photos of your work?

Have a blessed day as well.

ploni

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Posted 4/16/2008 3:17:29 PM


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Go to a geology website you should be able to find a hardness chart.
Sedimentary rock is the softest, then metamorphic, and last igneus -

"igneous rock is rock formed by solidification from a molten state; especially from molten magma"; "igneous fusion is fusion by heat alone" like granite, carbide and diamonds

"metamorphic stage"; "marble is a metamorphic rock that takes a high polish" flint or chert and others

"sedimentary deposits" layers layed down by an ocean like shale

I don't know where to buy rocks we have so many here of all three types that I have never bought one.

I have a problem getting pictures on this website I don't have any right now but I can take some and figure out how to get them to you. I don't have anything at the house I have sold it or give it away but I can go get some pics.



Doug


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Posted 4/16/2008 3:32:36 PM


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Found a hardness scale go here

http://www.bestcrystals.com/hardness.html

Doug


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Posted 4/16/2008 6:30:48 PM
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Got to step out for a bit.

Thanks, Doug.

I'll try to respond later this evening.

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Posted 4/16/2008 8:53:48 PM
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Thanks, Doug. I've got more questons:

Are there certain stones or rocks (by the way, what's the difference?) that are more resistant to cracking while carving them? And for that matter, chipping?

Can your recommend Web site for beginners?

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Posted 4/17/2008 6:48:03 AM


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The hard stone will not crack as easy as soft but you can work either one.

If you go to this message and go to sam's website he has some files there that you can download one is on stone and glass its in adobe acrobat file so its easy and safe to download they are free.

http://www.dremel.com/dremelmessageboard/Topic3678-21-1.aspx

Doug


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Posted 4/17/2008 2:18:25 PM
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Thanks for all your input, Doug.
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Posted 1/9/2009 12:12:06 PM
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at first i started by going to a local dry streambed but since its winter i got lazy and i dont like the cold so one day while a friend needed to stop by a local dollar tree stroe i decided to go in, whilst looking at the candle holders i noticed they had flat stone candle holders of 2 stone varieties and 2 different kinds of shapes one square and one circular, im not sure exactly what sort of stone they are but one is deffinitely a kind of orange/pink sandstone that i primarily use the green/blue stone bits to carve altho it can easily eat them apart if i press too hard and the other kind of candle holder is a sort of green slate with granite mixed in it seems but i cant be certain and for those i generally use the orange aluminum oxide orange stone bits with minimal bit wear and also use the ez-lock steel cutting disks which work like a charm for strait lines and shaping although when i tried the disks on the sandstone i was not impressed so you need to play around and find out how each stone and bit are going to be affected by one another. if your curious to see some of the work i've done so far tho feel free to goto the following link and check them out, i know im still young in the field but i have a feeling im gonna have a blast as time passes


http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=186823923&albumId=1472095

happy dremeling
Ash
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