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    Aug 2019
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    Tourmaline from Sweden

    Hi, I have just started collecting minerals and have been visiting a mine area close to where I live in north of Sweden.
    Thought I would share some of my findings with you. Would love to hear what you think, I don't really know what to expect to be a "good find" yet, as I just started this hobby.

    Also, I wonder if iron-out would help to clean up some of the tourmalines?

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    papa

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    Interesting specimen finds. Thanks for sharing those.
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    us
    Sep 2017
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    I use super iron out "powder" when cleaning all my rocks and minerals, stuff works very well, try it on just one specimen first,I cleaned up black tourmaline good with it. One of the most important steps is to soak whatever you clean in super iron out in fresh water for at least 2 or 3× the amount of time, if you soak them in SIO for 48hours, soak them in fresh water for 4 to 6 days afterwards changing the water daily for best results.
    If you want the wet look, a really easy way is buy a can of rustoleum gloss×2 uv protection and give it an even light coat or for even better results I put a specimen in acetone then I spray the acetone with the same stuff then let it evaporate, it fills in any cracks and comes out gorgeous,even and shiny. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES AND GLOVES!
    Steve.
    Last edited by Steve1236; Aug 12, 2019 at 05:45 AM.
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    Aug 2019
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    Thanks for the advice! Will try the ironout on a small rock, might try the wet look trick aswell
    Last edited by Tourmalinemadness; Aug 12, 2019 at 10:35 AM.
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    us
    Sep 2017
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    Super iron out "powder" only

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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    The green tourmaline is called Elbaite. That and the blue are from lithium rich pegmatites, which are igneous (volcanic) in origin. You've got some nice specimens there.
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    Jul 2018
    Wisconsin
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    Steve do you have any finished examples of the acetone/spray gloss method? I am always looking for new ideas to achieve wet look results.



    Quote Originally Posted by Steve1236 View Post
    I use super iron out "powder" when cleaning all my rocks and minerals, stuff works very well, try it on just one specimen first,I cleaned up black tourmaline good with it. One of the most important steps is to soak whatever you clean in super iron out in fresh water for at least 2 or 3× the amount of time, if you soak them in SIO for 48hours, soak them in fresh water for 4 to 6 days afterwards changing the water daily for best results.
    If you want the wet look, a really easy way is buy a can of rustoleum gloss×2 uv protection and give it an even light coat or for even better results I put a specimen in acetone then I spray the acetone with the same stuff then let it evaporate, it fills in any cracks and comes out gorgeous,even and shiny. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES AND GLOVES!
    Steve.
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    Jul 2018
    Wisconsin
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    careful with iron out on some stuff...test a small sample that you dont really care about first before doing a batch. I had some nice feldspars turn green on me recently....reduced the iron from fe III to feII. Also make sure you do it outside or in a ventilated area.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tourmalinemadness View Post
    Thanks for the advice! Will try the ironout on a small rock, might try the wet look trick aswell

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    us
    Sep 2017
    Az
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    Fuss, If the iron out turned green as well, stick them back in hot water and a little super iron out. Give me a minute on looking for a example, I sell most everything I prospect but let me have a look.

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    Sep 2017
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    Ok I found one I did about two years ago in the garage, this was one I was practicing on, I didn't clean it very well before I gave it the wet look, you can see dirt still under it lol but two years in a hot Az garage covered in dust and not cleaned very good, I'd have to say it works pretty well.

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    Last edited by Steve1236; Aug 13, 2019 at 04:26 PM.
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    Aug 2019
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    Nice Steve, looks like it's been out in the rain, calcite?
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    No it's a fire agate/chalcedony with druzy quartz specimen, there's a lot of calcite out where I gather and dig for fire agates though.
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    Some of the nicer calcite out there...
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  15. #15
    se
    Sep 2006
    Sweden
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    The blue tourmalines are stunning for being from Sweden. We don't get tourmalines all that often.
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    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

 

 
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