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Removing lepidolite from tourmaline

Posted by Jenna Mast  
Jenna Mast February 04, 2012 05:13AM

Does anyone have any suggestions from removing a lepidolite/clevelandite matrix from tourmaline? I thought this would be less challenging than the pure clevelandite matrix but the lepidolite is proving to be very ductile and "sticky", whereas clevelandite eventually fractures and chips off.
Craig Mercer February 15, 2012 04:27AM
Jenna, I have cleaned loads of this stuff off, and there is only one way that really works. Grab yourself a sharp knife, a pin, non abrasive scouring pad, a few different agents like Jif and citrus, a carton of beer ;-) and enjoy the experience.

One of my mates has also has some success with an engraver with different attachments......carefully though.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/15/2012 04:46AM by Craig Mercer.
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