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.
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.