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Dust
whatgluewasthat
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Member Since: December 09, 2016
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Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 09:29 AM UTC
I dont have many tips but this one is red hot.

In Australia, where the Opal comes from, the mud it is found in is of the smallest particle size yoou will find anywhere. It is a lot smaller than silica so less than .05 microns is my guess. This is finer than cerium oxide, aluminium oxide etc that is used in polishing.

You can get a lump of this mud from anyone that cuts Opals, it is in the bottom of their cutting tray and a pest,

Here is a tiny speck, smallest I could drop, then I blew on it and half went up in the air and you can see how much covers and this is not as fine as it gets coz I scraped it off with my fingernail. Its very good for cheap.



Pics here http://gallery3.kitmaker.net/showgallery.php/ppuser/73230/cat/500
Vicious
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Queensland, Australia
Member Since: September 04, 2015
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Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 02:59 PM UTC
mmmm...i have to give it a go...there is a guy work with Opals down the road...
mogdude
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Member Since: June 18, 2012
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 05:11 AM UTC
Some place to find it in the USA ?


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I dont have many tips but this one is red hot.

In Australia, where the Opal comes from, the mud it is found in is of the smallest particle size yoou will find anywhere. It is a lot smaller than silica so less than .05 microns is my guess. This is finer than cerium oxide, aluminium oxide etc that is used in polishing.

You can get a lump of this mud from anyone that cuts Opals, it is in the bottom of their cutting tray and a pest,

Here is a tiny speck, smallest I could drop, then I blew on it and half went up in the air and you can see how much covers and this is not as fine as it gets coz I scraped it off with my fingernail. Its very good for cheap.



Pics here http://gallery3.kitmaker.net/showgallery.php/ppuser/73230/cat/500

Knuckles
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Oregon, United States
Member Since: March 09, 2017
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 07:40 AM UTC
Airbrushing "Rainmarks" effects (whiteish product, I use one from MIG) gives very similar results.