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Nov 15th, 2015 at 2:25pm
 
I am trying to find some turquoise sand to fill defects. I am finding turquoise that runs from Sky blue to light green. IMHO turquoise lands some where in between. Where do y'all get your inlay material. Hobby Lobby is the only place I have found any. It is very blue. Any helpful hints?
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Reply #1 - Nov 15th, 2015 at 7:58pm
 
Turquoise naturally runs from white through the blues to green.  I have been using the Turquoise colored Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register with CA or epoxy.  It is kind of like ground up TruStone.  I had been buying it at Woodcraft.  They don't list it on their website, but they had it in the local store last time.
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Reply #2 - Nov 15th, 2015 at 10:50pm
 
Alot depends on where it is mined. I get all my mineral when we have the Gem and Mineral show come through town. If I can find my contacts ill let you know.
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Reply #3 - Nov 16th, 2015 at 3:46pm
 
I got some ground turquoise from Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register a few years ago. I have used it on several projects and color comes out great after sanding. I used with 5 minute epoxy.

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Reply #4 - Nov 16th, 2015 at 7:57pm
 
You can crush your own also. I go to Hobby Lobby's bead section & look for natural stones (they're on strings) and crush them myself. That way I get the exact color & size I want.
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Reply #5 - Nov 25th, 2015 at 11:30pm
 
Tom, I'm like Jim and use the granular Inlace turquoise.  I also mix it with brass key filing that gives it a more natural appearance.  The only place that I have been able to find it is a online company called Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register.
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Reply #6 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 9:40am
 
I've bought Chinese nuggets off eBay and crush my own. Good prices and free shipping.
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Reply #7 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 9:47am
 
Richard and Steve--What do you use to crush your turquoise nuggets?
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Reply #8 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 12:42pm
 
Steve
I have seen a post someone got some either 3" or 4" black iron pipe put a cap on it & cut to length you want. this holds the stone to be crushed. Then they take some 1" gas pipe & put cap on it you can even put something inside to give it more weight. then pound until it's as small as you like or pound until your hearts content
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Reply #9 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 8:42am
 
Go to Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register and give them a call and ask for floor sweepings. Despite what its called its pretty clean turquoise.
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Reply #10 - Nov 28th, 2015 at 9:00am
 
I spent a month in Colorado with some fellow rock hunters and found some nice turquoise.  To crush it, I use a 1" wide piece of re-bar dropping it repeatedly in a can.  The can I use is an Asparagus can because it is taller than most, yet narrow so the crushing area is not so large. I then filter it through various screens to get the size i need, dropping the larger pieces back into the can to be crushed. 

Another trick I found out about was from a guy that works on body repairs on airplanes.  He mixed baking powder and CA glue to repair fiberglass areas on airplanes. It hardens like cement.  His wife was a woodturner and she mixed food coloring to make her filing. So between the two of them we have a similar product sold at woodturning stores for a fraction of the cost. 

So I can also mix my own turquoise, when needed,  1/4 cup baking powder, 15 drops of blue food coloring and 3 drops of green food coloring in a zip lock bag.  Kneed until well blended.  It will appear light in the bag.  To test the color, remove a little and drop water on it.  Different food coloring can make a difference.  So I usually will test the color with each new batch I make before using. Once mixed I place the powder into a small bottle with a spout, so I can just squeeze the amount needed into the hole. To use it, I put thin CA in the crack or hole to seal the area. Put a little mix in and drop a few more drops of CA over the mix. (the chemical reaction may cause it to smoke a little, do not breath the smoke). I'll will often use a toothpick to push the powder into smaller areas that need filled or pop any bubbles created.  Layer the mix and CA until it is slightly above the filled area so that it can be turned or sanded smooth.   You can mix any color you wish with this mixture.   

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Reply #11 - Nov 28th, 2015 at 10:32am
 
I use a 1" piece of pipe w/ endcap & then I took a threaded rod that fit the largest nut I could fit in the pipe. Doubled the nut and turned a handle for the rod. You can make it as fine or chunky as you want...
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Reply #12 - Nov 28th, 2015 at 10:36am
 
If you use brass shavings from a key machine make sure you run a magnet over it to get out any steel shavings so they don't rust.
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Reply #13 - Nov 28th, 2015 at 12:49pm
 
Kathy - great idea. We have some boxes of baking power that we just replaced in the refrigerators so I will give this a try.

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Reply #14 - Nov 28th, 2015 at 1:56pm
 
Like several others I welded a bottom plate on a 8" tall 1 1/2" pipe and use an 3/4" steel rod 12" long to crush the stone. You can also just use a cap on a threaded pipe. I prefer the welded base plate because I can stand it on my shop bench and hammer on the rod when crushing.
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