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    My friend Jay sent me a beautiful piece of Bowenite. I used it to make a pendant. That was fun so I bought a twenty pound box of Bowenite. Now I have plenty of material to practice the biconal drilling method that Matt explained. The rocks are different shades of green. I cut some rough slabs to show the different colors. Some is translucent. On the fourth piece note that the green is translucent but the white is opaque.
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    Michigan Yooper
    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

  • #2
    Oh man I was gonna send you more! I got a bunch of steatite to send you too. It makes me glad to see your enjoying this stuff as much as I do. Right on my friend
    call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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    • OnewiththewilD
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      Ummm, I don’t know if the ancient people did, but I did.

    • Ron Kelley
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      I don't remember seeing that pipe. Show me man.

    • OnewiththewilD
      OnewiththewilD commented
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      Umm, lol, I don’t post pics of them on the forum. 😉

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    call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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    • Ron Kelley
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      That's a cool pendant man. Did you use a stone drill?

    • Ron Kelley
      Ron Kelley commented
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      Bowenite sure is a cool rock. On my last piece the sky shot looks like a negative.

    • OnewiththewilD
      OnewiththewilD commented
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      Yes I did use a stone drill, one that I made and hafted

  • #4
    Beautiful stone fellas! It reminds me of green opal.
    Stagger Lee/ SE Missouri

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Broken Arrow. It's quite soft but harder than soapstone.

    • Broken Arrow
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      What formation does it come from? Is it a high copper content that gives it the color?

    • Ron Kelley
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      Yes you're right. It is a copper ore.

  • #5
    Nice workmanship out of you guys.
    Gary

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    • #6
      Making pendants has been a little mini hobby of mine for awhile now. I often find little stones that wouldn’t be good for anything else but when I sand em down and even em out I can usually get something nice. Sometimes I leave it natural and just drill the hole. The bowenite I find is usually pretty crudded up from the ocean when I find it so it takes more work than the Steatite does to get something cool. And as you know now it’s a bit more solid than the steatite, good Chlorite is kinda in between the two on the hardness scale I’d say. How would you say the Bowenite I sent you compairs to the stuff you bought?
      call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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      • Ron Kelley
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        Hey Jay, I'm not sure but I did get the impression that the new material was harder. Some of the rocks are harder than others.

    • #7
      Nice work, guys. Here is one of the better reference pages for Bowenite, including showing the places it can be found around the world. It was originally described by Rhode Island native, George Bowen, from specimens collected at Dexter Quarry, Limerock, RI. That quarry is no longer in operation. It was named by another Rhode Island geologist, James Dana. Its a semi-precious stone related to serpentine. The Maori of New Zealand made both weapons and jewelry from Bowenite. But it is not a copper ore to my knowledge.

      https://www.mindat.org/min-744.html

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      • Ron Kelley
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        Thanks Charlie, I had read on the net that it was a copper ore. Just more misinformation.

      • CMD
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        Well, Ron, I'll research that. I can't imagine how it would be, but have I been mistaken before? You bet! Just never heard that, and knowing how copper is mined and the rocks involved, I would be surprised. But I will research it deeper and see what I come up with. Having seen many raw pieces from RI, it just does not seem possible, but, like I said, I've been wrong in spades over the course of a lifetime.

      • Ron Kelley
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        Hey Charlie, I found the chemical formula and it had no Cu in it. You are right. That's why I said just more misinformation. I'm not sure it was clear what I meant.
        Last edited by Ron Kelley; 05-11-2018, 09:19 AM.

    • #8
      Jay do you have enough Steatite to make a pipe? I would be happy to pay shipping one some steatite if you have some to spare.
      TN formerly CT Visit our store http://stores.arrowheads.com/store.p...m-Trading-Post

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      • OnewiththewilD
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        Yes I do, good quality too. I went back to my brook spot a few weeks ago and loaded up on it.

      • Hoss
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        Awesome thanks man

    • #9
      Now that is a beauty of a lithic ... when I first saw this thread I was like oh boy what’s coming ...
      Nice pendant .. between you and Johnny I need to open a store ..

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      • #10
        Awesome material there! And way to get the most of it! Looking forward to seeing all the cool stuff that comes out of this thread! Thanks for sharing the great photos Ron!
        Josh (Ky/Tn collector)

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        • #11
          I’m waiting to see what you make with the new stuff!
          call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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