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-- TUCSON -- Joe Rubin Reports...
-- TUCSON’S FAR FLUNG VISITORS
-- KIDS DAY AT THE TGMS
-- SPECTRA ULTRA LAPS
-- CONCAVE FACET – an article by Dalan Hargrave
-- We're on FACEBOOK!
To all of you in the Ultra Tec family.
TUCSON -- Joe Rubin Reports...
want to thank the folks who came by to visit us at the Tucson Gem and
Mineral Show. We were in the Convention Center—the old time “main
show”—a location I still like. We approached it with some trepidation –
we hadn’t been there the year before, and we’d heard the stories of how
slow it was in ’09 – with the economy teetering so badly. This year –
I’m happy to say, it was busy for us (and most of the dealers around
reported “much much better than last year”). We were introducing the
Concave and Fantasy machines, and for many of the Ultra Tec faceters
coming by, it was an introduction to the DAD—and all of that drew pretty
Robert Mendoza and I worked the show – Robert
demonstrated the mounting of the DAD – that’s what he was doing in the
photo (he’s with professional cutter Pat Kelley in the picture – Robert
on the left. Pat’s an old time Ultra Tec faceter, and now a new DAD
TUCSON’S FAR FLUNG VISITORS
very nice thing about The Tucson Show is that it gives us a chance to
visit with some of our “far flung” Ultra Tec Representatives. And, you
could hardly get more “far flung” then the two in these pictures – one
from about 6000 miles to the west, Hiroki Hori of Japan, the other from
about 6000 miles to the east, Hubert Heldner of Switzerland. Nice people
– good friends – super faceters.
KIDS DAY AT THE TGMS
may years, the Gem and Mineral Show with the cooperation of the Tucson
schools, designates a special day for the kids of Tucson. It’s an
educational event that the kids really enjoy. It means opening an hour
early on that day, and some dealers grump about it – but it is something
that I really enjoy.
We always set up a faceting machine where we can invite the kids to cut
a facet or two. Seeing their faces light up is wonderful. It’s nice when
some kid sneaks back from his group and says “Hey, that was great. Can I
do another one?” Of course the answer is yes and I let that student know
that she (this year’s most persistant young faceter was a girl) is
gooood! When I offer them a steady job at faceting—skip all that school
stuff—they generally retreat (not always).
SPECTRA ULTRA LAPS
has become the most popular of the Ultra Laps --and if you’ve been
trying to get them recently, you’ve learned that they are in short
supply. That sparked a situation in which people were doubling up on
orders (“a run on Spectra”) – and we’ve had a short period of being out
of stock. But--we do have them in stock right now, and we’re coping with
it (but yes, it’s moving quickly).
Spectra is a special milling of Cerium Oxide, and is specially good for
Quartz materials and Beryls. Now, it’s hard to take an exciting picture
of a lap – but Spectra’s distinctive blue color identifies it – so
here’s a pic. We supply Spectra in packages of 10 – typically an Ultra
Lap will do a number of stones (I used to get rid of them if some of the
polish material skived down to the plastic film carrier, but I’ve
learned that they can be continued in use—the skived edge being quite
effective in polishing.
The 10 piece SPECTRA package is item number M8101 and is $25.
While you’re at it you may want to consider the Ultra Lap “lineup”
— these are all packages of 10 – all $19/pkg.
Aluminum Oxide item no. M.8111
Tin Oxide item no. M.8104
Chrome Oxide item no. M.8105
CONCAVE FACET – an article by Dalan Hargrave
article is from the USFG March newsletter. It is written by Dalan
Hargrave, an expert in the world of concave and fantasy gemcutting. –.
The article provides an overview of the available equipment—including
Ultra Tec’s relatively new entry into the field.
Dalan Hargrave combines exceptional imagination with innate good taste –
the results speak for themselves. A goldsmith for 25 years, he says that
he became fascinated in watching someone working on an Ultra Tec – it
was 12 years ago -- and it turned his attention to faceting. A friend
gave him an old faceting machine, and, as they say, the rest is history.
He now reports dividing his time about 50-50 between goldsmithing and
characterizes himself as “a tool guy”—and he has an array of faceting
machines, including a home-made one, and a more recently acquired Ultra
Link to Dalan's Article
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