In the shop 1/22/2013 - WOW! MARCASITE

Discussion in 'Art In Stone' started by Redrummd, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    I have a new stone I was able to get a small amount of that I have never seen this version of before and that is Marcasite in Quartz. I was able to get a few slabs from a collection that are probably 90% Marcasite which is mostly iron. In fact I have attached a photo of long stack of magnets sticking to the side of one of the scales.

    I believe I will be having problems getting good photos as the Marcasite acts as a gold colored mirror. You can clearly see the camera and my hands in a couple of the photos I took.

    So, let me know what you think of this stone.

    I also included a photo of the heater being guarded by my two shop dogs with my wife's new puppy up visiting. I think Ginger was over doing the heater protection a wee bit.... :)
     

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  2. testdw

    testdw

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    Feb 3, 2011
    Mike,

    The Marcasite in Quartz looks very interesting. It's difficult to be sure exactly what it would look like in hand, but the gold colored mirror effect looks dynamic. It also looks like it has a great polish finish. I think you have another winner that I would be interested in purchasing.

    Thanks for the dog photo. I looks like Ginger runs the shop.

    Happy Days,
    Dennis
     
  3. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    I am hoping Lance drops in on this thread as he was in my shop when I was doing the preform scales for this knife and I gave him a polished piece to take with him.
     
  4. hohenstreetroa

    hohenstreetroa

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    May 22, 2010
  5. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    Lance, Wow, great job on the photos.

    Thanks!
     
  6. testdw

    testdw

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    Feb 3, 2011
    Lance,

    You have 2nd calling in life.......photography. Great photo's to see the Quartz and the mirror reflective qualities. They are extremely helpful to see the Marcasite characteristics. Now I know for sure that Mike's new stone will be outstanding. Thanks for all your time, Lance.

    Dennis
     
  7. dgedra

    dgedra

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    Jan 10, 2010
    Michael,

    This is a most interesting (and beautiful) material. The excellent photos by Lance really help capture its visual properties. Since Marcasite is mostly iron, do you find it more dirty/messy to work with than most materials? My Dad was a machinist for many years and told me that working with iron was significantly dirtier work than working with steel as it created lots of black iron dust... The finished 110 is nothing short of stunning and will certainly be in high demand.

    Thank you to all for sharing.

    Dave
     
  8. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    Double post due to computer time out!
     
  9. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    This Marcasite and the black Psilomelane are both UGLY to work with. They turn everything black and if there is the tiniest hole in my gloves my skin is literally dyed black and it takes a couple of days to wear off! My fingernails and cuticals are black until I cut off the sections exposed.
     
  10. testdw

    testdw

    72
    Feb 3, 2011
    Mike,

    Those 3 blue knives also look like excellent beauties. What stones are they? The smaller Case knife seems to be well Agatized.

    Dennis
     
  11. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    The photos have int he background a Case barehead Peanut in Arizona Wood. There is a Buck 110 with Bouse Az Chrysocolla, a Buck 110 with Peruvian Malachite/Chrysocolla and a Case Seahorse with Vulture Mt. Chrysocolla in Quartz.
     
  12. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 9, 2011
    Really cool!

    We have that material locally and it is just incredible in person when polished up. That is a really choice piece for the scales! Nice work.
     
  13. testdw

    testdw

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    Feb 3, 2011
    Mike,

    All four of those look great. Especially like the Case Seahorse Chrysocolla in Quartz ...... looks like my cup of tea. Anxious to see the photos.

    Dennis
     
  14. 9blades

    9blades

    Dec 29, 2012
    First off that's a beautiful knife!

    And it made me think of this little gem I found while I was walking along the railroad track......
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    It's a piece of copper iron sulfide.
     
  15. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    I finally remembered to actually post pictures of a knife finished with this Marcasite in Quartz! The dark looking spots in the show side first photo is a reflection of something. It is tough to take pictures as the Marcasite has a mirror like polish that looks like an antique mirror.
     

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  16. Redrummd

    Redrummd

    May 21, 2007
    Darrell Gulin took a couple of photos of the knife I have listed on my website and combined the two photos into one. Here is his photo of the knife and this stone.
     

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