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Limonite and cuprite?

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looks like you hit a mother load lol.  Id pick up everything you see you can smelt into material.  try it out.

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The glassy red stuff is actually jasper (technically in the chert family, along with true flint and chalcedony, all are just semivitreous massive quartz).  Native Americans loved it for making stuff, as red is a sacred color. It's somewhat rare, you should sell it to knappers!

Roasting is easy.  Just build a fire and throw the ore on it.  I use a 55 gallon barrel with 2" holes drilled around the base, Lee Sauder and Skip Williams use a large metal pan.  You just need to bring the ore to a low red and hold it for about an hour.  Since it will be strongly magnetic after roasting, a big magnet will fish it all out of the ashes.  It will also be easy to crush into pea-sized bits with a hammer or even pliers.  Except magnetite.  That stuff stays hard.  It helps to quench it from a red heat to shatter it.

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Well, more boring news about rocks here. 

I joined a knapping/primitive skills forum trying to pedal the stuff off to them. Apparently this is no good for knapping. You might in fact need to take some nyquil to knap with this stuff. 

It was interesting to me. They have a whole community with a knowlage base of skill, technique, and the science behind knapping... I might try it if I ever get bored with bladesmithing. 

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17 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

if I ever get bored with bladesmithing

Please refrain from saying such offensive things on this forum.  

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20 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

You might in fact need to take some nyquil to knap with this stuff. 

That is cutting edge humor.

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4 hours ago, Joshua States said:

That is cutting edge humor.

I see what you did there! ^_^

Sorry @Jerrod Miller! I uh,,,, meant that if I even could get bored of such an amazing thing (which I can't) then I may try knapping... You know, hypothetically of course! Not that it could happen... :ph34r:

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Posted (edited)
On 4/14/2019 at 4:52 PM, Zeb Camper said:

I might try it if I ever get bored with bladesmithing. 

Reading that was like a knife to my heart......  

 

Oh well I tried :rolleyes::P

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20 hours ago, Conner Michaux said:

 

 

Oh well I tried :rolleyes::P

Obviously not as masterful as Mr. States's sharp remark, but it'll do! 

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23 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

I see what you did there! ^_^

Sorry @Jerrod Miller! I uh,,,, meant that if I even could get bored of such an amazing thing (which I can't) then I may try knapping... You know, hypothetically of course! Not that it could happen... :ph34r:

Why not just do both there problem solved lol.

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55 minutes ago, AndrewB said:

Why not just do both there problem solved lol.

Don't you have a good anvil waiting at home? What if she heard that you might be using a rock in favor of her? Would she say

"did I disappoint you? 

Leave a bad taste in your mouth? 

You act like you never had love. 

And you want meeee to go withooouuuuut!"? 

 

 

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