The pictures below show what was found on the March 27 dig at my new pay to dig agate site in Paint Rock Valley , Alabama.
Photos on this page courtesy of: Jeff Edwards Mickey Cecil David Braswell Rodney Moore Chris Painter Keith Phagan
Pictures below show slabs and a piece found on March 14 .
If you're interested in joining us to collect some agate yourself , check out the Alabama agate page.
Here the gemmy red carnelian agate is spotted in the wild & is seen as nodules in limestone. At lower elevations you can find these as fracture free nodules that have weathered out of matrix. My chisel wasn't working well on these shown here.
Chris Painter is cutting a cabochon from the Trenton Cherry agate rough found by Bryant North on the March 27, 2010 agate hunt .
Chris had to saw a slice off the piece to yield a flat surface or a ' slab '. Next, he marked the outline for the desired size and shape -in this case, an oval. After trimming out the oval shape it was glued to a "dop stick" using dop wax.
The above photos show how the preform which is glued to a dop stick is ground with a grinding wheel into the domed shape of a cabochon. Next , the finishing touches of smoothing the dome. Lastly, it will get a high polish. The photos below show the prepolish and polish stages and finally the finished paint rock agate cabochon ( Trenton Cherry ).