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Mineral Silicon Carbide stone

Mineral Silicon Carbide stone.

This stone is very pretty to look at. It has sparkles all over.

Silicon Carbide is used for  a sharper,  polisher, grinding and more.

Silicon Carbide Stones. The Norton Crystolon Stones are made from silicon carbide (SiC).

These stones are available in coarse, medium and fine grits.

Norton’s Crystolon stones are sold in shades of gray in color (the lighter stones are fine while the darker stones are darker gray.

The Norton Crystolon stones are sometimes called Carborundum stones.

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Real Mineral Collection.

Find out more about minerals first by seeing what they look like.

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Buying Mineral for Collecting.

When buying Mineral/Gemstones, you should think about postage.

Buy a few pieces. one piece will cost the same in freight.

Real Mineral Collection.

Blue Aragonite.

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Orange Calcite.

Orange Calcite.

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Black Obsidian

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Quartz Point

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Rose Quartz
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Sand Rose.

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Silicon Carbide.

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Try Collecting Minerals. Learn about all the different minerals and what they are used for.

All the minerals above are all bought. Check out my collection of minerals/Gemstones. Natural Amethyst found by me.

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Bismuth Mineral. Crystals

Bismuth Mineral is , brittle, steel-gray metal with a pinkish tinge.
The most common bismuth minerals are bismuthinite and bismite, but most bismuth is recovered as a by-product from lead processing.

Bismuth is a moderately priced metal, costing more than copper, lead, and zinc, cost much less than gold or silver does.

Bismuth Uses.

Bismuth is used in a number of very different applications. Almost none of the uses is for pure metallic bismuth. The majority is consumed in bismuth alloys, and in pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The remainder is used in ceramics, paints, catalysts, and a variety of minor applications.


Industry uses bismuth in a variety of other applications. Bismuth is a catalyst in the production of acrylic fibers. Bismuth replaces lead in some ceramic glazes and paints, because bismuth is non-toxic.

How to make Bismuth Crystal.

Bismuth is one of the easiest and prettiest metal crystals that you can grow yourself. The crystals have a complex and fascinating geometric hopper form and are rainbow-colored from the oxide layer that quickly forms on them. Follow these step-by-step instructions to grow your own bismuth crystals.

Items Needed.

Bismuth mineral. Stainless steel bowls. (for Measuring). And a Stove top. Saucepan you do not want to use again after melting Bismuth.

To buy bismuth metal. Bismuth is readily available from online retailers, such as Amazon

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Melting Point.

Bismuth has a low melting point (271°C or 520°F), so it is easy to melt over high cooking heating. You are going to grow the crystals by melting the bismuth in a metal “dish” (which will have a higher melting point than the bismuth), separate the pure bismuth from its impurities, allow the bismuth to crystallize, and pour away the remaining liquid bismuth from the crystals before it freezes around the crystals. None of this is difficult, but it takes some practice to get the cooling time just right. Don’t worry—if your bismuth freezes you can remelt it and try again.

Step By Step Guide to making Bismuth Crystals.

Place the bismuth in one of your metal dishes and heat it over high heat until it melts. It’s a good idea to wear gloves that protects you from hot surfaces, since you are producing a molten metal, which is not going to do you any favors if it splashes onto your skin. You’ll see a skin on the surface of the bismuth, which is normal.

Preheat the other metal container. Carefully pour the melted bismuth into the heated clean container. You want to pour the clean bismuth out from under the gray skin, which contains impurities which would negatively affect your crystals. Watch the video (bottom of Post) for other ideas.

Set the clean bismuth in its new container on a heat-insulated surface (e.g., set the container back on the burner, but turn the power off). The cooling rate of the bismuth affects the size and structure of the resulting crystals, so you can play with this factor. Generally, slower cooling produces larger crystals. You do not want to cool the bismuth until it is solid!

When the bismuth has started to solidify, you want to pour the remaining liquid bismuth away from the solid crystals. This happens after about 30 seconds of cooling. You can tell it is about the right time to pour the liquid away from your crystals when the bismuth is set, but has just a little jiggle to it

Once the crystals have cooled, you can snap them out of the metal container. If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your crystals, remelt and cool the metal until it is just right.

This You Tube Video will show you all the steps to making Bismuth Crystal.

I hope you enjoy this small bit of information on the mineral Bismuth. I have ordered my Bismuth, I am going to make some bismuth Crystals too.

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Minerals – Chemical Element. Aluminium-Antimony-Antimonly-Alum-Argon-Arsenic.

A Mineral is a Chemical element or compound occurring in nature as a result of inorganic Processes, and where is roughly 100 elements and everything in every kingdom is composed of either a simple pure element or a complex combination of elements.

Well known, gold, copper, iron, carbon and hydrogen– others are curiosities to the layman such as Lanthanum, Xenon or Polonium.

The percentage of minerals in the earth are. Oxygen-46.6, Silicon-27.72, Aluminium-8.13, Iron-5.00, Calcium-3.63, Sodium 2.83, Potassium-2.59, Magnesium-2.09, Titanium 0.44, Hydrogen 0.14, Arsenic 0.00005, Molybdenum- 0.0001, Mercury0.000005, Antimony 0.00002, Silver 0.00001, Gold 0.0000005, Tungsten 0.0001, Phosphorous 0.11, Manganese 0.10, Flourine 0.07, Sulphur 0.05, Strontium 0.05, Barium 0.04, Carbon 0.03, Chlorine 0.02, Chromium 0.02, Zircmium 0.02, Nickel 0.0080, Zinc 0.0065, Copper 0.0045, Cobait 0.0023, ead 0.0015, Tin 0.0003, Platinum 0.0000005.

Minerals and their uses:

METALLURGY–Flourite, Bauxite, Graphite.

FUELS & CHEMICAL INDUSTRY –Salt Suiphur, Borax, Coal, Oil, and Gas.

BUILDING TRADES–Stone, cement (gypsum) and Petroleum.

FERTILISERS–Phosphates, Potash Nitrates, Calcites.

CERAMICS– Clays, Feldspars and Quartz.

ABRASIVES–Diamond, Garnet, Quartz, and Corundum.


ALUMINIUM from Alumen or Alum discovered in 1827 the most abundant metal and 3rd most abundant element, it competes with iron.

ALUMINIUM oxide dissolves in melted cryolite, which is found in commercial quantities in Western Greenland, and it melts at a very low temperature

The Separation process occurs in a cardon lined container with carbon bars inserted into this container, an electrical current runs through the solution, between the cars and drags the aluminium atoms away from the oxygen atoms and settle as motten metal on the bottom of the container. This is simply poured off.

Aluminium alloyed with other metals achieve steel strength, corrosion resistance ect: Duraium is a good example which ia 4% copper, 1% mangamese, 1% Magnesium , with the balance being aluminium. Duraiem is not quite as strong as steel and is only 1/3 of the weight.

Aluminium makes an excellent electrical conductor and for this reason is used in long distance wires replacing copper wiring which because of its weight created great problems over any long distance. The aluminium takes more current than copper and it does not corrode, but oxygen from the air attacks the surface and coats it with a very thin layer of aluminium oxide, but once that process is complete the oxide seals off the base and no further attack can take place. It is this fact that has created our food cans to be manufactured from this mineral.

The andalucite which once was used to make our spark plugs are now manufactured from aluminium oxide.


Antimony-from Antimonos (opposed to solitude) and its symbol from Stibium or mark, it was discovered in 1450 and was initially used s an eyebrow pencil.

Amtimony is known as a sulphosalt, is silvery white, brittle and metallic and aways found in combination.

It is used in the manufacture of hard lead, as pure lead is to soft and flexible for most purposes. 12% of antimony is mixed to supply the necessary hardness, which is used for car batteries, sheet and pipe works for the chemical industry and protective sheeting for telephone cables. When the percentage of antimony is low, the thin lead sheets are used for toothpaste tubes.

Antimony plus lead metal can be so hard it is used for schrapnel, bullet cores and the oxide of this mineral prevent material from burning. The obvious uses then are as fire proofing spray for canvas, paint as well as a non burn paint for ship hulls.

Antimony Sulphide. Reflects infra red light exactly as does green tree foliage and is therefore used as a camofoliage paint against infra red spying.

Saftey matches possess 3% antimony in the match head and 8% on the striker.

Plastic floor tiles have an oxide of antimony and because it burns with a bluish flame it is used in fireworks.

Stibnite is the most common ore of antimony and this is mined as oxide.

Antimonly (Potassium Tartrate) is highly poisonous and is used as an emetic and a mordant in dyeing.

ALUM – This is a double sulphate of ammonium or a uni-valent metal of sodium or potassium and a tri-valent metal of aluminium, iron or chromium.

Important for use as astringents, emetics, baking powder, dyes and in manufacture of paper.

ARGON- An inert colourless and odourless gas which constitutes 1% roughly of our atmosphere was discovered in 1894.

It’s uses: Fills the incandescent light and radio tubes and it provides an inert atmosphere in which when welding, the metals will not burn.

ARSENIC-Discovered 1250 a silvery white brittle poisonous element which is made into many compounds for insecticides, glass and medicines.

To be Continued. Next Barium.

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Posion Water Hole. Pictures.

Finding old mine site. Large holes in the country side.

Pictures of Poison water hole.

Poison water hole is between  Mount Isa And Cloncurry.

It is a big hole in the ground that has filled up with water.

The road on the side is where trucks drove down , got there load and turned around and came back up.

Mining for the Road Base. Used to build roads.