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 MY CUSTOM STONE CRUSHER

 

 

 

 

 

MY TOOL

 

 

For over nine years I tried to crush gemstones by various methods.  I lost many, got hit in the face many times, essentially I would consider it a very dangerous job!  Round stones become projectiles…believe me!

So I see a man on Ebay who sells gold mining tools and think:  “Wow, he might be able to design me a tool.”  The tools he was selling were far too big to crush a carat stone.  I wrote him, told him what I needed, the specifics and he made the tool by welding it, and shipped it while the metal was still hot!  He was truly what you call a “God-send”.

The tool was designed to fit flush internally with the inner base in order not to get small pieces of stones trapped in any fissure lines.  He dropped hot metal (steel) into the barrel and quickly brushed it with a steel brush to make it shiny, smooth inside.

This device is heavy, I thought it might break my scanner glass so I placed it in two scans below.  The plunger (I call it) is solid steel with a welded pipe vertically and a hollow handle welded horizontally.  It is a very powerful tool!  I destroyed some quartz (as practice pieces) in the beginning until I got the exact range to smash the stones.

The main thing I learned about using this tool is that although you are smashing very valuable stones and breaking them into shards, you still need to be gentle and respectful or when you lift the plunger, you may be left with colorless white powder!  It is also great for anger management issues~!

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