Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

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Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby fossil finder » March 24th, 2016, 4:04 am

The bulbous texture on this thunder egg gives the stone an aged look and makes this 180mm specimen look bigger than it actually is. Placed on a large dark tile it looks like another rocky island to me.
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Re: Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby longd_au » March 24th, 2016, 9:26 am

All the stones seem to have perfect flat base. Were they cut to get the flat base or is it natural?
Lovely looking suiseki. Would love to find one.
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Re: Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby fossil finder » March 24th, 2016, 2:28 pm

Yes this thunder egg is one of the few stones I have presented cut so far. I use a 200mm wet tile saw with a diamond blade and a wet diamond grinder to do any slight alterations. If a rock has a flat base naturally I like to leave the stone how it is but cutting can transform an otherwise useless (for suiseki) stone into something special. Some of my favourite pieces have cracks that, if sawn, may ruin the piece. If you want a stone cut check out a lapidary club as there are usually old timers with the equipment that will cut a stone for you for a small fee.

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Re: Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby Jarad » March 24th, 2016, 10:58 pm

What sort of colours are there inside?
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Re: Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby fossil finder » March 25th, 2016, 5:29 pm

Jarad wrote:What sort of colours are there inside?

Thanks for the comments and your question Jarad. You can see from the picture of the underside that the inside of that thunder egg has a opaque watery looking chalcedony that infills the egg. This is common though sometimes the inside is hollow or more colourful if agate or amethyst crystals are present. Thunder eggs in Australia can be close to a metre in diameter and each one is unique.
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Re: Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby Pearcy001 » March 25th, 2016, 5:31 pm

I'd happily view it from the bottom/cut side as well as the front haha. You must spend forever fossicking around with the collection you have. Thanks to you directly FF a couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at my own Suiseki, cheers for inspiring as always.

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Re: Thunder egg Viewing Stone/Suiseki

Postby KIRKY » March 25th, 2016, 6:47 pm

Stunning colours. Thanks for sharing.
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