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What is the best way to cleave kyanite?

 
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NepiPemi
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:39 am    Post subject: What is the best way to cleave kyanite? Reply with quote

How do you go about cleaving off nice looking blades from a larger peice of kyanite without pulverizing the most of it to dust? I know how to make dust! Wink It pains me to deconstruct a nice big piece of kyanite in a way other than taking off small amounts which is all I've done so far. All suggestions are appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do it a lot. What I do is use a utility knife like a box cutter to slice off blades. Be careful and put it on a hard surface and put the blade on the end of the piece and apply even pressure sometimes you may have to rock the blade back and forth to start it but as long as your going with the grain it'll come off in nice thin sheets.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use wire cutters (dykes) and that seems to work real well. Once you have done it a few times you learn where it's best to apply pressure since the kyanite easily splits when you get the pressure in the right place.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've wonde3red this myself. Will have to try those next time I pour, which should be soon since it is warmer out.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kyanite is the only mineral with different hardnesses vertically versus horizontially.

Just breake it with the grade, not across the grade.
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