A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Micromounting
"Come and explore the micro world with us!"
Micromount Section Meets
Many of the most well-formed and beautiful crystals must be viewed with the aid of magnification. Furthermore, many mineral species only form in microscopic crystals. The process of preparing a specimen for viewing and viewing and photographing micro-mineral specimens is a distinct area of mineral collecting called "micromounting".
Join us each month as we explore different aspects of the micromounting hobby: making micromounts, magnifiers and microscopes, photographing micro-minerals, and identifying micro-minerals. Our monthly meetings alternate between workshops to discuss micromounting techniques and talks by leading micromount collectors sharing information about their favorite micro-mineral site.
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Micromount Section Message
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Date: July 27, 2022
Social Time: 7:00 PM EDT
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM EDT
Topic: Cleaning Micro-mineral Specimens
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Cleaning micro-minerals can be especially challenging, not just because of the small size of the specimen, but also special handling required by some minerals. The usual techniques for cleaning macro-minerals like soaking in vats of acid, ultrasonic cleaning, blasting with canned air, and scrubbing with a brush don’t scale down to the world of microminerals, and these common techniques could harm the specimens. A sample of cleaning issues facing the micromounter include delicate crystal clusters, tight workspaces, soluble minerals, and the fact that some minerals are sensitive to vibration (could vibrate crystals off the matrix). This month we will discuss methods used to clean and remove dust, dirt, stains, and the ubiquitous cat hair from our microscopic treasures.
Julian Gray and Bob Madden
Micromount Section Co-chairs
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