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[Looking4] Old TV tubes


#1

Al,

Could I buy a chunk from you? I haven’t had any luck finding old TV
tubes around here although I have looked. I thought the reclcing
center might be a cource but they either have working sets or they
don’t accept them.

John


#2

It’s not worth selling. Email me at [albalmer at copper dot] net
with your shipping address.

When I lived in Arizona, you could find old TVs in the desert, where
people had dumped them for target practice. If you have access to a
local landfill or transfer station, they might have some.

I suppose we should stock up - The LCDs and Plasmas are taking over.
:slight_smile:


#3

John, Just curious,what are you doing with the old tubes? I have seen
these at estate sales before.

brenda


#4

Brenda,

TV tube glass makes beautiful gems when faceted. I am a gem faceter
and have used some of this previously. Nice stuff!

john


#5

So does the bottom of cheap champagne bottles. Korbelite. --RC


#6
So does the bottom of cheap champagne bottles. Korbelite. 

I will drink to that!

Ken Moore
www.kenworx.com


#7

Old TV’s are readily available at any of the Goodwill or Salvation
Army stores everywhere. Beware the chemicals (phosphors) that line
these tubes they are toxic if inhaled.

If you are looking to facet high refractive index materials, why not
buy stuff intended for that. There are many fun, colorful, brilliant
materials available from vendors like Creative Gems
http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/1fb for pennies a carat. I have no
connection to these folks, just a happy customer.

Wayne Emery
thelittlecameras.com


#8

Al Balmer,

Thank you for the nice piece of TV tube glass you sent, refusing to
accept even the cost of the postage. It will make some nice gems!
It’s people like you who show us that there is still kindness in the
world!

John in Indiana


#9

How do you do this? Can you post a picture example of the finished
product and/or the process, please? would love to see this!

brenda


#10
How do you do this? Can you post a picture example of the finished
product and/or the process, please? would love to see this! 

It’s just faceted like any other rough. It’s clear high-lead glass,
slightly tinted gray. Pretty, but not valuable. It cuts and polishes
quickly and easily, which is why it’s nice for proof cuts or
practice.

Al Balmer
Pine City, NY