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  1. It could be but It also looks a lot like the mushroom rhyolite that I have dug. I searched online but could not find a good picture of the unbroken outside. If you can cut it open you will be better able to identify it.
  2. I agree with you. I would place a significant wager that it is an agate.
  3. Smelter glass. I have some from a few different iron smelters. One common one in the US is "Leland Blue" from Leland, Michigan. If you google Leland Blue you will see a lot of similar examples. I have some that supposedly came from a Viking smelter but that could just be a good story.
  4. Is this a piece of wire or something else?
  5. You need to start looking up locations of old iron furnaces and see how they correlate to all your finds. Below is a good list to start with that have locations in several states. My aesthetic analysis indicates that what you are finding is common smelter slag. http://oldindustry.org/iron.html
  6. I would get it in front of someone that knows fire agates. You can waste a lot of time for no reason or destroy a great stone. Anyone that has carved fire agate will be able to let you know if it has potential. It is very uncommon to know how much potential without starting to grind it with diamond bits. Without being specific can you let us know the general region you found the stones. True fire agate is not very common and I don't know of any of the areas that are associated with gold however there are lots of areas with brown chalcedony.
  7. The one at 10'oclock has some good bands. It has potential to be a fire agate.
  8. David – you need to make your own. You don’t need the fancy equipment. I made one for myself using diamond core bits, files, sandpaper and diamond polishing compound. Just go slow and take your time. Mine turned out great but should have made a wide band like the one in the video.
  9. The last one looks like flint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striped_flint
  10. Absolutely an agate. It was formed in a gas pocket so the round side goes down. The flat side is the level of the silica being deposited since the gas pocket would have been almost spherical. You can see the lines in the agate on the top edge which are referred to as a “water line agate”. Based on the color it would also be called a Carnelian Agate.
  11. I am betting that it is tar and what you are seeing in it got mixed in from being on the ground. Does it have a smell? Put a torch on it and see what happens. I know someone that collected a bunch of what they thought was obsidian. It was rock hard in the winter but as soon as the Arizona summer hit the rocks started to melt. He had collected a bunch of roofing tar that had been discarded. What he had was identical to what you are showing including the impurities in it.
  12. I took this picture awhile back. The mountain troll is certainly natural but he is overlooking some vast wealth.
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