David K. Joyce

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

Here are more photo's from our Titanite Hill collecting, mostly showing some of the titanite specimens recovered.

 

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

The titanite crystals tend to be encrusted with iron oxides, grunge and silica and don't always respond well to acid or "Iron Out" treatments. As well, they tend to be delicate and sometimes can break with aggressive scrubbing. One of the best ways to clean them gently is air abrasive using sodium bicarbonate. Here is Daniel cleaning a titanite specimen, thanks to the generous access to Ray McDougall's air abrasive unit.

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

This specimen shows a sharp, thick titanite crystal on microcline. The titanite crystal is just 15mm across but a nice one!

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

This perky 15mm titanite crystal sits up perfectly on crude microcline crystals. Specimen is about 5.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

Daniel chiseled this one off of the wall rock, in the mud. The next photo shows it after cleaning.

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

Here is the muddy titanite specimen after it had been cleaned and soda blasted. Nice!

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

Love the way this sharp, titanite crystal poke up through the microcline crystals. The specimen is 7.5cm across.

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

This 7.2cm across specimen is actually one titanite crystal showing parallel growth! The photo does not do it justice, it is pretty cool!

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

This is one of the better specimens that we found. Interestingly it shows a very large titanite crystal attached to an amphibole crystal and a microcline crystal. The titanite crystal covers the entire back of the piece but it is fairly corrode in places. The xposed part is great! 13.0cm tall.

Recent Activities -Titanite Hill, Tory Hill, Ontario, 2021, Page Two

This is one of my favourites! It is a fairly good microcline cluster with a very sharp, blocky, lustrous 27mm titanite crystal in the middle. There are also quite a few more smaller titanite crystals scattered here and there amongst the feldspars. Specimen is 12.5cm across.