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post Sep 7 2007, 03:57 PM
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Hey all,

How about we have a thread here for tumbling stones? wink.gif
We have been doing some and it's great fun to see what comes out in the process.

How many of you have tumblers and how have your batches been turning out?

Everyone wants to hear/see..... biggrin.gif

Here is a pic Fordtruckman sent over of he and his grandson's first batches.......Nice work guys......keep em' rollin'! cool.gif

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post Sep 11 2007, 12:20 PM
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Fantastic rocks guys! Keep up the good work.

We have been receiving alot of questions about tumbeling,
so I thought this link would help some.
It has all the steps and tips for tumbeling. Great referance!
It even has tips on gemstone tumbeling.

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post Oct 6 2007, 03:07 PM
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Hi denise you ever think about using car tires for the drum it works really well. We use racing slicks or golf cart tires, they work best. Its pretty easy to build one out of them, you can use one tire for each grit. You just need to make a rack with rotating shafts. Tires last a long time and its a lot quieter.
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post Oct 7 2007, 08:32 AM
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what a neat idea!
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post Oct 7 2007, 07:19 PM
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You mean something along these lines laugh.gif

http://www.acc.umu.se/~widmark/lwtrumle.html
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post Oct 8 2007, 10:07 AM
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Great idea Smoky, thanks!


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post Nov 5 2007, 11:54 AM
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I just picked up rock tumbler a couple weeks ago! I have my first load in right now. I bought a kit to get me started. The rocks supplied in the kit weren't enough for a load so I added stuff I've been picking up all over the place including right here in NY. Can't wait to see results! I'm hoping to get the grandkids interested. I'll be watching this area closely.

Thanx again CP's! You two are aces!
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I was wondering about the difference in tumblers. I have a small 3lb. rotary tumbler but I am going to upgrade to something else as it doesn't seem to be doing
quite what I want. It could be me however, any tips would be appreciated. blink.gif
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post Feb 8 2009, 08:25 PM
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I love the tumbler we have! We have a Lortone, 3 Lb. capacity twin barrels model.
Usually takes a week for each grit stage. What kind of tips are you looking for Jack?
Maybe we can help you out.

Here is a past webcam picture of some Colorado Amazonite we tumbled. smile.gif
They polished out great!

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post Apr 20 2009, 08:31 AM
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I started a double batch Friday. Some assorted Agates in one, and Apache Tears in the other.
This batch will be done in May after all its grit stages. Always remember to keep the materials hardness the same in each drum, so it evenly works the stones to a better finish.
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post May 30 2009, 01:04 PM
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The tumbling has been coming along nicely. Just finished the pre polished stage.
After several rinsings, you can see there is still little bits of grit left on the wet stones (Apache Tears).

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What I do to make sure not to grit contaminate after each stage, is tumble in fresh water for an hour,
dump.......then repeat till the stones are grit free. This works great, then your ready to move on to the next grit stage.
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post Nov 19 2009, 02:00 PM
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Your post reminded me Scott, that I forgot to put a picture in of the finished stones.
Picture shows dry polished Apache Tears.

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I think they turned out pretty good. I was nervous at first because they say polishing Apache Tears is for the more advanced rock tumbler. unsure.gif spock.gif groucho.gif
I have been giving them out to the adults, they seem to love them!

Good luck on your tumbling batch Scott, hope they turn out great!
We look forward to the pictures.
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Here is a freshly tumbled batch of "Sweet Water Agates".........Who can tell me where these come from and why they are named that? music037.gif

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Hi Mrs. CP,

I think those dendritic agates are from Wyoming and get their name from the Sweetwater River that is nearby.

Do those fluoresce under UV?

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post Jul 11 2010, 02:58 PM
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Good job ASTROBLEME , you nailed that one. Yes they do fluoresce under UV (lime green). Want to see a pic?
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