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DIY tumblers?
« on: May 24, 2009, 01:57:08 PM »
I can't find the post now but someone had mentioned they had made a tumbler for jewelry with walnut shells (or maybe it was shot) and a particular type of jar. Someone had also mentioned they used something from Michael's. I have a 40% off one item coupon at Michael's right now and I'd like to start tumbling my sterling pieces but I need a little help (and haven't been able to find much) about what can or can't be tumbled (for instance pearls or amber?) or a DIY way to get started until I can save up for a nicer one.

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Re: DIY tumblers?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 03:01:25 PM »
Yes if there is a DIY way to make a tumbler I'd like to see it also! :)

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 03:20:47 PM »
When I made the Bible Armour http://chainmaillebymboi.com/bible-armour/ it was too big to fit in our tumbler so I just put it in a large container with water stainless steel shot an dish washing liquid and rolled it around on floor to it was polished. Had the kids help too! >:(

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 03:23:57 PM »
When I made the Bible Armour http://chainmaillebymboi.com/bible-armour/ it was too big to fit in our tumbler so I just put it in a large container with water stainless steel shot an dish washing liquid and rolled it around on floor to it was polished. Had the kids help too! >:(

WOW how long did it take before it was finished?? And how long does it usually take to tumble jump rings that have just been made?

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009, 03:52:04 PM »
Manic,
I usually tumble my rings that I made for about 3 to 4 hours. You might not need to do it that long, but I'm anal.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2009, 04:44:11 PM »
Manic,
....You might not need to do it that long, but I'm anal.

I know exactly what you mean 8)

Thanks Deb!

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Re: DIY tumblers?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2009, 04:48:15 PM »
When I made the Bible Armour http://chainmaillebymboi.com/bible-armour/ it was too big to fit in our tumbler so I just put it in a large container with water stainless steel shot an dish washing liquid and rolled it around on floor to it was polished. Had the kids help too! >:(

Oops-just to clarify-I was also asking how long did it take to tumble the Bible Armour?? lol  :-\




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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2009, 04:50:15 PM »
We tumbled it for a couple of hours I guess, but I tumbled sections in the rotary tumbler before I put it all together so It wasn't that bad.

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2009, 05:26:10 PM »
So sounds like if I wanted to start out with a manual process it might just take longer but it would be the equivalent of making my own butter? (Shake that cream...until your arm falls off)....

Is there a formula for amount of shot + water + dishwashing liquid?

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2009, 05:35:23 PM »
Not to be flip or anything but how about filling the jar and jumping on a trampoline?
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2009, 05:53:49 PM »
Haha, that'd be great exercise! ...if I had a trampoline...
I guess if I had the right jar sounds like I could sit in my rocking chair and read a book and roll it with my foot...

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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2009, 09:22:04 PM »
I've seen several people on other forums say that they fill containers with water, shot and dawn dish soap and put it in the trunk of their car.

With gas going up it might not be as fast.

I like the trampoline suggestion.

I walk almost 10 miles per day. I wonder if putting it in a back pack would shake it enough?

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Re: DIY tumblers?
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2009, 10:20:40 PM »
Maybe if you attach the backpack to your ankle ;D

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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2009, 11:50:57 PM »
I can't find the post now but someone had mentioned they had made a tumbler for jewelry with walnut shells (or maybe it was shot) and a particular type of jar. Someone had also mentioned they used something from Michael's. I have a 40% off one item coupon at Michael's right now and I'd like to start tumbling my sterling pieces but I need a little help (and haven't been able to find much) about what can or can't be tumbled (for instance pearls or amber?) or a DIY way to get started until I can save up for a nicer one.

Thanks!

On a side note, you want to be careful about tumbling ANY soft stone or media.  Shell, pearl, opal, turquoise, coral, emerald~ soft stones like these can be irreparably damaged on a finished piece.  A rule of thumb for tumbling is to tumble items of like hardness together; you also have to take into consideration the tumbling media that you will use and it's hardness in comparison to the item(s) being tumbled.

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Re: DIY tumblers?
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2009, 01:09:19 AM »
I tend to clean my pieces by putting them in a plastic jar I have with a tight fitting lid, which I 2/3 fill with uncooked rice, a squirt of detergent and water to just over the level of the rice. Then I shake like anything for about 20 minutes. Doubt it work hardens them much, but it does clean them really well.