Hi All, I've always had a interest in rocks picking up stones here and there but never doing much about it. About a month and a half ago I got my hands on a bunch of Idaho Star Garnets which put me over the edge. I had to see if I could make something out of these so I bought a Lortone 45C rock tumbler. Four weeks later and going threw the usual grit process I put them in for polishing. Well they got all messed up because I thought the plastic pellets was a suggestion and didn't use any. 48 hours later when I check the polish they were looking like crap. I'm impatient so I then bought a UV-10 to speed things up. Put them in the vib with 120 grit to clean up the mess for two days, then pre-polish for two days then AO polish for 5 days with the results shown in the pics. Large ceramic was added in all stages to keep up the volume and burnising between stages and 4 hours after polish.
Well, it is good that you are now into tumbling! Those are pretty and the more you experiment with different rocks, the better you get! Quartz items like that garnet have a tendency of fracturing easy and undercutting so you did very well the first attempt! Looking forward to seeing your next tumbles! Fran
Fossilman: LOL,Couldn't tell ya' Jean,I quit the hard stuff a long time ago.....That Tequila can kill ya'...!!!!
Jul 8, 2014 17:00:51 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Mike, I can tell ya I buy my tequila in 1.75 liter bottles, lol. None of those little bottles for me. One cannot live 10 miles from the Mexican border and not drink margaritas!
Jul 8, 2014 17:09:48 GMT -5
phil: metric booze.... smaller bottle, less booze and higher prices.
Jul 9, 2014 9:58:15 GMT -5
Fossilman: Tequila straight up and chase it with a cold beer...LOL
Jul 9, 2014 14:35:56 GMT -5
wampidy: Na, tequila only kills the bugs that kill ya. Margarita or tequila shot (no s) are the only drinks that do not give me a hangover. I do not do it very often so one of either gives me a fuzzy nose and makes me gigglier than normal if that is possible.
Jul 9, 2014 22:32:18 GMT -5
Shotgunner: I think the correct name for tequila is [Tuh - kill - ya]
Jul 10, 2014 12:08:00 GMT -5
Shotgunner: Jean, 10 miles from Mexiko? Really? Ain't it more like 30 miles? lol like that makes a diff?!?!?!?!
Jul 10, 2014 12:19:09 GMT -5
Fossilman: Love tequila..It's the only hard stuff I drink if and when I have any.....
Jul 10, 2014 14:05:36 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Scott, no it ain't more like 30 miles. Okay, I was a little off. I'm 10.9 miles from the border. I checked the distance on ACME Mapper.
Jul 10, 2014 15:05:37 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Jim and Mike, you really don't have to admit anything... really, lol! Tequila did me in years ago once when playing poker. I couldn't drink it, hell, couldn't even stand the smell of it in a marinade, for at least a year. I got over it, happy to say!
Jul 10, 2014 15:10:33 GMT -5
Shotgunner: I stand corrected. 10.9 miles it IS!!
Jul 10, 2014 16:19:42 GMT -5
Shotgunner: Tequila got me 25 years ago and I still can't stand the odor. For me, this is my new fave.
Jul 10, 2014 16:20:51 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Well, that makes sense. Scott, didya wear the LOUD sneakers in Japan in case you got lost, or to visually offend the reserved Japanese people?
Jul 10, 2014 16:47:08 GMT -5
Shotgunner: loud sneakers and shirts, of course!
Jul 10, 2014 17:06:16 GMT -5