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
rockpickerforever: Oh, you got it bad, Russ. Do you get the DTs when you don't get out and cut rocks on a regular basis? Not the worst thing in world. I have shown great self restraint, 10" HP trim saw largest I have. It makes for a good excuse, can't saw those big rocks.
Aug 29, 2014 0:44:13 GMT -5
wampidy: Jean, I think you should call it "don't have to lift those big rocks". My 12 is good for me also. The one big rock that I cut in Tony's saw in Quartzsite was way too much for me.(only 54 lbs) I am thinking motorcycle lift and rolling them in.
Aug 29, 2014 11:02:47 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Jim, you know what they say about good things coming in small packages? I'd like to think I have every bit as good a chance to find winners in the smalls, and not have to deal with the big ones. Lifting heavies not good for old backs.
Aug 29, 2014 11:30:36 GMT -5
Shotgunner: hmmm.... good to know Jim has a 12" saw. Must remember for future discussions.....
Aug 29, 2014 22:30:25 GMT -5
Shotgunner: Ohhh!!! Russ has an 18"!! wooohooo!!
Aug 29, 2014 22:30:43 GMT -5
nowyo: Yeah, I do. Got it home tonight. It was in the cellar of a farmhouse. Had to mostly disassemble it to get it through the door and up the stairs. The things we do for fun. I'll put it back together tomorrow night. Bet it hasn't been used in 30 yrs.
Aug 29, 2014 23:01:19 GMT -5
Rockoonz: It aint a big rock saw till you measure blade size in feet
Aug 30, 2014 0:02:45 GMT -5
Shotgunner: I did see a 4 foot oil saw recently. Same dude has a 12 foot cable saw....
Aug 30, 2014 11:09:24 GMT -5
wampidy: It ain't a big rock saw till you measure blade cost in thousands could be another way to put it. I can not imagine the cost of a 3 to 4 foot blade. We are talking a circumference of over 9 and 12 feet. That is a whole pile of diamonds.
Aug 30, 2014 16:21:44 GMT -5
Shotgunner: 48" x 0.257" segmented blade = $2700, cutting with biodiesel lasts years - as I am told
Aug 30, 2014 16:38:37 GMT -5
mr.mohs: this shouting reminds me of the $75,000 rock!...you guys remember that?
Aug 30, 2014 19:45:21 GMT -5
nowyo: Heck, I've got one of those right here in the yard! You got the cash? Take your pick! Any rock in the yard! Hell, all the rocks in the yard!
Aug 30, 2014 23:03:08 GMT -5
mr.mohs: post a picture!
Aug 30, 2014 23:39:42 GMT -5
Shotgunner: Wifey bought a tritip at Costco - smoking it now............ too early for beer
Aug 31, 2014 11:20:08 GMT -5
Fossilman: Scott,we had BBQ-ed tritip at the brother in laws lastnite...Great eating...
Aug 31, 2014 16:50:21 GMT -5
Shotgunner: Awesome Mike. Glad yours was good. Windy here and could not keep the fire going right. Mine was weaksauce.
Aug 31, 2014 18:19:01 GMT -5
kk: Scott if we talking about BBQ, the easiest starter regardless to wind-conditions: tissue with a little cooking-oil! Never leave home without it.
Aug 31, 2014 20:48:30 GMT -5
naynay777: How do you tumble Amber? I can't do it by hand, as I have Arthritis, can it be done, in a tumbler, fro 30 minutes, or less????
Aug 31, 2014 22:13:50 GMT -5
naynay777: If anyone, can help me, I would be ever so Thankful!
Aug 31, 2014 22:15:40 GMT -5
Fossilman: Naynay go to the Tumble forum on the top of the forum page,you will get all the help you need there-Thumbs up
Aug 31, 2014 22:58:50 GMT -5