Post by spokanetim on Oct 26, 2009 19:36:13 GMT -5
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: OMG ROTFLMAO!!!!
Nov 25, 2015 4:22:18 GMT -5
micellular: AberdeenDon, why do you call yourself jakesrocks then?
Nov 25, 2015 7:59:55 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Because they're my dog Jake's rocks. He just lets me play with them.
Nov 25, 2015 9:16:48 GMT -5
captbob: Reason I asked Don ( jakesrocks! ) was all that snow ya'll got a few days ago. Wondered where you were on that snow map.
Nov 25, 2015 11:32:24 GMT -5
jakesrocks: LOL, bout an hour & a half drive north of the snow. We saw an occasional flake or two.
Nov 25, 2015 13:40:18 GMT -5
drocknut: Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Nov 26, 2015 6:03:59 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Vulture is stuffed & in the oven. But Bah Humbug. It snowed this morning & killed my turkey day spirit. Only 21 deg outside. Happy Thanksgiving to all lucky enough to be in a warmer climate. And to those of us in the frozen regions, Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov 26, 2015 6:16:55 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Suck it up & suffer through it.
Nov 26, 2015 6:17:47 GMT -5
Fossilman: 40's here,Tammy has to work-we will do Thanksgiving at daughters on Saturday...Chicken wings and sauce for me today-Yeeeeee Hawwww.....
Nov 26, 2015 6:51:09 GMT -5
captbob: House wide open, wearing shorts, hanging outside x-mas lights as turkey cooks - 79° Not many rocks here in Florida, but it does have its benefits.
Nov 26, 2015 6:56:54 GMT -5
Fossilman: Lots of sharks teeth in Florida though.....Thumbs up
Nov 26, 2015 9:11:01 GMT -5
edmohs: progress was slow on heart making today-- must be from slow digestion and maybe to many
Nov 27, 2015 16:51:37 GMT -5
edmohs: Tryptophan must be wearing off... good grind day !
Nov 28, 2015 14:05:58 GMT -5
jakesrocks: BAH HUMBUG. Snow. About 3" of the damned stuff so far. But on the brighter side, I have a 20' storage container coming in the next couple days. Mama wants my boxes of rocks out of the living room. Next spring it will be converted into a workshop.
Nov 30, 2015 15:35:27 GMT -5
edmohs: you'll be box car rock'n willy
Nov 30, 2015 15:39:29 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Don't come a knocking if the storage container's a rockin.
Nov 30, 2015 17:20:32 GMT -5
edmohs: now your roll'n !
Dec 1, 2015 2:12:01 GMT -5
Fossilman: Great news Don!!!
Dec 1, 2015 4:24:06 GMT -5
jakesrocks: For now I'll even have room to park the hotrod in it, so I can get my truck in the garage out of the snow.
Dec 1, 2015 8:38:05 GMT -5
captbob: Supposed to get down to 70 degrees here tonight. May have to turn on the heat!
Dec 1, 2015 10:06:59 GMT -5