I found some more information regarding how to tumble stained glass pieces (for mosaic projects) to just take off the sharp edges but keep their shine. Here's a couple of things I found along with the website addresses. All the "rock" tumbling websites have you go through all the grit stages, whereas, the mosaic sites had different procedures. Thought some of you might find it interesting, even though you may not work with glass.
www.lapidaryclubofohio.org/definitions.htm "Stained glass shards used for mosaic glass are also tumbled. No abrasive is used to avoid clouding the glass, only water as a lubricant to remove the sharp edges so that the glass may be handled safely. As little as 8 hours tumbling may be sufficient for tumbled glass."
www.mosaic-tile-design.com/stained-glass-tiles.html (Check out this web page....this person uses an electric ice cream maker as a tumbler!)........................"What I did finally buy on eBay was an old ice cream maker for $7. I had to cut the paddles off the center churn part of the ice cream maker but leave the center post intact to use it to 'tumble' my tiles in a little soapy water. It holds more tiles at once than most of the rock tumblers I saw for sale." "After an hour or two of tumbling, the cut edges are not as sharp and you will see grainy debris in the bottom of the tumbler after doing a few batches."
I will have to try the soapy water with my "kiddy" tumbler and see what happens. Maybe I can get Earthdog to take some before and after photos.
OMG! Takila, I'm a bit of a speed reader, so as I'm scanning your post, I get to the bottom & I think I read where your gonna get E-dog to save you some soapy water! HAHAHA! Thank God you just wanted pictures!
liz opportunity is for the taking. Look inside yourself, you'll see. Then go clean up your own backyard...leave my yard to me. rossington collins band.
mr.mohs: people on the street
Sept 22, 2014 21:47:31 GMT -5
Fossilman: Nice to finally see rain...I welcome it with pleasure...Getting tired of the "HOT" weather...
Sept 24, 2014 9:02:15 GMT -5
mr.mohs: be sure to check out my AZ monsoon link Mike! lots of rain on the desert !
Sept 24, 2014 9:21:40 GMT -5
bsky4463: Monsoon in September leads to good pickings in Roctober - mohstly. Cheers
Sept 24, 2014 22:09:29 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Andy, that's just what I was thinking! Will have to check out all the (normally dry) washes in Ocotillo Wells next time out, see what has been exposed by the flash floods. Probably not until November... Wonder how Quartzsite fared?
Sept 25, 2014 12:01:30 GMT -5
mr.mohs: rockpickerforever yes I do -a refurbished Franton called- Welcome to the Machine- from BeefRock
Sept 26, 2014 21:42:52 GMT -5
broseph82: Going to be up early tomorrow for some more hounding!!
Sept 28, 2014 21:02:09 GMT -5
dale: Hi I'm new, hope this is the right place to ask a question. I want smooth (no rough or sharp edges) pea gravel about 3/8" max., natural untreated stone, don't care about polish or look, just need the smooth stones. Could I buy stones or tumble them?
Sept 29, 2014 8:03:56 GMT -5
Fossilman: The Dollar Stores amd Michaels carry such a thing...Thumbs up
Sept 29, 2014 8:19:05 GMT -5
Fossilman: YAAAAAAA!!!! Headed out to a new "Rock Store" called "Al's"...Heck I might come home with some goodies..
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