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.
rockpickerforever: Thanks for the suggestion and well wishes, Ed. With the family all coming together, we'll make it through. Aging parents is something everyone has to face at some point. I know a lot of the RTH members already have or are dealing with it now.
Mar 4, 2014 15:11:11 GMT -5
drocknut: Jean hope you get in some rock therapy, the other kind is a bit expensive from what I've been told. Hang in there.
Mar 4, 2014 19:19:17 GMT -5
tumbleon: hi guys, best of wishes and prayers to everyone... just saying hello and goodnight
Mar 4, 2014 20:39:40 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Thanks, Diane and tumbleon. Was just kidding about the other therapy, Diane, I'm doing okay. Trips to the hospital to see mom filling my days, not much time to play on the flat lap. But it's set up, so if I can get a minute...
Mar 4, 2014 21:05:02 GMT -5
mr.mohs: concerning therapy...I went to a shrink to get my head examined...no help...the doc ran into a rock
Mar 5, 2014 0:41:52 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: mr.mohs, I think we all have rocks in our heads, lol. Thanks, Paul, and mine with yours.
Mar 5, 2014 10:02:53 GMT -5
wireholic: Does anyone know if there are gems/stones or even just colors associated with the 12 step programs? My jewelry is being displayed in a shop that specializes in "recovery gifts" and I'd like to tailor the jewelry to the theme.
Mar 5, 2014 11:41:40 GMT -5
mr.mohs: recovery stones are probably a subjective thing- but the 'Book of Stones' would be a good resource...
Mar 5, 2014 12:39:23 GMT -5
wireholic: Good idea! Not sure if I have that book but I think I have a book on healing crystals somewhere
Mar 5, 2014 13:28:57 GMT -5
The Dad_Ohs: If you don't find your book, you can look up most any stone online and get a metaphysical answer about the stone, what chakras it opens if it works better with other stones or alone, what parts of the body/mind it affects, all that long hair stuff !!! LOL
Mar 5, 2014 19:50:14 GMT -5