Apache Tear Rock Tumbling Polish Trick โš—๐Ÿ’Ž

Mohs (scale of harness) 5ย  They are to soft to tumble in stage #1 Course grit (60/90 Silicon Dioxide) The stones would have 30% of their size ground awayย  โ—๏ธ

Soo…I start them on stage #2 Medium grit (170/220 Silicon Dioxide for 4 to 5 days instead of 7-8 days )

Then stage #3 Pre-Polish grit (500+ Silicon Dioxide for 4-5 days)

Stage #4 Polish grit (1200+ Aluminum Oxide for one week (Al Oยน breaks down after 7 days of tumbling)) So clean and add fresh polish and run another 7 days if needed.

๐•€๐•ฅ ๐•€๐•ค ๐•†๐•‚ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•ก๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•ฃ๐• ๐•”๐•œ๐•ค ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•”๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ก๐•๐•–-๐•—๐•–๐•จ ๐••๐•’๐•ช๐•ค to โˆš Progress in each stage

Now Stage #5 Gem-Foam ( Magic little ‘sponge cubes’ โš—โ“) for 2 or 3 days and your rocks will come out shinier then ‘oleo’ on a glass door knob whilst not slippery to the touch ๐Ÿ˜‰

Apache Tears ready for Polish Aluminum Oxide โš—
Ceramic chips used to smooth rocks bouncing in the grit slurry and quiets the machine ๐Ÿ˜‰
Big Hammer for making tumbler size stones out of large rocks โ—๏ธ Tumbler size stones cost $30 a pound. Precious rock comes in bulk chunks (up to 6LB for only 4 dollars ๐Ÿ’Ž
Stay Tuned for more translucent polished Apache Tears stones from New Mexico polished right here in N.E. Tennessee ๐Ÿค  (7 days AL Oยน + ‘Gem Foam’ 3 days = 10 days max) ๐Ÿ˜‰
I will rinse them if I deem necessary , If they are dun tumbling ๐Ÿ˜‰



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