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˜‰

Dinosaur ๐Ÿฆ• Eggs โ“

No โ—๏ธ ๐•‹๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•–๐•๐•๐•’ A๐•˜๐•’๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•—๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž ๐•Ž๐•ช๐• ๐•ž๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜.

The proper name of the fossilized snail was thought to be Goniobasis, (pronounced gone-e-o-basis). Further study from paleontologists discovered it is actually Elimia Tenera. Turritella are common snails of a marine nature, but southwest WY at the time was fresh water.

Elimia Tenera   ๐Ÿ‘‰  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimia_tenera

I got some work cut out for myself breaking these down to tumbling size โ—๏ธ

>5% ready

๐•€ โ„•๐•–๐•–๐•• ๐•’ ๐”น๐•š๐•˜๐•˜๐•–๐•ฃ โ„๐•’๐•ž๐•ž๐•–๐•ฃ โš’ โ—๏ธ

Agate polishing ๐Ÿ’Ž

rough superior agates
after stage #4

After stage #4 last polishing grit 10 days of tumbling (#1000 aluminum oxide) they were kinda dull looking

after Burnishing with ‘GemFoam for 2 to 3 days

with out flash / with flash photo
with out flash
with flash

Much much shinier ๐Ÿ™‚

After 50+ years I got shinny rocks again ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿ’ŽA lapidary rock (wet) saw costs $ 500 – $6,000 chuckies ๐Ÿ’ฐ

So I purchased an eight dollar ‘Cold Chisel’ that will work just fine for me  โš’

โš ๏ธ Wear safety glasses (place a rag over rock)

I have to run my stones for 3 days with ‘GemFoam’ and water to get them shinny, as recommend by National Geographic โ—๏ธ


I am adding ceramic ‘filler pellets’ media next tumble

ceramic pellets

The final stage will be 3 to 5 days using ‘GemFoam’ media which should shine them rocks up ๐Ÿ‘Œ


‘One Handed’ Braidingโ—

Friday I braided this around my wristโ—

Using Dacron kite flying cord and bored Canna Lily seeds.
It is permanent {kinda like a tattoo but easier to cut ofโ—๏ธ}
โš  That is only my hairy arm, nothing else ๐Ÿ‘€



Rock Tumbler change day ๐Ÿ’Ž

My Last batch of rocks for final polish will tumble for 10 days.

They are not finishing as expected . I will try a different grit of Silicon Dioxide SiOยฒ & make them rocks shine ๐Ÿ˜‰

They are not as shinny as this one from near sixty yrs ago ๐Ÿ’Ž

graphic interchange format

Back to the Laboratory ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ›  ๐Ÿค“

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