Tumbling Stones ๐Ÿ’Ž

rough Mambamba Jasper (crockadile stone)

Leopardite after stage 2

Finished Apache Tears (still need some enhancements)

Apache Tear lets light shine through

Tumbling Stones ๐Ÿ’Ž

Leopardite Jasper from Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช

Leopardite Jasper Rough Stones
Leopardite Jasper after Stage #1 of 5
Leopardite after stage #1 without flash flash
Leopardite stage 1 using flash

๐•‹๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•“๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•Š๐•ฅ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค ๐Ÿ’Ž

I am still at it after 2 warrentee replacement tumblers from National Geographic since March plus a freebie Pro model. ย 

I crushed tumbler size stones from rough Turritella Agates

From SE Wyoming

rough turritella

After 6 weeks and 5 stages of grit (60, 220, 500, & 950 course silicon dioxide then 1200 aluminum oxide polish then ‘Gem Foam’ยฎ for burnishing)

๐”พ๐• ๐•ค๐•™ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•–๐•ช ๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•”๐•’๐•ž๐•– ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฅ ๐•ก๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have never seen a cat smile before today ๐Ÿ˜ธ

โ„๐• ๐•๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•Š๐•ฅ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค ๐”พ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•Ÿ๐•  ๐•„๐• ๐•ค๐•ค

After an almost 60 year hiatus I am tumbling rocks again โ—๏ธ๐Ÿ’Ž

Starting in March 2021 with a National Geographic ‘hobby’ machine the motor blew out after three months so they sent me another one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then in August that motor blew out so they sent me a third one and also (for free) a National Geographic ‘Professional’ model. ย ย 

I got ticked off so purchased a ‘Tumble Bee’ tumbler for a back up โ—๏ธ

So for the time being I am running 3 machines and am having fun โ—๏ธ

Tumble Bee

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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˜‰



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“

just started last batch of stage #3 (pre-polish grit) ๐•‹๐•ฆ๐•ž๐•“๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•Š๐•ฅ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค โ„™๐• ๐•๐•š๐•ค๐•™๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐”พ๐•–๐•ž๐•ค ๐Ÿ’Ž

After 8 days then Stage #4 (polishing grit) is next for 10-12 days (3 batches)

๐•๐• ๐•ฆ’๐•ง๐•– โ„๐•–๐•’๐•ฃ๐•• ๐• ๐•— ‘๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•’๐•š๐•๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•“๐•ฃ๐•’๐•œ๐•–๐•ค’ running across the laminated dining rm & kitchen floor these kitties in Tennessee call it the ass and tail slide, taking the rugs with them before slamming into the oven or fridge ๐Ÿ˜ฝ

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