just started last batch of stage #3 (pre-polish grit) 𝕋𝕦𝕞𝕓𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤 ℙ𝕠𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕠 𝔾𝕖𝕞𝕤 💎

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

𝕐𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 ℍ𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕕 𝕠𝕗 ‘𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕝𝕠𝕣 𝕓𝕣𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕤’ 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 😽

Rock Tumbling grits (Silicon Carbide) milled variations there of 90/75 coarse then finer variation for polishing ;)

Silicon carbide is one of the hardest-known materials with a Mohs Scale hardness of 9+. This hardness gives it the ability to cut tumbling roughs such as agate, jasper and petrified wood, which have a Mohs hardness of about 7.

Angular Particles:   When crushed, silicon carbide breaks into angular-shaped particles with sharp points and edges. This gives it an effective cutting and grinding ability when it is caught between tumbling rocks in tumbler barrel.

Inexpensive:   Silicon carbide is inexpensive, selling for just a few dollars per pound as a screened and packaged product.

The combination of hardness, angularity and low price make silicon carbide an excellent abrasive for rock tumbling, gem cutting and lapidary work of all kinds. Silicon carbide granules are also used for sand paper, sand blasting, water-jet cutting and many other purposes.

via: https://rocktumbler.com/blog/what-is-silicon-carbide-grit/

My most precious ‘stony’s’

 

rough, unpolished, but totally fine grade 😸 

🍒 That movie just put the cherry on my piece of cake for the Day 😢

‘A̲i̲r̲ ̲S̲t̲r̲i̲k̲e̲’ (Bruce Willis) all the Chinese spoke english and the Japanese spoke  日本語, Nihongo❗️ {closed caption was not legible}

#first stage (grit)  Tumbling Lake Superior Agates (5days)

Ya got to wet them to look shiny after this stage

Rough Superior Agates before stage #1 grinding grit tumbling

Oh my 3:30 AM now ‘W̲a̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲W̲o̲r̲l̲d̲’ is on ❗️

Perspiration can Polish Stones 💎

But a rock tumbler with different grits is a lot faster and more efficient ❗️

Especially if ya have a rock saw with grinder / buffer  lab like I had in the ’60’s 😉

agates

My rock collection these days.

“Rock Hounds Never Die, We just slowly Petrify”

Cr_21a

 

agates

#agates

I used to have 100’s of ‘polished’ goodies ! The two moonies I milled 50yrs ago for Mothers Day ear rings (the clasps were repurposed a while back)

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