Polishing Will Take Patience
Polishing takes patience
Those pretty stones that you find on the beach on your holidays are pretty only because they are wet. As soon as you take them home and they dry, they are dull, dull, dull.
So, all you need to do to restore them to their glory is polish them. But it will take 4 weeks to do it in a rotary tumbler.
I guess it’s exactly like everything we do that is worthwhile. It takes time which takes patience.
On this third day of spring, I finally retrieved my polished stones from the 4.5 week tumbling journey that they’ve been on.
How I did the polishing
1. Picked pretty stones on the beach
2. Took them home and washed them
3. Placed them in a rotary tumbler with coarse silicon carbide grit
4. Turned on machine & tumbled for a week
5. Opened tumbler, washed grit, replaced with next finer grade of grit and ran for another week
6. Repeated the previous step replacing the grit with still finer compound and ran for about one more week.
7. As above, replaced grit with polishing compound and ran for a week.
If you’ve done things right, at the end of approximately 4 weeks, you might just have some stones that look like the ones that popped out of my tumbler today. Or not. My earlier batches ended up none too bright, so I’ve had to swat up a bit more to figure out what went wrong.
Why am I doing this? I wish I could tell you. It all started with pretty stones on the beach, but, now, it would seem there’s no end in sight. I have kilos of stones to go, and just these little 3 pound tumblers on a 4 week. or more rotation schedule.
Next question: What am I going to do with them? Good question. I have been asked this before. Any ideas? Here’s Pinterest, always for good for crafty ideas.