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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2007
1:13 AM

Post #3869378

Please pardon my presumptuous thought process. ;-)

I thought it might be a good idea to start a few 'how to' posts, as we all seem
to enjoy knowing how things are created even if we don't plan to make the
item.

Is this a good idea?

Here is my first addition for the Trash To Treasure Library. Hopefully
others will come forward and do the same with tutorials. If we try to keep the
subject lines about the same, with HOW TO in caps, they might be easier to find
for newbies or others looking for such information.

Using a rock tumbler for glass, tile and more...by Karen Manasco

(Instructions based on a small, inexpensive tumbler brand. Directions can also be used for larger tumblers. Simply adjust the contents of the barrel based on your tumbler size and barrel content limit. I am not an expert, just obsessed with tumbling things. Please feel free to alter the instructions to fit your needs)

Surely you've seen, or perhaps had one of your own. A rock tumbler. Many a youth owned the typical tumbler with a red barrel sold under the name brand of ROLLING STONES ROCK TUMBLER. Back then, the length of time it took to tumble and polish rocks seemed like eons, your tumbler ended up in the attic, the garage or a yard sale, seldom having completed the full cycles to produce beautiful rocks as shown on the packaging.

And yet today I find myself searching for these very same tumblers for use in glass and mosaic craft. Wait, don't go. It's easy! Fun, inexpensive, and best of all, you're recycling! No longer must you wait weeks on end to see results. Come on, join me, it's fun!

You will need:

A rock tumbler
Common play sand (need not sift unless you have cats. Ahem.)
Water
Vaseline or other lubricant
Broken glass, cut glass, tile, broken plates, cups, etc.
Patience

Once you've acquired a rock tumbler, the next step is to decide what you would like to tumble. Small rocks, broken or nipped pieces of tile, bits of glass, chunks of dishes, many items can go into a rock tumbler, as long as the barrel is not too full, you can tumble just about anything. I even tumbled sticks for a week one time and they turned out very smooth.

TIP: Overloading a rock tumbler can and likely will cause it's early demise. Do not fill your tumbler more than the required quantity, which is typically 2/3's full.

You may wish to use tile nippers or wheeled cutters to get a more precise shape, though it doesn't matter with regard to the edges, as even the roughest cuts or breaks will be smoothed in the tumbling process. Fill the barrel 2/3's full of material. It is advised not to mix opposing materials, such as glass with rocks with tiles, as you may not achieve the results you seek on all the items. It is better to tumble glass alone, tiles alone, rocks alone, etc.

Fill the barrel with water so the level of water is just barely above your materials. Add three to four spoonfuls of common sand. Smooth a small amount of Vaseline on the outside of the barrel, then put the lid on securely and let 'er rip. If you simply want to knock the edges from the glass for handling, you don't have to run the machine for days on end. In fact, several hours will do a good job. You can take the tumblers off at any time and check for smoothness. The longer you leave the tumblers running, the smoother and rounder the pieces will become. Alter the time according to what you would like the finished product to look like. Remember, this will likely be a noisy process. If you have a garage or a covered area outdoors, it would be best to run your tumbler(s) where they may run continuously for days without causing anyone a headache.

If you must stop the tumbling process after it has tumbled for a few days, rinse the items off and drain the water. Depending on what you choose to tumble, the mixing action can actually produce a gunk very similar to concrete, which is a pain in the butt to get clean. When tumbling broken pottery, dishes, dinnerware and other items, it is a good idea to check the tumbler after two days, sometimes rinsing and adding more sand if the mixture is too thick and producing the concrete-like gunk.

Have fun, experiment, don't be afraid to try different materials. Keep in mind that some broken dishes may lose their patterns. Designs on dinnerware in gold will rub off, as will most hand painted items. The way I figure it, if the design is still on the pieces after four days of tumbling in sand, it should be able to handle being a part of a stepping stone, mosaic item, etc.

Another fun thing to do with rock tumblers is to make cubes. If you happen to have a tile saw, try cutting plates into evenly sized squares, then tumble them. They come out a fantastic cube shape with nice soft edges, perfect for mosaics.

Remember, glass will take on a frosty look if left in the tumbler long. While I do like the frosted look, others might prefer a clear yet safe to handle glass, which can be achieved by reducing the tumbling time.

Please feel free to ask any questions, and again, remember, I'm not a professional tumbler, I just play one on the internet.

:-) Karen Marie



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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2007
8:37 PM

Post #3871878

A row of tumblers going at it in the garage:

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defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #3872981

Just where do you find the tumblers? This sounds interesting, and it may be a way to keep the dogs out of the garage in this heat!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2007
2:44 AM

Post #3872996

Hi Def,

Yard, garage and estate sales, rummage sales, thrift shops,
Goodwill stores, Ebay, they are all over.

I'm a bit cheap when it comes to the tumblers, so I don't spend much
for them. Out of seven tumblers rolling all the time, only two have died.
They aren't designed for professional tumbling or as much work as I
demand from them, but if I can have that much fun with five to ten bucks,
I'll be rolling for a while.

LOL

defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #3873020

Thanks, I have probably seen them and didn't have a clue what they were. I will be looking from now on.
lizrainey
San Mateo, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 19, 2007
5:00 PM

Post #3874458

wuvie, that pic of the blue glass is beautiful what is that glass from?thats alot of tumblers no wonder you have so many fun projects going on at once.
liz
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2007
6:00 PM

Post #3874652

Hi Liz,

After tumbling broken wine bottles and such, it didn't take
long to begin finding things at yard sales and flea markets.
Reduced glass items which were chipped or cracked are
plentiful. :-)

Last year, the most beautiful rooster popped up at a yard sale, costing
fifty cents or a dollar or so, as his head was broken. When he arrived
home, he met the fate of a sledgehammer. The rooster became the
most beautiful tumbled rocks in varied shades of orange, red and yellow.

The blue glass in the last post was a big vase which was pretty banged
up and scratched. Very thick glass, it required quite a smack with the hammer.

Once you begin examining the glass, it won't take long to figure out which
glass is made of color and which has been tinted or coated. One time a pink
bunny was sent through the tumbler only to come out clear. :-(

You will be surprised what you can find to smash once you begin looking around.
Broken candle holders, plates, etc. though milk glass takes a long time to tumble.

KM
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2007
6:28 PM

Post #3874734

Forgot to mention, while they are frosty after tumbling, they
gain most of their beautiful colors back when wet.

Below is an image of what once was a giant oval sheet of
glass that was more than 1/2" thick. It weighed a ton! While
moving it, an armadillo ran between my feet, which ended as
you could likely guess.

After moving the larger pieces to the garage, they became the
next project. It takes quite a smack to break these up as well, so
they are placed into a deep dish pan on top of a rock, then smacked.
With safety glasses, of course.

They look absolutely beautiful in a lotus bowl with a candle in the
middle, especially at night.


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LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2007
9:42 PM

Post #3875439

Karen, I would wager that you are never, ever still...and if you are your brain is going like mad inventing the next goodie. I would looove to see pictures of lots of your items. Everytime I catch up with you there something more wonderful than before.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2007
10:53 PM

Post #3875628

KM,
Do you remember about how long it took to tumble that very thick glass?
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2007
11:36 PM

Post #3875755

Lou, since I was a child, you never know what I will do, say, think next. Ha ha!
You should see what some of my childhood teachers had to say on the
back of my report cards. Too funny to look back at them.

Brender, with three to four spoonfuls of sand and water just above the
level of glass, four days is all it takes for most glass to get that nice
frosty soft edge. You can actually see a difference in just one day, but
I like the rocks to be super smooth. The longer you leave them in, the
better they are, but I'm often unwilling to wait an entire week, the anticipation
kills me.

Just yesterday I put another five barrels on to roll with that very same glass,
the super thick stuff. The next time I put in a batch, I'll pick a particular shape
and post a photo of day one, day two, etc. so you can see the difference in
each day's tumbling.

:-) KM





:-)

LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2007
11:37 PM

Post #3875758

I hope the teachers recognized they had a genius in their midst. I really, really appreciate your work.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2007
11:48 PM

Post #3875788

Karen,
save some of that glass for your kiln .. glass that thick will make a great ice bowl..
Cheryl
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2007
11:56 PM

Post #3875808

Hi Lou,

I think they thought I needed counseling to be honest with you. Enough
of them tried to put me there. ;-)

Cheryl, oh boy, would it ever! So glad you said that, thanks a million!

KM
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2007
12:11 AM

Post #3875849

Thanks, Karen. Four days is quite reasonable! Man, I love glass...glass and rocks..can't get enough of them. I'm like Lucille Ball in the "Long, Long, Trailer" (did you see that movie?) When I go anywhere, I bring back rocks.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2007
12:13 AM

Post #3875854

Brender,

Didn't see that one, but I'm right there with you on the glass and rock passion.

:-)
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2007
12:35 AM

Post #3875923

Oh Wuvie...you've got to rent it. A classic if ever there was one.

There is more than meets the eye in my nomenclature...LouC...always have an Ethel and Fred at hand. Ricky is in the kitchen just now.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2007
4:00 PM

Post #3895149

Thanks Wuvie. I've had a rock tumbler in the back of my mind for awhile (clear in the verrrry back of my mind), but after reading your little tutorial last night I got so excited I made a pit stop at Ebay on my way to bed. True, I woke up $45 poorer this morning, LOL, but I'm excited to give this a try. I will definitely keep my eye out for used tumblers in the future, but in the meantime I'm the proud owner of a brand-spankin' new "Lapidary Rotary Rock Glass Metal Tumbler Poslisher Tool". Wow that sounds impressive.

La
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
4:21 PM

Post #3895240

I think I am developing a tool addiction ...
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
4:45 PM

Post #3895335

Lala,

Close your eyes and don't read the following:
(wait, I see you are still looking)

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=46376

On sale for 19.99. Lala, you didn't see that, did you? In the
event yours breaks down, or you want to tumble twice as much.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
4:50 PM

Post #3895359

yup... that's the one I have.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
4:57 PM

Post #3895394

Shh. Don't tell Lala.

Brender, do you like it? I thought about getting one of the
double barrel models when they were on sale, but I didn't like
the looks or the fit of the lid. Any input you care to offer?

:-)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
5:05 PM

Post #3895439

I confess to not having used it..yet! I got it to tumble silver clay jewelry and then spent some time trying to find steel shot. Meanwhile I got the shot but the spirit had moved me to make jewelry with stones so it couldn't tumble with the stones..OY! I drive myself nuts!!! So... I'm going to try some glass now. I found some plate glass in my "collection" but not as thick as that yummy stuff you have.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2007
5:11 PM

Post #3895462

Hi Brender,

Steel shot, is that sort of like bb's you would use to tumble the clay?

The super thick stuff might be easier to come by than you think. :-)
I've often thought about giving a letter to local antique stores and
flea markets, basically stating I would buy, at low cost of course, any
broken glass items of color. Otherwise you get twenty calls a day to
say someone broke an ordinary drinking glass.

Also try Goodwill stores for drinking glasses which often have super
thick bottoms, in both clear and colored. On a lucky day, you may get
them for a song, ten cents a glass, etc.

:-)
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2007
5:34 PM

Post #3895534

Great. I spent 10 bucks more than I needed to.

Impulse shopping
*sigh*
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
6:02 PM

Post #3895638

LUVIE,

Yes, its sort of like bbs but some are flying saucer shaped and/or rods to get into the nooks and crannies.

I've got quite a bit of scrap art glass to tumble along with some plate glass and some drinking glasses with chips. Might be going to the beach Monday if I can clear my work up so hoping to get some sea glass the tourists missed! Sometimes it gets thrown back it if is too "new" so might get some to finish in the tumbler.

Did you used to be over at Garden Junk?
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
6:23 PM

Post #3895717

On the surface this is true, Lala.. however, your tumbler may very well be far superior to my 19.99, yet-to-be-tried model!
silverfluter
Fredericksburg, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #3916166

I knew there was some reason I didn't get rid of that tumbler I gave DD for Xmas 12 years ago when she was 10.:) Thought she would be really excited about it, but it's still in the box.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 30, 2007
2:07 PM

Post #3917628

Aha, silver, now see, aren't you glad you did?

Question now is, what are you going to break to tumble? ;-)
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 30, 2007
4:44 PM

Post #3918137

*UPDATED TO ADD ALTERNATE BOTTLE SHAPES*

For those lucky enough to find bottles of unique shape, they
can be cut on the tile saw as well. Some may be tricky, but
remember, where there's a will, there's a way. ;-)

Olive oil often comes packaged in bottles of beautiful, well, olive
colored glass. Many times the bottles are square in
shape, and thus lend a bit of variety to projects other than the
typical round shapes of a wine bottle.

To cut such bottles on a saw, you might eye the bottle, or if you
feel your eye is a bit crooked, you can either draw a cutting line
on the bottle, or use masking tape to mark off the sections you wish
to cut. Using tape also helps to reduce the chance of your slice
breaking, as the tape acts as a sort of vibratory insulation of sorts.

Let's say you are cutting an olive oil bottle with a side wall width
of 3". Place the bottle on it's side, then gently push the bottle until
the saw penetrates the bottle. You should be able to see the wheel
through the glass. Continue cutting, moving the bottle forward only,
do not twist or turn the bottle. Complete the cut of one side wall. Once
you have sliced one side, the saw and the bottle will no longer be in touch.

Turn the bottle 1/4 turn, move the bottle towards the cutting wheel. All
too often, square bottles are of thinner glass, so cut slowly and steadily,
or the glass will easily break and / or splinter.

Remember, if you are going to melt the slices in a kiln, the squares don't
have to be exact. Work carefully, but don't be too hard on yourself about
perfection.

Also, try not to work with bottle remnants of small size. It is easier to find
another bottle than trying to hold on to small sections while cutting.

:-)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2007
9:58 PM

Post #3926516

Okay. So the tumbler is finally loaded and running! Whoopdeeedooo! Here's a before photo of the contents. It used to be my lasagna pan. It exploded when a bottle of karo syrup fell off the shelf and of course hit it "just right." The syrup bottle didn't break, thankfully. Have been saving the glass for who knows what. Thought I'd try it in the tumbler. Had to take the hammer to it after trying various methods to make smaller pieces (new respect for karo syrup ;-0)

Wuvie, you were asking about the Harbor Freight rock tumbler. It is very quiet. I have it going in the basement and so far cannot hear it upstairs. Might be a different story when I am trying to go to sleep tonight! The barrel is rubber so I think that makes a difference. Thanks again for the instructions.

Brenda

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Sunny_1
Florence, KY

September 5, 2007
9:12 PM

Post #3941193

Brender, I just ordered the tumbler from Harbor Freight...cost including postage was $29...I was wondering about the rubber tumbler, won't all the glass tumbling around tear/cut up the rubber???
I have been saving broken glass forever thinking I would do some mosaic birdbaths and I can't wait to start tumbling~
Sunny
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2007
1:04 AM

Post #3941978

Sunny,
Just emptied the tumbler today and checked the inside - no cuts or anything. I am pleased with my first result. I used play sand that was really fine but want to try something a little more coarse to see what that looks like. Not sure what the next load will be but going to dig around and see what I've got. No lack of glass here, that's for sure! I'm doing a mosaic table top now, just a small one. Here's a photo of the first tumbling result. Happy tumbling!
Brenda

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UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 6, 2007
1:22 AM

Post #3942079

That's beautiful!!! Can't wait to see your table when you get it done. Take photos as you go along and share them with us here.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2007
1:28 AM

Post #3942099

Ooh, Brenda, nice looking lasagna pan you've got there, LOL.

There are times I tumble for four days, rinse the glass off well,
replace fresh water and fresh sand and then tumble for three
more days. You would not believe how rounded and beautiful
the glass becomes with each passing day.

Oh, and that dish your glass is in, I'll bet that would be gorgeous
in a tumbler. Heh heh. Just kidding.

The local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores are great sources
of chipped dishes willing to sacrifice their lives for a rock tumbler.
I tumbled a big cracked casserole dish from the Goodwill, seems
like it ran .50 cents. It was one of those Corning Ware type dishes,
only it was in a purple hue. Nowadays they even have blue and
green. Very nice glass for tumbling.

One of these days I'll take a picture of the results from a
large multi-colored glass rooster. His life ended with a sledgehammer.

:-)


wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 6, 2007
1:40 AM

Post #3942148

Ordered mine...and when I kiss the rest of my life goodbye - it WILL be all your fault, you do understand, don't you??? I am cringing over all the red glass (broken) that I finally dumped last year. sheeeshhhhhhhh I will try posting on Freecycle ...that should keep the "cost" down, as everything has to be "free".
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #3942197

Thanks UniqueT!

Wuvie,
Although I only paid .25 at a yardsale for that red dish, I just can't smash it...yet... no telling what happens if'n I get in a tumbling frenzy though ;-). DH came home with some thick glass items from the transfer station yesterday but all clear glass. Have you drilled glass before tumbling ? Big debate at the supper table tonight - drill the hole before or after tumbling... some of these pieces will be good pendants. Thinking of drilling a divot and gluing in a gem of some sort.

Can't wait to see your fowl that ran afoul of the sledge!! I'm punchy...

Will definitely be looking in the thrift stores differently now.

Brenda
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #3942212

Oh, Danc,

Welcome to the wonderful world of tumbling! Whoo hooo!
Here, put on this membership T-shirt and grab a hammer. :-)

I do understand the importance of the free (or dirt cheap) thing,
so here are a few more tips for colored glass.

Olive oil bottles, local restaurants serving wine, thrift stores,
bars, cocktail lounges, recycling centers, yard sales. You might
even check antique stores for cracked or broken items.

I haven't yet scoured the dump, but have been tempted.

:-)
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2007
2:04 AM

Post #3942233

Hi Brenda,

Funny you should mention that about the hole drilling. The
drawbacks, if you could call them that, to drilling after the tumble
is that you have to work very slowly but surely. I have broken
some very beautiful, fantastic shapes after tumbling by trying
to drill a hole for pendant use. *pout*

The thing about drilling before tumbling is that you can't put the hole
too close to the edge or it may tumble out, putting you back where
you started - without a hole. Thin sections are also buggers because
if they survive the drilling, they often do not survive the tumble.

It really depends on your piece. If you feel the piece is fractured so
unique that you don't want to chance it, I would say drill first, leave plenty
of glass room, then tumble with similar glass.

I've also discovered the rule of glass pretty much applies as it does
with rocks and gems, some tumble well together and some do not.

I'm trying some more milk glass tomorrow. The last tumble took forever!
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 6, 2007
2:10 AM

Post #3942251

Well, I HAVE "done the dump" ... for other things at another phase of my life - OMG - what have I become???? In fact, today I drove past the old dump my gal pal and I used to haunt - how funny is that???

My friends who have seen me through so many things will just roll their eyes, muttering "there she goes, again", when I ask them to save any broken colored glass.

Doing concrete work - it is a classy glassy act to get shattered windshield chunks from places that replace windshields - and then use the tumbled chunks to make faux geodes. I haven't done it yet - but, Katie, bar the door, cuz here I come!!!! I have done a LOT of concrete art - I just haven't done the geode thing. I have LOTS of glass globes which get sacrificed in the orb construction.

WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2007
2:26 AM

Post #3942318

Danc, do tell! You're another one of the tempered glass girls?
I knew we loved you for some reason!

Can you share more about what you mean when you say geodes?

I really don't want to leave, but sadly, I must. Up last night unable to sleep,
so I'm off to early bed. Likely won't even make it through my nightly dose
of Seinfeld. :-(

Look forward to talking more with all of you in the morning.

:-) Karen Marie
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 6, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #3942445

I went looking for pix (belonging to other creative folks) and can't locate them right now...however...you know what geodes are ...rocks w/ natural crystals inside, amethyst being one of the more common types. SO - the idea is to create an orb w/ crystals in it. This can be done w/ cement mix packed into basketballs (for one example) or light bulb covers (for another). To make the crystals - you put in glass in the center and to the edge so that it will create that opening. I have been anxious to try it - and now w/ the possibilities of adding colored glass instead of just windshield glass, it is even more exciting to consider.

Rest well - and if I don't get back here for a number of days, not to worry. I have a FLA trip - back home in a week. I am jazzed!!!!!!!
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2007
9:11 AM

Post #3942898

Wuvie,
About drilling, your thoughts are similar to what I was thinking. It would either weaken it before tumbling or I'd wreck something nice when drilling afterwards. Thinking maybe if I just do the divot after tumbling it will be okay and then glue a bale on the top of the pendant. I tend to not have much patience with drilling :-D.
Tempered glass! My nephew works in a body shop so he is helpful when I ask, takes more than one request, but eventually...
I've got some pretty small tg that I am using for the dragonfly wings in the mosaic I'm working on. Hoping it will look good. Well, not much else to add today. Had a couple of days off and it's back to work today... very overrated! Do you have a pic of the milk glass?

Wanna,
That geode thing sounds cool, not really getting a visual but sort of. Need to see a pic!! Have a great time in FLA. Don't forget to hit the thrift stores while you are there ;-)
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 6, 2007
12:55 PM

Post #3943237

Dang... I have been trying to stay away from this post...lol
things are really rolling around here ... I may have to order a tumber ..
I was just given 2- 5 gal buckets of tembered glass some really heave chunks in there . My grand baby(2&1/2) looked in and said
" Oh grammy a bucket of Diamonds " A girl after my own heart ...lol

Drilling holes .. My thoughts are drill first ... In the middle of bigger chunks so it turns out kind of like a donut... So you don't mark the glass after its been tumbled

Cheryl
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 7, 2007
4:43 AM

Post #3946346

things to do with sea glass

http://www.jewelrybydaniellerenee.com/
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2007
8:07 AM

Post #3946466

Hmmmm not a lasagna pan in sight!!! :-) Nice stuff. Thanks for the link.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 7, 2007
12:53 PM

Post #3946872

yeah can you see me sinking into this trap ...lol just a few more steps and it will have me ..I need to go down to the shop where I can't see sea glass :-)

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Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2007
1:19 PM

Post #3946965

Ditto... now I can see it heading toward a metalsmith class or something... more tools, more stuff... STOP THE MADNESS!!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 7, 2007
1:30 PM

Post #3946998

Thanks for the link, Cheryl. Neat stuff!

At least the lady explains tumbled glass in a decent manner.
Some sites go out of the way to make tumbled glass sound so trashy.
It would be different if we were trying to sell it as naturally tumbled.

I've been playing with a few pieces lately, even looking at some copper
wire. Yard sales, especially estate sales, are notorious for ornate glass
in color. One of my favorite piles of tumbled glass is from a small saucer
with a flared floral lip. It turned out the most gorgeous pieces just dying
to be pendants.

:-)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2007
2:34 PM

Post #3947228

The thing I notice about the tumbled glass versus sea glass is the uniformity of the texture. Not a bad thing, I like it all. But with sea glass it is varied so I am thinking if I put in some small pebbles/rocks, coarse sand, and fine sand I would achieve more of a varied texture. Wuvie, have you tried this, being the glass tumbling guru that you are? I wanted to be a purist and use sea water and beach sand but DH said it would not be good for the aluminum parts of the tumbler :-( killjoy...
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2007
2:44 PM

Post #3947257

Pics please, Wuvie! What color was the saucer?
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 7, 2007
2:51 PM

Post #3947285

Aw, Brender, I'm no guru, LOL.

It sure cannot hurt to try. I'm not sure, but it seems beach sand is finer.
When I use playground sand, it is smooth and often literally turns to mush
after almost a week tumbling. There have been times I could not get the
tumblers open because the insides had literally cemented in one big
hump.

I've discovered that using the sand and such that comes through our
creek works wonders. I simply get a bunch of it, run it through a
screen and rinse it off. I've also literally scooped a few spoons of creek
bed, dirt and all, into the tumbler. Two days later, I rinse the barrel
out and allow the same materials to continue tumbling throughout the
process. Works quite well and is free. Seems to tumble down the
sharper edges better.

For basic smoothing, play or beach sand works well, but creek stuff
is sort of like heavy duty.

I'm trying to get over my 'instant gratification' issues, so one day I'll
take the time to start off two days with super harsh additives such as
creek bed, then a few days later switch to finer sand to polish it up a bit.

But if you are looking for a bit of roughness, definitely experiment with
additives. Let us know whatcha tried.

:-) Karen Marie


:-) KM
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 7, 2007
2:58 PM

Post #3947327

Hi Brender,

The saucer was a cloudy-ish glass in, oh, what should
we call it, light olive? The edges were rounded and there
was ribbing through the plate, which stayed through the
tumble. Very nice.

Let me see if I can find a pic of that glass. BRB.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2007
4:09 PM

Post #3947571

Thanks, Wuvie,

That saucer sounds delicious!

I think it is probably the creek look I'm going for. I should find out where they get the stuff they put on the roads in winter... looking at my car.. it does a pretty good sandblasting job! I used the play sand because I got it for something else. But, you are right, it turned to mush. It really cemented stuff together. I guess it was pretty much clay slip at that point, at least that is what it felt like. But we are on sandy soil here. It used to be the beach eons ago. Actually, we lived about 25 miles north and had a couple of old stone walls on the property. Moving them around after the log skidder messed them up we found a rock with a fossil of a shell in it . Amazing really, as we are now about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. I'll just dig around here for some free sand. Maybe dig up something cool besides. We have found a lot of old bottles when digging up for other stuff but mostly clear or brown beer bottles.

Brenda (who also suffers from instant gratification issues ;-D )
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 8, 2007
1:20 AM

Post #3949285

Back when I was doing all my concrete work, I had a 10 yd dump truck deliver me a load of sand. It hasn't been used up - and it certainly doesn't degrade ... so as soon as I get back from FLA and as soon as the tumbler arrives - I will be having fun!!!!!!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #3949433

Ooh, Danc, will you be near any water to look for genuine glass?

wannadanc
Olympia, WA

September 8, 2007
3:21 AM

Post #3949796

Wuvie - my trip is a short one - gift from my son who insists he has to take his mother to Disneyworld. I am still chuckling over that. So - I don't envision the freedom to do the beach combing etc. Now - here at home - I am about 1.5 hours from the Pacific - so the opportunity to get real sea washed glass DOES exist here. I just have never done it - except to look for glass floats and such.

I will be back on Thursday...
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2007
1:42 PM

Post #3950672

Be careful, have much fun and don't forget to take pictures
with Mickey!

:-) KM
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2007
6:14 PM

Post #3951616

OK what's this all about? I got my tumbler today. Yippee! But the instructions (Oh please don't tell me it's complicated enough to need instructions) tell me I need to add abrasive which not included? Well I was about to get 'em all wadded up in a bunch when I popped on here and saw that you all are using sand. OK, I'm over that one.

But now I can't get the %#$ lid off the tumbler. I swear somebody at Harbor Freight is having quite a belly laugh even as I type this over the super glue they applied to the lid of my tumbler. I'm not kidding the thing will not budge. *sigh*.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2007
6:47 PM

Post #3951706

Ooh. Jane. That's a bugger. Let me see if I can
find any information about this. Hold tight, be calm,
we'll getcha fixed right up.

:-)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2007
7:08 PM

Post #3951763

The lid is a bit of a bugger. I used the washer that goes on the lid to GENTLY pry up the lid, kind of do a little bit at a time working your way around the rim just to get it started. Kind of like when you have to break the seal on a canning jar. It's a tight fit for sure but has to be.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2007
7:10 PM

Post #3951768

Hi Brender,

Glad you came along, I was having a problem finding anything
on this sticky lid issue.

Is there any reason the tumbler comes with the lid on so tight?

:-)

Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #3951793

Just happened to check the forum before heading out to my dad's for his birthday. I think it has to do with the combination of aluminum (lid) and the barrel (rubber). Kind of like flesh on vinyl on a hot day, flannel on flannel, ...that type of thing. You have to really push it on too. I put it on the floor and lean on the heels of my hands to make sure it is on properly. To get it off it just takes a little working around with the washer or a coin or something like that to break the seal enough to get your fingers under there.
Got a couple of cool bubble looking ashtrays to smash/tumble at a yard sale today. Will post a before and after pic when I get a chance. Off to the birthday boy's house.

Hope this helps, Lala! When you put the inner lid on make sure it is just even with the lip of the barrel. The instructions are not that great but I just gave it a whirl with what seemed to make sense.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2007
9:16 PM

Post #3952112

Thanks girls! Was just on my way to Dear Old Dad's to see if you could give me a hand (Im so instructionally challenged). I was afraid to keep applying pressure for fear of damaging the thing. I'll let you know how I make out...then ask for further instructions I'm sure, LOL!

And as an aside (since I imagine you'll be seeing more of me)...I feel like I should explain my name. Many folks on DG call me Jane (which is perfectly fine) but my nick is a bit deceiving. My name is actually Laura but when nephew #1 was born (holy cow that was almost 20 years ago!) he couldn't pronounce it so I became Auntie Lala. And so I have remained with each subsequent baby although it often gets shortened to Auntie La or just plain La. Believe it or not the name La as well as Lala was already taken here at Dave's so I threw my middle name in for good measure. And there you have it. Much more than you ever cared to know about Lala (aka Laura) Jane from zone 5 in Ohio. LOL!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2007
10:13 PM

Post #3952251

It's nice to officially 'meet' you, Auntie La!

We look forward to seeing much more of you, glad you joined!

KM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

September 10, 2007
4:34 PM

Post #3958605

Hi everyone im new to all this, glad i found you,just bought a tumbler as i want to make my own beach glass,i see some of you have had good results , i want to make mosaic mirrors i made one some time ago and loved making it, i gave it to my mother-in-law as a present she loved it,well so she said haha,my name is caroline im from the uk south wales im 44 years old.catch you all laters bye.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #3958779

Hi, Caroline!
Welcome. I'm new to the group, too. I've been to your part of Wales and it's lovely. Can't wait to go back some day. We spent the night in a guest house in Cardiff on our way to Snowdonia.
I just went to the thrift store today looking for some colored glass. Only got a small green vase but did get some wine bottles this weekend so guess I'll have to get the hammer out! Hope to see your work soon. Happy tumbling!

Brenda
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2007
11:12 PM

Post #3960012

Caroline,
Welcome ...
I haven't gotten a tumbler Yet .. but im sure it going to find its way here :-)
We like pictures around here.
Cheryl
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

September 10, 2007
11:56 PM

Post #3960163

Hi, brender,denimangle,i just put some glass into my tumbler old jug i found ,clear glass, but lets see what it turns out like,shall try and take a pic of it when its ready,brender im about 25 miles from cardiff lol i dont go into cardiff very often , always get myself lost lol ,im going to have to get some colored glass hope i can find some lol tip here i come.see you all laters bye.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
12:34 AM

Post #3960330

Hello!

So happy to see new people on this thread, the more
the merrier!

We hope you will come back time and time again to
share your projects.

:-) Welcome aboard!

Karen Marie
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
12:40 AM

Post #3960365

Yes, Caroline, you'll be "tip diving" before long ;-) I think we got lost in Cardiff, too!
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2007
2:44 AM

Post #3961006

Thanks so much for this thread and the harbor freight link for the less expensive price. We have a HF store here that I go to a LOT...very dangerous store for me :^) While most women get stuff like candy and such for significant days I get HF stuff...Hubby once got me a baby cement mixer that I have a grand old time with...kind of off the subject

Anyhoo, I got two of the tumblers and found some broken glass flower vases. The glass is kind of thin though. Will this work? Would hate to let the tumbler run for days on end with me staring at it in anticipation and then end with up with nothing. I also thought about getting some of the empty bottles from local bars. I do not drink myself but this is a college town and there is no lack of people that do LOL. Would those work? I am so glad that I read the part about using course sand. I had some really fine stuff left over from a project that I cannot remember (sound familiar??) but I guess I will use the course builders sand that I also have some of.

I am just going to sit and look at them until I get some guidance from all of you experts...
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
9:34 AM

Post #3961599

Welcome Tetleytuna!

I get HF stuff for special occasions, too. My dad gave me their 4" bench grinder for Christmas last year. We don't have a HF store but if we did it would be dangerous for the whole family. Wuvie definitely wears the tumbling tiara so she could answer your questions, but I would lean toward the bar bottles versus the thin glass. Although, you might be able to use the thin glass with the fine sand and tumble for a shorter time. Glad to have you here!

Brenda
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2007
11:53 AM

Post #3961829

Yeppers we are a strange bunch ... Tile saw for my birthday ...lol
HF is 100 from us and its a good thing ...
Cheryl
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
1:13 PM

Post #3962077

Hi Tetley,

Whoo hooo! Another glass fan and a Harbor Freight fan, this grows
more fun by the day!

Sure, hop on down to the local tavern, they are sure to have plenty
of glass for you. As Brender mentioned, the thinner glass isn't much
fun, and rather dainty. The same goes for the side walls of beer bottles,
as the glass is very thin. The bottoms and tops are nice, though.

If you can get your hands on wine bottles, or even thicker - champagne bottles,
the glass is great. I love champagne bottles, but hubby tends to cabbage
onto those for storing his home brew. Occasionally I make a trip by myself
to the recycling center, and they are all mine, mine, mine! LOL

Welcome to the thread!

:-) Karen Marie

Picture is of a sheet of tempered glass after shattering with a bowling ball.

Thumbnail by WUVIE
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
2:03 PM

Post #3962243

That tempered glass would look so cool on a mirrored wall so the light would reflect back through it.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
2:09 PM

Post #3962261

Brender, shhh! We may get ideas!

LOL

That would, however, be fabulous. Could you imagine how cool
that would look in a room full of candles?

Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
2:15 PM

Post #3962282

I know! especially if you could somehow have water cascading over it.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
2:36 PM

Post #3962358

(COVERING EARS)

I will not listen, I will not listen, I will do my work
and ignore ideas Brender is trying to put into my head,
trying to sidetrack me.

LOL. I'm so easily distracted. I went for shipping envelopes
a few minutes ago and spied a big bucket of tempered glass.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

:-)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
3:10 PM

Post #3962506

HAHA! The work situation today is such that I have to go to my "happy place" frequently to maintain so I cannot promise I won't drag you there with me, Wuvie! But, I'll try to keep it to a minimum... I really will try... ;-)
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
3:14 PM

Post #3962517

Okay, as long as you promise not to show pictures, I should be alright. LOL
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2007
4:06 PM

Post #3962697

OMG !! I just got the new HF sale paper Page 20 Tumblers $21.99 & a double for $34.99 But then on the back is a coupon for 15% off anything in the store .. They are really calling to me. I wonder if its good on line so I don't have to drive 200 miles for a tumbler :-(
Cheryl

This message was edited Sep 11, 2007 2:19 PM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

September 11, 2007
4:53 PM

Post #3962871

Thats so cheap, i paid 48.00 for mine more exspensive here in the uk, i got the cheapest i could.(3lb rock tumbler )
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
5:36 PM

Post #3963012

Just got the 350+ page Delphi glass catalog today.. not good since I am trying to work and easily distracted..anyway.. they have a tumbler in there that looks suspiciously like the HF 3lb tumbler and comes with 1 lb of metal shot (for jewelry polishing).. price tag of $89.95.

Carole, I don't know how HF sells them so cheap!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
5:54 PM

Post #3963082

(Wuvie whispers 'China')
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
6:25 PM

Post #3963189

Right again!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2007
8:27 PM

Post #3963599

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItemList.do
heres the double for $29.75 with coupon
Cheryl
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
9:18 PM

Post #3963777

Hmmmm my birthday IS next week... ;0)
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
9:18 PM

Post #3963779

I will not look, I will not look. Don't look, don't...

AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Why do they have these specials when I'm behaving
so well financially?

Don't look, KM, it will be back, I swear. LOL
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
9:21 PM

Post #3963786

They are on sale quite frequently Wuvie. Do not despair.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
9:27 PM

Post #3963825

Brender,

I confess, I was trying to find your date of birth, but could not
find it here:

http://davesgarden.com/birthdays.php?month=9&submit=Go

Is this odd or do I need glasses?

;-)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2007
10:42 PM

Post #3964011

I guess I overlooked that segment of the sign up. It is there now. A week from today I will be halfway to 90!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2007
11:28 PM

Post #3964148

Well, young lady, I'll be watching for your day to come!

Maybe we'll hire a band, rent a hall to dance in, hire a stripper?
Okay, so maybe not. LOL
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2007
12:26 AM

Post #3964330

D: All of the above.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2007
12:30 AM

Post #3964356

..and cake.
KBJ
Annville, PA

September 14, 2007
1:38 PM

Post #3974130

Wuvie: I cannot thank you enough for your post on "faux sea glass". I am an avid sea glass collector and so is my 13 year old son. We have a home in NC and do a lot of searching when we can get there. My son has decided to do his 7th grade science project on "sea glass" and if "man can make what nature produces". He is going to use several different sands/abrasives and will be comparing what he produces versus what is produced in natural water areas. Your post gives vivid detail on how to do this. In fact, we got the rock tumbler at harbor freight last night! It's on the website for $19.99 but is in the store for $29.99 and they told me to bring in the online ad and they would refund me. Any other thoughts/posts on what other material to use to produce that totally frosted appearance? What about that silicone that I have seen? I love your idea about going to thrift stores/yard sales for "glass".

Looking forward to sharing our progress, many thanks again.

PS: I LOVE that blue glass that you posted. It's simply beautiful.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

September 14, 2007
2:44 PM

Post #3974380

Hello KBJ,

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the forum, we're so happy you've joined us!

As I tend to ramble on at length, it may be a better idea to move this
to a new thread. Some of us have dial-up internet connections, often
resulting in the page taking forever to load, and I'm about to ramble again. LOL

Come on over to the new link, everyone!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/771071/
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 14, 2007
7:12 PM

Post #3975342

KBJ,
How are you buying from Harbor Freight.
When I go to the web page the best it will let me do is print a shopping list .. No way to buy anything .. Could someone post the link to the page that lets you buy on line ..It would save me a 200 mile trip
Cheryl

opps guess I should have posted on the new seaglass#2

This message was edited Sep 14, 2007 1:14 PM
tumblingbunny
Portland, OR

June 12, 2009
7:07 AM

Post #6676899

I just bought a tumbler from HF, and I am well into my first foray of making tumbled glass. I checked the glass today, and it is looking good. I am going to give it a few more days. Your posts have been so helpful. I am using vintage bottles and old cracked insulators. I just used play sand to start with. I will maybe experiment with some other media next time. I also have a lot of milk glass that I am looking forward to tumbling. I can't wait to post pics. I have lots of blue, green, and lavender glass that is heavy. I bought a small drill, and a diamond bit to drill holes. I think my tumbled glass is going to make some pretty sweet jewelry. Thank you, for your help, ~Bunny.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 12, 2009
12:28 PM

Post #6677257

tumblingbunny,
Welcome to the crazy world of tumbled glass here are the follow the links to the updated thread .lots to see & read
Have fun
Cheryl


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/791616/

Part 6:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/784510/

Part 5:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/780548/

Part 4:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/775925/

Part 3:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/774511/

Part 2:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/771071/

Part 1:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/761052/
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2009
12:47 PM

Post #6677307

...and don't forget to scour the second hand stores for those
big heavy old glass ashtrays.

Glad you joined us!
tumblingbunny
Portland, OR

June 15, 2009
6:38 AM

Post #6688942

I was dumpster diving last night, and one of my friends showed me a glass factory spot that had a dumpster full of beautiful colored glass scraps. I also smashed a chipped blue insulator that I had, and the chunks were just beautiful. I can't wait to see how they turn out. My first batch turned out wonderfully. I tumbled some light blue, and clear glass. This is way too much fun. I just wish I had a bigger tumbler. I started with the three pound one from HF. I bought a drill and some diamond bits, but drilling a hole is harder than I thought it would be. I guess it is just going to take some practice. I guess I will have to settle for wrapping my pieces for now. ~Bunny.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #6689543

Bunny,
are you drilling under water?

please post pictures we love pictures around here...
tumblingbunny
Portland, OR

June 17, 2009
4:09 AM

Post #6699057

Yeah!!! I figured out how to drill the glass. I used a little bit more water, and just let the drill bit skim the water. I am on my way to making jewelry. As soon as I finish a few pieces, I will post pics. ~Bunny.
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

August 12, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6936910

Hi All..
I'm new here,my name is David,e-mail:townsedan@cableone.net
I live in Pocatello,Id. Am interested in tumbling glass,have HF 3#tumbler> While surfing this site I reapost from ?? that uses a HF cement mixer.. How good dose this work for you?? Is it noisey ,dose it "TUMBLE" the glass or just break it into little piece's ?? I would like to "tumble" in quanity for my own use.. Would you please post a reply or e mail me with your likes or dislikes?
Thank You
Townsedan
(David)

This message was edited Aug 13, 2009 5:20 PM

This message was edited Aug 13, 2009 5:24 PM
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2009
3:22 AM

Post #6937077

Wow David.. Welcome to Daves.. I'm not so sure you should post your phone number on an open forum.. Speaking for myself.. I am prone to midnight dialing.. lol.. With some people its drunk dialing for me is sleeping medication dialing.. lol.. So don't tempt me with your number.. lol..

Wuvie (and others) can answer any and all your glass questions.. :)

I have yet to get my feet wet with it.. Just a few more days tho.. YAY



This message was edited Aug 11, 2009 9:30 PM
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2009
1:24 PM

Post #6937947

Hello David,

Welcome to Dave's Garden! You are certain to enjoy your membership!

Yes, I do have a concrete mixer and have used it for glass. However,
it is very noisy. I don't want the sharp edges merely knocked off, I want
the glass to be very smooth. As a result, the tumbler must be run off and
on for days, as the motor would likely not appreciate being run at all
times in order to complete the process.

The mixer does not break the glass up, though some pieces may in
fact break in the process. You'll have to add glass that is pretty much
the size, or just over the size you wish in the end result. The glass will
'shrink' if you will just a bit with each hour of tumbling.

Janice is right, you may wish to remove your phone number from the post.
Even though most of us are decent people, you never know, it is, after all,
the internet.

Hope this helps,
Karen Marie
:-)
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

August 14, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6943864

THANK'S FOR THE "HEAD'S UP" DELETED MY PHONE NUMBER!!
Wish we did not have to worry about or put with those kind of people..
Townsedan
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

August 15, 2009
9:31 PM

Post #6950356

Hi All..
I found some RED glass and some BLUE glass,very thick mugs at a thrift store for under $ 1.00 each. I use about one half pound each of pea gravel,sand and BB's.
Work's really good in a short amount of time. Am really excited to tumble the RED glass. Will let you know how it turn's out..
I think I will try to make a 5 gallon plastic bucket tumbler. This will take some
thought and engineering,but I will play with the idea..

WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6950438

Hello Towns,

Sadly, don't be surprised if your red and blue come out of
the tumbler clear. :-(
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

August 17, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6956162

Townsedan - welcome and have fun.

I think what Wuvie is trying to tell you is that some glass is just painted and that color will come off in the tumbling process. One way to determine whether color is painted on or if glass is actually red or blue would be to scratch it and see if clear glass results. Another way to check some things - like bottles - is to look down the neck. The bottom should NOT be clear. Others can give you their pretest ideas.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2009
4:27 PM

Post #6956861

It's a shame, too. I once bought what I truly thought was a pink glass rabbit.
After a soak in the sink (he was a dirty bunny) he came out clear after the
pink 'coating' peeled off. Sigh.

digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 18, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #6961197

OK , all , I sprung for a 40# tumbler so I could do all one color and get a bunch at one time . Wuvie , What is the size I should break the bottle glass to ? After tumbling it , I went back and rebroke it again so the pieces would be flatter . How small is too small to work with comfortable ? I might have to look for flat stuff to begin with and not mess with bottles . D
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6961719

Uhoh...someone gave me a rock tumbler (and all the STUFF that goes with it) about 6 months ago... LOL Maybe I shouldn't have found this thread...LOL

Will investigate after work today. I'm on my lunch break right now...

poof*
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #6964474

Ooh, another victim. Uh, I mean, a fan. LOL.

Welcome, Highmtn! Glad you joined our thread. Looking forward to
chatting much with you.

Digger, a forty pound tumbler? Whoo hoo!

If you don't necessarily want to mess with bottles, you can also
use plates. You would be amazed at the neat pieces from plates
and saucers. A simple pair of tile nippers and a few plates from
a local thrift shop, Salvation Army or Goodwill store yields very
cool results. Great mosaic tiles!

The size of the pieces depends on what you are doing. Big chunks
can be used as decor in the garden, smaller flat chunks can be used
in mosaics or for jewelry, etc. It all depends on what you wish to accomplish.

Do share! (Please?)
:-) KM
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 19, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #6964532

Got a bunch of projects going on , but want to get my glass stored up so when I start , don't have to be interruped . D
pennsybob1
Bentleyville, PA

August 19, 2009
6:55 PM

Post #6965378

new to the forum, wuvie.. but a thought with the tumblers.. dirt cheap is more than an expression, no?.. if you start the glass with builders sand, then change to white sand box sand the kids play in.. finer sand, a shinier finish on the glass ; just be sure to thoroughly rinse off all the builders sand.. the finer the grit, the shinier the piece (maybe ''shiny'' isn' the word.. less dull; more transluscent than opaque, but not clear to be sure..

pennsy
pennsybob1
Bentleyville, PA

August 19, 2009
6:59 PM

Post #6965395

and another thought... if it hasn't been mentioned in all the posts over the years.. don't forget the crafters and studios that work with stained glass.. might even be lucky to have a stained glass maker in the area.. their scraps are often just thrown out and are exquisite when tumbled.. the glass is made from colored silica so you don't have to worry about any surface flashing treatment being abraded and leaving you with clear glass at the end of the tumble cycle.. and the pieces are already broken for you

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Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #6966037

"stained glass maker in the area.. their scraps are often just thrown out and are exquisite when tumbled.. the glass is made from colored silica"

Wait.. stained glass is colored silica? Do you have a link with this info?

Because I have lots of stain glass I was going to tumble..

Finally YAY got my tumber (for my B-Day) except its a vibratory tumbler system.. HF didn't have any of the red barrel type so hubby bought me this one and it holds 5 lbs.. YAY... Funny I have been waiting for one, for what seems like forever. lol.. Now that its finally here, I'm not sure what want to break and stick in it..

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 19, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6966241

I read somewhere that the vibrator type was more efficient and faster . digger
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #6966385

DIGGER~~ 40# Oh MY!!! You have got to post a picture of it.. Do you have any projects in mind for all that glass? I need ideas... lol..
pennsybob1
Bentleyville, PA

August 20, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6966551

hey, dirt-road.. lemme try this again; tried to paste a link and everything else got deleted.. glass is silica.. the first glass was, it's believed an accident, when a bonfire on a beach melted the beach sand.. colored glass is silica with metal ores added.. copper, iron, etc.. the silica and ores are melted in a kiln, ''gathered'', and the mess is dumped onto a table where the different colored batches are mixed (looks like taffy).. then the lump is put into a roller press and the finished product that comes out the far end is stained glass/cathedral glass.. the colors are throughout and won't wear off with tumbling.. flashed glass has a thin painted layer on the surface that's fired to bond the color to the clear glass.. that's what comes off with tumbling.. not to be confused with cased crystal that's clear molten glass dipped into colored molten glass and the whole shootin match is either blown or molded, then patterns are ''cut to clear'' .. think those fabulous bowls, goblets and decanters from bohemia and slovakia.. those would make interesting tumbled pieces, too, if ya happen to break one.. hope this helps
pennsy
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 20, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #6968239

Here that monster is ,Dirt , and I can give the suppliers name , if Daves let you do that . Digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 20, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6968247

Here's another view from the top , showing more of the motor .

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Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2009
6:23 PM

Post #6969074

digger~lol.. that is a monster!! The blue monster.. have you tried running it on that table? Looks like it would take off dragging the table behind it.. lol.. Cant wait to see what comes out of blue monster...

Oh and I put lots of stained glass in my tumbler last night and turned it on just to see how loud it would be... OH MY GOD... Turned that sucker right back off.. It will have to go outside.. No doubt about that.. Maybe on the screen porch.. I bet with that thing running I dont have to worry about coons trying to come up on the porch.. lol..
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 20, 2009
8:54 PM

Post #6969509

That's a sewing machine and I did run it on there the first time around . will start it again tomorrow but it will set on the floor . That's an extra bedroom . D
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

August 23, 2009
10:31 PM

Post #6980517

Well the RED glass from the thrift store tumbled to really pretty clear. I did put my pocket knife to it before I bought it,scratch test said Red Glass,tumbler test said you got hosed on that piece.. Oh well,the blue glass is blue glass and turned out really good and frosty. I think I would like one of those 40lb. tumbler's..
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

August 23, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #6980585

David I bet you would.. Since you were asking questions about the cement mixers.. One like Digger has might just be what you are needing.. GLad you had luck with your piece of blue glass..

I have a whole WHOLE set of blue glass dishes.. I told my oldest daughter I was thinking of taking a hammer to them and she was in shock.. BUT MOM they are still perfect and you still have all the pieces.. lol.. I guess I will hang on to them a little longer.. They are such a pretty blue.. I need to find a craft to do with them, before I do give them the hammer of death..
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

August 24, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #6981263

JANICE
i HAVE FOUND THAT AND, NOW USE A CENTER PUNCH ALONG WITH THE "HAMMER" TO BREAK THE GLASS I WANT TO TUMBLE, WHEN YOU USE A CENTER PUNCH YOU CAN "COTROL" THE BREAK AND ALSO THE SIZE OF EACH PIECE (PRETTY MUCH) AND END UP WITH ALOT LESS MINI
SLIVER'S AND CRUMBS THAT ARE OF NO USE.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 24, 2009
2:39 AM

Post #6981447

Can you post a picture of "center punch and hammer" ? D
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2009
3:10 AM

Post #6981549

Digger I believe Dave was talking about using a hammer because I said I was going to take a hammer to my glass.. lol... I believe he was suggesting I use a center punch place it on the glass and then hit the center punch with the hammer.. By the way great idea David!! And that would make perfect sense using the center punch to help cut down on the slivers and tiny pieces.

Digger~ here is a picture of a center punch I googled.. :-) Now gotta ask hubby has one. Im sure he does..



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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 24, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #6981583

Ok, like a nail set . I have both a ns and a center punch ,different sizes . I thought you was talking about something you put the glass in and hit it with a hammer . Duh ! I'm not comfortable breaking glass . I have a concrete block i put in a plastic tub , then lay a thick magazine over it and tap . I'm so afraid I'll get some on the porch and step on it , I hose the porch off each time and put water in the tub , empty that into the tumbler .
I can give the name of the co. I bought that from . free shipping . I got it on buy now on ebay , but I have his return address . dmail me if you want , he had some smaller . digger
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2009
8:20 PM

Post #6991396

Hi digger...you're gonna love that big monster. I have one like it and I love mine. Hurry and tumble and show pictures.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 28, 2009
11:03 PM

Post #6999208

just don't center tempered glass with out it being covered up
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 29, 2009
8:24 PM

Post #7002102

Reminder...when breaking tempered glass, be sure to clean both
sides first.
:-)
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #7002621

Thanks for the tip Wuvie
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

November 14, 2009
10:48 PM

Post #7274364

Hi ALL
It is now turning COLD here in south-east Idaho,I have my tumbler's out side in a covered patio and am wondering if adding rock salt to the mix to keep it from freezing will "hurt" the rubber barrel of my H.F. tumbler ??
Yes a center punch and hammer is a good way to "size" glass,I alway's use one.
Another thing I do is build a fire in a "chimania" git a good deep bed ao coals,add a couple of wine bottles,feed the fire from the top and melt the bottles.
They don't really melt but they "sag" or "collapse" real nice,leave them in the coals
until cold,center punch smack and tumble. Result's: VERY nice.
Try it,you might like it!!
David
JacksonMarie
Los Angeles, CA

November 15, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #7277269

I happen to Google "How to tumble glass" about an hour ago. Found this forum. Started reading from August, 2007 and here I am...mesmerized. Fabulous info! I have a tumbler (use for polishing my silver creations) and a glass kiln (have been using for silver clay jewelry), and tons of other tools and apparatus. Now I am now moved to start playing with glass based on everything I've read here. Just wanted to join, login, and say hello.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2009
4:47 PM

Post #7279219

JacksonMarie, very nice to see you here! You will soon find that if you wander around Dave's Garden, you'll be hooked. Hope you will stay with us!

Karen Marie
BowMarPizza
Littleton, CO

December 11, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #7357489

Hi Karen Marie, Thanks for all of the great information. I just returned home from Maui yesterday armed with 5 ziploc bags of authentic sea glass that I scoured the shore and found! There are a few pieces that are still a bit rough around the edges...I was wondering if I can just tumble some pieces for a short amount of time to smooth them out a bit or will that affect the natural sea effect? Thanks so much for your help! Beth
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #7360459

Anyone still waiting for the HF sale on Rock Tumbler ?
I just got the new sale paper today & they have 3 different tumblers on sale.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 12, 2009
2:35 PM

Post #7361378

Hi Beth!

Oh my gosh, genuine sea glass from Maui? I guess since I don't live
anywhere near a sea or source for such glass, I'm thoroughly envious.
Personally, I would not mechanically tumble the sea glass, but keep it
as is. What a wonderful treasure!

You might tumble the rougher pieces, but keep them separate from your
true sea glass, maybe on display in a dish. What a fun find!

A bit of play sand or even rough stuff out of the driveway will work. My little
Rolling Stones tumblers with a bit of grit and some water, then four days later
and wow!

It is so nice to see this thread alive and well with new folks. :-)

Karen Marie
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 15, 2009
4:55 PM

Post #7371144

You are a great inspiration to all , Wuvie . Sending flowers . digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 15, 2009
4:56 PM

Post #7371150

You are a great inspiration to all Wuvie . Sending flowers . digger
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 19, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #7383208

Wuvie, don't you have something else you can show us? I need something new to copy. And you digger, what's happening with your new tumbler? Time for show and tell!
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2009
3:39 AM

Post #7383813

That is soooo coool! Great job Wuvie!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 24, 2009
8:38 PM

Post #7396379

Am in Texas so don't have any of my stuff with me , Dahtzu.Will be so glad to get back to my own puter, and junk ,eerrr, trash. digger
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

December 24, 2009
10:13 PM

Post #7396592

Hi All
I went to Harbor Freight here in Pocatello,Id. for a set of "picks" to remove small pieces of gravel from melted wine bottle glass and WOW,there in the area of "tool's" was a stack of 6 two drum tumblers on sale for $39.00. The one drum tumblers were $36.00 so got a two drum tumbler,I now have four drum's rolling..
Merry Christmas to all.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2009
2:30 AM

Post #7396924

O)K Town...we must have pictures!
Merry Christmas to all.
Faye
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

December 25, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #7398054

OK,dathzu,Faye
I will post a couple of pictures soon of, "4 drums rolling", melted wine bottle glass, and a piece of "glass art"
What a great hobby!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 26, 2009
5:05 PM

Post #7399563

Whooo hoooo!
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

December 27, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #7402591

Trying to post a few pix
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

January 3, 2010
2:04 AM

Post #7421504

This is one of the four pics i will post..

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townsedan
Pocatello, ID

January 3, 2010
2:07 AM

Post #7421514

2 of 4

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townsedan
Pocatello, ID

January 3, 2010
2:09 AM

Post #7421524

3 of 4

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townsedan
Pocatello, ID

January 3, 2010
2:11 AM

Post #7421532

4of4

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townsedan
Pocatello, ID

January 24, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #7491997

Hi All:
No new post's for over a month! ?? No "tumbler's" out there anymore?
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

January 24, 2010
9:35 PM

Post #7492303

For me, the tumblers are out in the unattached, unheated garage - and there is NO inspiration to go out there and get to "rocking".
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

January 25, 2010
12:21 AM

Post #7492822

I am new to the group. Have been doing tumbling projects for a little while now. I have been following the thread for a few months and have read all the way back to the 2007's postings, so I sort of know what has been going on. My project right now is making tumbled glass windows. Like stained glass, but I am using tumbled glass.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2010
1:36 AM

Post #7493090

PLEASE, PLEASE post some pictures, windrose~!!!
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

January 26, 2010
12:41 AM

Post #7496727

Oh dear, I knew someone would ask me that. How do I upload pictures? Sorry, I wish I knew more about computers.

Today I finished making a geode using shards of glass I had left over from projects. I made a green one. Looks like emeralds.
I scooped out a section of a styrofoam ball (one of the small ones) with a spoon. I grouted the outside with gray grout last night and let it sit. Today I put in the shards.
I wanted to use all the fine ground glass I have for the center of it, but just could not get it to stick. So I had to use all shards. But it looks good, I think! haha
I used "3 in 1" glue and sort of pushed the shards in to the styrofoam and the glue held it in. The grout looks sort of primitive, but I think I can improve on it. I can add texture and some color to the grout to make it look more like a rock.
I will see if I can get my husband to load some pictures for me of the geode and the glass frames. I got the idea of the geode from the thread. Someone had asked if anyone had tried making a geode out of left over tumbled glass. No one responded, but I kept thinking about it.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2010
1:07 AM

Post #7496807

Here's how it works for me, windrose:
When I post a reply, there's a box labeled "Image" immediately below and a button that says "Browse".
First I find the photo using "My Computer" (use whatever way is most comfortable for you).

Then I click the "Browse" button in the DG post and go to where that file is. A window similar to My Computer opens for me. I highlight the right file that is the photo I want, and then click "Open" in that little window. After a minute or so, there will be letters in the "Image" box that correspond to my photo's file name. Then I click "Preview" to make sure it's the right one, then after it shows up on my screen, I click "Send".

Here are the instructions from the Dave's Garden Frequently Asked Questions forum:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/397510/
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

January 27, 2010
1:07 AM

Post #7500439

wannadanc wrote:For me, the tumblers are out in the unattached, unheated garage - and there is NO inspiration to go out there and get to "rocking".


For me it's a covered patio,with tumblers,it's cold here in south-east Idaho but,
the tumblers are rolling.
rocktumbler
Chandler, AZ

January 28, 2010
4:35 AM

Post #7504195

Hey I found a AWESUM site to buy Rock tumblers, LARGE or SMALL for whatever your needs. I got the 12 pounder for tumbling glass for windchimes. You can check them out if you like at http://www.rock-tumbler.net they got GREAT prices, best Ive seen on the web...Just FYI and have fun!!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2010
1:01 AM

Post #7510390

Rocktumbler .. Pictures of tumbled glass windchimes please!!!!

Windrose.. Have you had any luck with the pictures would love to see the windows..
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 2, 2010
5:44 PM

Post #7522608

I hope this works. I am posting a picture I took of the frame hanging in my window. The mini blinds sort of add lines in the frame that aren't there, but it is all I have. I will take one of the amber one I made (my favorite so far) without miniblinds. At least they are clean!

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 2, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #7522625

Now this geode I made was really just to see if it might be achievable. I really slung it together, so I know it looks really stupid. Too round and not enough grout on the outside of it.

I hollowed out styrofoam, grouted the outside and glued in small pieces of glass left over from another project. I think I can make the styrofoam more rock like in conformation by cutting and sanding. Also, I am going to try and color the grout to look more rock-like. Just got some amethyst colored glass, so will work on it soon. Also, I need more of a lip around the glass.

I wanted to put the really tiny, fine glass in the middle of it, but couldn't get it to stick.

I sure hope y'all will give me suggestions!

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 2, 2010
8:31 PM

Post #7523177

uh oh, I am dangerous now that imapigeon taught me how to upload pictures! But here is a styrofoam head I made for a friend of mine's birthday. She put it out in her yard. The blue glass is from broken, tumbled, Reisling bottles.

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 2, 2010
8:32 PM

Post #7523183

Side view.

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 2, 2010
8:33 PM

Post #7523187

Blue head in the yard.

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2010
8:33 PM

Post #7523188

Yay---got your photos to work!! I reallly like both pieces---very imaginative ideas! I think it would be really fun to somehow light up the geode...either from behind or from the bottom...hmmmmmmm...

I can see it's time to go get my tumbler going again.

We crossposted, windrose---I like the head, too. None of these are things I would have thought of doing with tumbled glass on my own. I'm so glad you shared your projects---can't wait to see more!

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 2, 2010
11:05 PM

Post #7523565

Well, it is very exciting to get feedback, imapigeon. Like most of you, I am just puttering around with my tumbled glass. I don't really know what I am doing, just trying different things. I feel I could get some really good advice and feedback from this thread.

imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2010
12:13 AM

Post #7523777

Another forum you might want to post on is "Mosaics and Stained Glass". I think some people there would also be interested in what you're doing, and you will get different input than on this one---I often post a project in more than one place. DG is a fantastic resource!!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2010
4:02 AM

Post #7524480

I was just going to say that, Ima.
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 3, 2010
2:24 PM

Post #7525350

Here is what I am currently working on. Ready to grout! The amber is mostly from Chimay Ale bottles I tumbled. But some of it is from some other beer bottles.
What is everyone else working on right now? I know most of you are in hibernation!

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2010
3:02 PM

Post #7525471

That's pretty fantastic, too!!
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 3, 2010
3:47 PM

Post #7525595

Thank you! I made this for my sister. So far, I have just been giving stuff away. Don't know if anyone would PAY for it. Do you think they would? I would love to do craft shows and stuff like that.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2010
5:02 PM

Post #7525811

I'm not the right person to ask----I make pots and tiles, and I can't sell my own stuff worth beans, although everyone I give something to tells me I should. I can sell anybody else's, though...LOL!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 3, 2010
11:38 PM

Post #7527003

I would buy that!
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 4, 2010
12:33 AM

Post #7527168

Thank you! What the heck are you doing in South Korea, anyway? Is it really cold there?
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2010
12:48 AM

Post #7527212

DH retired from the Army and got wanderlust... He works for the Army as a civil servant and decided that we needed some more adventures before we get too old.
It is really very cold here...like a month went by with only a couple of days "up" in the 20's. My "heavy winter coat" must weigh 20+ pounds and I can't even explain how the cold freezes the part of your legs that aren't covered by coat or snow-boot. We have come to an agreement that we will never live north of south Dallas/Fort Worth again (If we can possibly help it). This so called "real" winter is brutal/ugly!
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

February 4, 2010
3:05 PM

Post #7528717

I've always heard that Korea is just bitterly cold. Are you originally from Texas? What projects are you working on right now?
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2010
11:56 PM

Post #7530473

Sort of, we got married in Beaumont and lived there for a while before he joined the Army. We have lots of family all over the state.
Right now I am not working on anything except ideas! I donated all of my crafting stuff and all of my tools are in storage back in the States, so for now, I am just working on ideas and I ♥ that table!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

February 5, 2010
10:52 PM

Post #7533440

To respond to the idea of lighting the geode - check out http://www.glowinc.com. They sell paints that glow in the dark. I think it would be fantastic. They have forums on the website where lots of ideas are osted. From the descriptions of painting stars and comets I suspect you could use several colors on the inside of your geode and get a fantastic effect. In fact, I'll put it on my list of things to try when my kitchen is put together (first things first).

katie
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 6, 2010
2:49 AM

Post #7534250

Windrose,
Is the framed hanging glass on glass? if so what did you use as a glue?
love all the art you have posted lots of new things to think about thanks for shearing.

JuneyBug,
Im 100 miles south of D/FW and keep telling DH he has moved me to far north :)
Stay Warm till you can get back to Texas
townsedan
Pocatello, ID

February 6, 2010
11:43 PM

Post #7536649

windrose wrote:I hope this works. I am posting a picture I took of the frame hanging in my window. The mini blinds sort of add lines in the frame that aren't there, but it is all I have. I will take one of the amber one I made (my favorite so far) without miniblinds. At least they are clean!


WINDROSE
What was the Blue glass before it became part of the window??
I found some blue wine bottles in Oregon but,it's a little bit hard to find here in Idaho. As "they" say:Welcome to Idaho,end of the world,5 miles..
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 7, 2010
12:32 AM

Post #7536783

Townsedan, I thought that End of The World was Kemmerer WY ... LOL
Blue is hard to find here in East Texas too
there is a brand of water that comes in blue glass (so im told)
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

February 7, 2010
1:36 AM

Post #7536924

I used to get an Arizona Iced Tea flavor in blue glass, but I think they've switched to plastic, darn them. Yes, there's a water but I can't bring myself to pay for it just for the glass. However, I'm always on the lookout for cheap wine in blue bottles---THAT I'm willing to spring for...LOL!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 7, 2010
1:58 AM

Post #7536988



For our friends on dial-up, this thread may be getting quite a page to load.
Come on over to our new thread, and we'll carry on the discussion of blue glass,
tumbling glass and so much more.

P.S. Cookies on the next page. ;-)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1074275/


seaglassgraphic
Turners Falls, MA

February 24, 2010
11:13 PM

Post #7585212

hello- I saw all your great posts on tumbling and glass and wondered if I might ask for some advice?

I want to make dishes that look like seaglass. Could a tumbler (if there was a big enough one) do this or would the dishes break? Or any other ideas of how I could get a seaglass texture onto a plate size piece of glass?


(They would be to eat off of- so could't be sprayed with frost spray.)

Thanks in advance for any help.
Jen
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

February 27, 2010
9:36 PM

Post #7592706

You might play around with different types of sandpaper. (I haven't done this; the thought just sprang to mind.)

katie
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2010
8:05 PM

Post #7594862

You might have the best luck with a mini sandblaster like these: http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1TSHBCENUS345&q=hobby sandblaster&btnG=Google Search&aq=1p&oq=da&aqi=g-p3g7
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 28, 2010
10:17 PM

Post #7595184

Thanks Juneybug for helping me spend my money I didn't know they made them this small...lol...

this little guy looks like fun
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=37025

.. Next trip to HF and hes mine!!!! good thing its 100 miles cant beat the price ..& DH has the compresser

JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 1, 2010
1:58 PM

Post #7596595

I love t♥♥ls...
awennerlind
Lubbock, TX

May 12, 2010
9:07 PM

Post #7788612

Hello Everyone! (Wuvie especially...since you seem to be an old expert at this!) :-)

My name is Angie and I live in Lubbock, Texas. I came across this forum when searching for "how to make sea glass." I work at a NONprofit organization (hints the interest in making trash to treasure!) that helps adults with disabilities. We are getting into ceramics with molds, a kiln, and the whole bit to offer jobs to special needs folks and also are taking an interest in mosaics.

Once pricing mosaic glass, however, you realize that it is no cheap hobby. I think its such a neat idea to make sea glass instead.

SO... drumroll please... I made a trip to Harbor Freight and purchased my very own 3 lb capacity tumbler, smashed a wine bottle to smitherines, and am now "patiently" waiting for my glass to turn out like all of you old pros.

So I guess I just wanted to introduce myself and say thank you for the great community and good advice! I hope that my glass turns out.

*sigh*...

waiting...
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 14, 2010
12:24 PM

Post #7792757

Welcome - This is a fun place to hang out.

I'm just home from Ca. where I picked up supplies for brown bagging and boxes of red and purple scrap stained glass. They are the hardest colors to find. Also got some amber blobs (random shapes) from an ebayer. Scrap stained glass is the cheapest way I've found for red and purple. I have tons (almost literally) of blue, green amber and clear. From the dump.

Lots to do.

katie
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2010
11:00 AM

Post #7795030

Awennerlind,

So good to have a newbie on this thread, and one with such an important mission!

I'm very glad you were able to get some good stuff from the thread, there are a lot
of great folks here who have fabulous and very creative ideas.

Stay tuned, and keep us updated on all of your project, which I hope make a lot
of money for the organization!

:-) Karen

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 15, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #7795209

What a FANTASTIC photo! IMHO, you should enter that in the DG contest!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2010
3:01 PM

Post #7795448

Aw, Ima. I love taking pictures of frogs, but sadly, my camera is not contest worthy.
Hubby and I are discussing a new camera, hopefully with super zoom and close-up clarity.

imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 15, 2010
3:52 PM

Post #7795523

Who cares what kind of camera you used when you get such a cute picture? Looks to me like "The Princess Frog"...LOL!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 16, 2010
5:53 AM

Post #7796873

Like crawdads ?

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #7797373

EXCELLENT---I'm hearing opera as I look at that one!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 16, 2010
1:17 PM

Post #7797997

Or crabs ?
I am way off topic , but the devil made me do it .
Promise , this is the last .

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2010
1:36 PM

Post #7798038

Oliver Twist ("Please, sir, may I have some more?")
Wuvie started it!!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 16, 2010
6:17 PM

Post #7798992

Can I , Wuvie ? And some more frogs , please . I don't have frogs on puter .
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2010
7:15 PM

Post #7799167

One more for the night, and then it's off to bed for both of you!
;)

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2010
8:54 PM

Post #7799448

You have a TAME frog????
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2010
2:41 PM

Post #7801577

Oh, Ima, they are all tame. They sing, dance and even play with the cats.

LOL
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2010
4:40 PM

Post #7801916

I'm impressed!~!~
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 17, 2010
7:04 PM

Post #7802398

I have a toad that gets on the porch . It hasn't figured out that I have bug light and no bugs . Sometimes I have to return him to the yard , think he can't find his way off the porch .
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

May 19, 2010
8:05 AM

Post #7806830

Well, this isn't about frogs (haha) but wanted to let yall know that I covered a kid's ball I got at a garage sale for 25 cents, with Quickrete, and then mosaiced it with tumbled glass and mirror. It turned out great.
The styrofoam balls I was using were $20 and I think I probably spent about $5.00 in Quickrete on the first one. I put on one layer of Quickrete, then that fiber tape, and another layer of Quickrete. The last two balls I made, I just did one layer of Quickrete because I don't think the smaller balls need all that much reinforcement.
Started covering a beach ball over the weekend. Very difficult to do. Once you have the Quickrete on the top or where ever you put it, the ball tends to roll (fast and suddenly!)to put the heaviness on the bottom. Sort of like covering one of those kids punching clowns. Putting the ball in a plastic container has helped. It is taking forever! I am going to reinforce it though, because it is so big.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2010
8:07 AM

Post #7806840

And the pictures would be...????
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 19, 2010
9:57 AM

Post #7807262

Yeah , where are the pictures ?
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

May 20, 2010
3:16 PM

Post #7811555

My DH gets back Friday from D.C. and he took the camera. But will post one this weekend. The small balls were created from kids basket and soccer balls. The glass looks really 3D with the concrete behind it. Really pretty cool, and the mirror turns the yard into disco ball mode.

The beach ball is really hard to do. I am sort of discouraged. It is just huge. It has been alot of work just getting the first layer of concrete on it and I still have to reinforce it and put on another layer. Mixing the cement is really hard with arthritis. I don't have a mixer, just a bucket.
I am going to try and just paint it with metallic paints. Going to practice painting on one of the kids balls first, since I figure if I screw it up it won't matter since it will be covered with mosaics.
Wuvie, if you read this, didn't you say you had an issue gluing on top of paint? Is there something I need to know before I do this?
Wish I knew how to take pictures off my phone and send them to the computer!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 20, 2010
4:27 PM

Post #7811777

Wind , we are a patient bunch . Any good excuse is accepted .They waited years for me to even buy a camera .We are sitting here twiddling our thumbs , waiting .lol
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2010
11:21 AM

Post #7814023

Hi Windrose,

Yes, some paints may chemically react with certain adhesives. It may
be a matter of trial and see.

:-) Karen
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2010
7:33 PM

Post #7844135

I have a rock tumbler & just got a vibratory tumbler. Haven't had time to try them out yet but sounds great. I have different sizes of grit to use. Will start looking for cheapie tumblers at yard sales & ebay. I love that sea glass you made. Thanks for this article.
awennerlind
Lubbock, TX

June 12, 2010
9:23 PM

Post #7883512

Thanks Wuvie (and others) for the welcome! I have been a busy bee since my last post after just recently purchasing my 3 lb tumbler... it literally has not stopped running since the day I got it! I've had tremendous results.

I have been dumpster diving for wine bottles, etc. and am already eye-ing the 35 lb capacity tumbler on ebay. :-) Haha. Someone said this thread led to developing bad habits... I think they were right! I also purchased a mirror today at a garage sale that I am planning on smashing to use in some mosaics as well.

I am finding like you all already know, that the hardest colors to find are the oranges, reds, pinks, and purples. We don't really have a stained glass supplier where I live, but I am currently tumbling broken plates, etc.

I will have to post some of the pictures of the mosaics that our special needs folks create using our glass.This thread has been a great help. I can't wait to share picts!

~Angie


windrose
Cedar Park, TX

June 14, 2010
3:43 PM

Post #7888592

Finally got some pictures of the cement balls I made into gazing balls. This first one is green tumbled glass from wine bottles and broken mirror. Makes a great prism for the garden. The entire garden has prisms. I think this one was a basketball

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

June 14, 2010
3:45 PM

Post #7888599

Here is a pink one I tried. Have pottery on the ends, with some broken pink glass I found and mirror. This is a soccer ball.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2010
6:29 PM

Post #7889108

they both are really nice... I really love the pink one with the rose
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #7901021

We'rre up on Lake Erie for the weekend. Pretty seaglass here
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2010
6:43 PM

Post #7901182

Ooh, Button, must find a few pieces and make something lovely to wear
as a remembrance of the weekend!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2010
6:49 AM

Post #7902212

found this last night surfing the web kind of cool

Sculpture in Sea Glass

http://tinyurl.com/23o7c4w

http://www.seaglassassociation.org/

This message was edited Jun 19, 2010 7:51 AM
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2010
1:16 AM

Post #7904425

Neat idea WUVIE! I googled sea glass jewelery and now have a new passion...(you are SUCH! an enabler♥)
GlassGal
Sunnyside, NY

October 29, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #8183284

Hi..I'm new to this site but not to sea glass!
I've been collecting it from beaches and shore lines for many years, but now was interested intumbling my own to get better colors.
I've read that using sea salt instead of sand work better.
Have you heard this?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2010
4:58 PM

Post #8183946

Welcome GlassGal,
No I haven't heard anything about seasalt .
what is the effect on the glass
Cheryl
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 30, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #8185855

I have a couple rock tumblers and if you google tumbling glass, I believe it says to use grit.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

October 31, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #8186260

Hi , Judy , we use salt and vinegar to polish gold .
Sharemom3422
Parchment, MI

July 21, 2012
3:21 AM

Post #9213067

Looks like I'm a few years behind in this, but just bought a rock tumbler and I'm very excited about it. The original post and all comments have been very helpful. Thank you.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #9213374

Hello ShareMom,

We are thrilled you have joined us! Come on over to the 11th thread.
If you dare. LOL.

Glad you are here!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1271980/

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