Carrying on from our last thread, a few new folks joined, with KBJ
last discussing her son's school project.
Quoting: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.
I'll be back in just a moment to respond to this post, have to close the other thread. :-)
Defoecat, Lizrainey, LouC, Brender, Denimangle, Lala_Jane,
Silverfluter, Sunny_1, UniQueTreasures, Wannadanc, Caro_uk,
Tetleytuna, and our latest member, KBJ. Please tell me I did not
miss anyone, I've got those 'in your forties' eyes now. Glasses, anyone?
Welcome, welcome! Hope you've all joined us again!
KBJ, let me first welcome you to the thread. What a fun school
project for your son! Glad you were able to get a partial refund
for the tumbler. At present, I'm using a series of Rolling Stones
brand tumblers, but hope to try the Harbor brand soon. We hope
you will keep us updated on your son's project. Wouldn't that be
fun to win an award for his project? Whoo hoo! An A+ is on the way!
The frosty appearance will inevitably happen, taking anywhere
from three to four days, but a full week will make them absolutely
smooth and frosty. Basic sand seems to work, but will get mushy
and create a muck of sorts. Hubby has often had to help get the
lids off due to this problem. A light application of Vaseline on the
inside of the lid and the outer lip of the barrel seems to alleviate
the problem of sticky lids, at least with regard to the Rolling Stones
brand of tumblers.
Today I hope to break up and begin tumbling yet another vase, which
is pictured on this thread It was beautiful, but tipped over by a pet, breaking
the tips of the vase off, which were scalloped and rounded. Very pretty.
The vase weighs a few ounces shy of FIVE pounds, so I can't wait to see
how the glass turns out.
Brender, the image on the beginning of this thread is the olive
colored saucer I was talking about on our last thread. The pieces
in the bottom right hand corner were the plate section, with bumps.
Very neat! The other pieces are from the edges, which were scalloped,
if you will. They are dying to be made pendants!
Love the saucer! Thanks for the pic. Reminds me of a necklace I had in the 80s...probably still have it somewhere!
Going to try the vaseline on the stubborn HF tumbler lid to see if it is helps in removal. Hoping to finish my work up so I can have time reload the tumbler, but I can see it is going to be difficult to focus on work today with more ideas whirling about !
And if anyone is lamenting the cost of a tumbler... a glass supply catalog I have sells 4.4lbs of "sea glass" for $29.95 plus S&H of course. So, if you have to justify the cost to yourself, or someone else, this would be a "pro" on the pro/con list.
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 ..they arn't even showing prices. Could someone post the link to the page that lets you buy on line ..It would save me a 200 mile trip
Cheryl: Go to HarborFreight.com and search for "rock tumbler". They will all be listed including the 3# tumbler I purchased. You should be able to click on "add to basket" and then "checkout". Let me know how you make out. We are headed to the thrift shop to seek out pink, lavendar, blue and red hues for the project. Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome and any advise you provide.
I love this place ... Yall just saved me sooo much money .. I ordered the double tumbler ...
$7.99 shipping & I didn't have to pay tax. I couldn't have paid for lunch with that Much less gas ...Hubby would have gone with me to Waco ... and im sure we would have found things we just couldn't live with out :-) & I always have to go to the craft stores & fabric shops ...
I feel like I got the tumbler for free ...lol
Mark my word. Harbor Freight will raise the prices on
the tumblers pretty quick. I remember when we all went out
to buy the tile saws from Lowe's, they raised the prices not
once but twice. I may have to bump a tumbler up in the budget,
Just a quick mention for anyone who may not know, often
times you need to copy and paste a very long URL which is
cut off because it is so long.
Ok. I am hooked as well. I don't know how I came across this thread in the first place but did and also a "tumbler". LOL. I bought a kids version of a tumbler at Hobby Lobby. I am only on day three so I can't wait to see the final process. I also ordered a double barrel one from Harbor Freight and haven't gotten it yet. It looks much better than the one I bought at Hobby Lobby.
My question is this. Where do you buy the loose sand. I know you can buy play sand at Lowes but does anyone know where to find a finer grade sand? The kit that came with my machine has four different grades of sand. The last one is for polishing and feels like baking soda. I noticed that Harbor Freight has sand but it seemed a little pricey to me. I would appreciate any suggestions. I will post before and after pictures when I am done.
Right now I am tumbling raw gemstones so I am very anxious to see the end result.
I love this thread.
Most of us are merely tumbling glass chunks, which do not require
a fine grade of grit, but if you are tumbling the stones that came with
your kit, you will definitely need to use the various grits which each
step calls for, or you won't be pleased with your results. If you were
tumbling glass, you could follow the same steps, though I admit to
only having tried that once...thinking that eventually one may end up
with softened edges and a polished appearance.
I'm still playing around with the basics and haven't invested the time in
polishing the glass, just rounding and frosting it. :-) Rocks and gems
are another story.
One would need to tumble for a long time on such a fine grit sand, so
that is why many of us use common play sand; which is readily available
but turns to muck many times. Some use creek sand, which tends to be coarse,
but gets the job done quicker. I can't remember, but it seems someone even
mentioned using little bb-like things.
But again, these are things we've tried using glass. If I were tumbling gemstones
I would not toss common sand into the barrel, I would use the grit that came
with the kit. I'm not sure I'm making any sense, my brain is still sleeping. LOL.
Hi I just stumbled on this forum and am so excited. I have been thinking lately how I wanted to tumble broken glass, so this is heaven! Just curious, will a vibrator tumbler work as well? Since I am not familiar with tumbling and after reading the posts I see you add water, do you have to use water when you tumble glass? Ohhh thinking of all the blue glass I have collected over the years that I now want to break & start to tumble. What would be the largest size piece of glass you have been able to tumbled?
I see I have some homework to do before I can get started, im just so excited!
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the thread! Grab a chair,
a hammer and let's have fun, LOL!
With regard to vibratory tumblers, I do not have one, nor have
I ever used one, but hopefully someone will be along to chime
in with experience.
It is my understanding the vibratory tumblers
do not give the rounded shapes most of us seek when tumbling
glass. The rotarys, other than having O-ring slippage once in a while,
can be left unattended, while the vibratory require checking to make
certain water level remains consistent. The vibratory style are also,
for some, much noisier.
As for the water, yes, it is required, though I'm no expert. It just
seems the water is a necessary component to imitate the ground of
the ocean floor. If the glass tumbled naked with only grit, I think you
would end up just tumbling glass naked with grit. LOL.
At present, I have some pieces of glass tumbling which are as large as
1" x 2" thick. No doubt you could use larger pieces, as long as they allowed
movement of the piece and distribution of the sand / gravel / whatever
grit-like material you choose to use.
Again, I'm no expert, so I look forward to others chiming in.
:-) Karen Marie
P.S. Glad to see more interested in this fun hobby!
Just thought about something, wish I had mentioned it sooner in
our other thread.
For those ordering the tumblers from Harbor Freight, just a suggestion
to order one or two replacement belts when you order your tumblers.
It seems, according to internet opinion, the belts often break soon after purchase.
This could be due to the fact that many of these items are often stored in extreme
An example - hubby purchased a well pump years ago. It sat in our shed
waiting to be hooked up. When he finally hooked it up, it died soon afterwards,
due to the bad seals. Rubber and extreme heat, then extreme cold. Not good.
My apologies, I wish I had mentioned it sooner. :-(
I'm not sure if one can find the replacement belts in the HF store,
but I'll look next time we go. I would not mind buying & sending them
to anyone who needs them. I'll bet they charge a fortune for shipping.
I would only charge the cost of the belt plus actual shipping.
If I had to guess, they would simply frost over, though they would
likely keep the basic shape with the faux diamond cuts for the most part.
Tetley, glad they came with an extra. Maybe the company received
word of the belt problem. Someone (go, bean counters!) must have
figured out it was cheaper for the company to include an extra belt
than face numerous returns.
Thanks- I was wondering if they would look sort of like those glass iridescent eggs that appear to glow from inside that you see in the decorator shops these days- I will start a batch this week and let ya'll know.
(I already had the tumbler from when my now 13 year old turned 6 and Grandpa bought her one and this will be its Christening Voyage!)
If you look closely you can usually tell if glass has a painted coating. It will be slightly rough to the touch instead of slick like glass that has color all the way through. After it gets a little age on it the glass will also be slightly dull where it has been painted.
I started my tumbler just a couple of minutes ago! Broke up some heavy milk glass and green glass flower vases that had broken tops and part of a fairly thick broken window. Put in some water and some of the white sand I had left from something else. It is really quiet which surprised me, I was expecting loud grinding gears and lots of rattling. I guess I will see in a week if it works... :^)
It just so happens that I got too impatient waiting for my HF tumbler that I ordered online, so I ran a copy of the online ad and went to HF and bought another one there. YES - they DO honor the online price - and thus it is cheaper when one isn't paying any freight - even though I do have to pay sales tax.
The man who sold it to me said to know that they DO carry the belts as well as the various grits. That answers the question asked - so not to worry, as long as you DO have a HF closeby.
Not sure if this will help regarding the grit, but here goes on our current science project. We are now on day 2 of tumbling. I did purchase the grit at HF, however, it was expensive and had 2 items which I would not use. I went to Michaels and found "gravel" near the dollhouse/miniature dept. I used 2T of the gravel and 2T of the coarse grit from HF.
When we "burped" it yesterday, it was mucky, mucky, gross. However, we pulled one piece of glass and cleaned it off, and it was already rounded and well on its way to being the glass we so seek. So, the "gravel" might be a much cheaper option. I added water as per the instructions in the HF "manual" and we will check it later today. I could not believe my eyes when I say how much change had occurred in just 24 hours.
We found the MOST beautiful colors of glass at the thrift store. I will soon post it on the site for you to see. I found a lovely pink glass for $1.00 and told the sales person what I was going to do. She told me she would not break that glass since it was depression glass. I bought the other lonely glass and now have 2 new drinking glasses in my cupboard. They are the prettiest color! I will keep you posted on our progess and any hints we might learn along the way. I really appreciate all of the posts, they are extremely helpful.
Glad to hear the updates, sounds as if everything is going well. :-)
On the note of the sales person's comment on the glass? There
is a thrift store locally. After buying much glass and such, the clerk
asked what I was doing with all of it. When I told her, she gasped.
The next time I checked into the store, she mentioned some beautiful
glass that she would not set out to sell because she knew what I
was going to do with it.
She said the same thing about silverware I planned to hammer
into wind chimes.
How neat that you were able to find two of the same glasses.
I'll admit, I would not hesitate to break depression glass at all, at
least singles or oddball pieces.
One of my favorite quotes is "It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it."
This is the fun part about tumbling. It is worth more to me sentimentally
than financially. The fun I have tumbling and the "Oooh" feeling when
the barrel is opened, is worth much more than something I can buy in any
Most of the 'true' depression glass has been swooped up by collectors,
leaving the mock versions and glass produced later in the stores, unbeknwownst
to many customers who may not know what they are buying . Examples would
include Tiara and Federal.
A few months ago I purchased a stack of Federal Madrid blue bowls with square
rims, round dishes. They are very nice dishes, but after I tested one in the tumbler,
I just knew the rest were due for a smashing. LOL. If you look them up on
Ebay, you will see they are 'worth' about ten bucks a bowl. Alas, it is often hard
to determine, at least for the common Joe like myself, whether you have true
depression or a remake.
Happy birthday brender, hope you had a great time.sorry for not being here for sometime have been very busy,my glass is done looks ok ,will sort out a pic later on today and get it posted on here. just made a mirror mosaic blue tiles and smashed up teaset, will get a pic up soon so you can all seee,well im off get a little sleep as its gone 3am.see you all soon.
I posted a message about your mirror but not sure where it went! Anyway, fabulous mirror. You should be proud. The tumbled glass came out really nice. What are your plans for it?
Thanks for the birthday greetings by the way :-)
this was my 1st go at tumbling ,i got some nice blue glass at a carboot on the weekend,blue glass, green glass and sort of pinky liclac glass will take a pic of what i bought,shall have to get it all smashed up and tumbled.
Well, your efforts sure paid off! I hope to have mine done sometime this century!! It's a small table top for outside..just have a lot going on all the time so creative time usually gets put at the bottom..
If you have some wheeled nippers, I would suggest using
them on the pink bowl instead of a hammer. You can direct
the fractures a little better that way and can create more
distinct shapes. Very nice!
For the sealer on your mirror, hmm, can't say for certain, I've
never sealed anything yet, as everything thus far has been an
indoor object. We may need to pop over to the Mosaics forum.
Love that glass! Is the tumbled glass your broken lasagna pan?
See how much fun that is? A broken pan one day, a pile of frosty
treasures the next. (Or, well, a few days later anyhow. LOL)
Perhaps today will allow for a check on the green vase in the tumblers.
It was either Friday or Saturday when the glass began tumbling. A quick
check on them yesterday revealed the need for a rinse and fresh sand, but
the day went by, the tumblers were put on the back burner.
Your jug does look like my lasagna pan after tumbling! I am thinking of casting my lasgna pan pieces in resin...I don't know why my head doesn't jsut explode sometimes - I have so many ideas rattling around in there LOL
Just went to the local Salvation Army. I've made a lot of trips for colored glass and usually come home empty handed. They might have a small green vase or two but want 1.99 for them, which cheap-o-me is too cheap to buy. Thought today might be a different story, as they had some avon bottles. A nice blue speed boat was catching my eye then the price tag of 9.99 was just nuts. But I did come home with a light fixture I saw the other day and wished I had gotten. It is made with beveled glass so for $5 I will dismantle it and have a ton of bevels for other projects. Plus, I need the rod and end caps for a stained glass bird feeder project I will be doing for class. Also, for $2.99 there was a really old picture there, of a man heading to the fields with a sickle and rake over his shoulder. All sepia toned with age. I just liked it. Maybe it is Antiques Road Show/Cash in the Attic worthy! So for $8.38 including tax I am pacified. Will try to post pics later. Back to work today and they sent a boatload so I'll check in later to see what you all are up to.
brender im glad you found something,let me know how you get on with your bird feeder.you said you found a really old picture there of a man heading to the fields with a sickle and rake over his shoulder, it could well be Antiques Road Show/Cash in the Attic worthy.
Wuvie i have had a look on forum about sealer but could not find anything.
welcome msrobin,hope you enjoy your time here , i love this forum. : )
wuvie your so helpful glad i found this forum, everyone is so nice here.i just put in some blue glass hope it turns out like the other one i tumbled.its the small blue dish in photo im tumbling.will show you all when its ready : )
You do not have to change the sand, and you don't even have
to wait seven days. While you will see the difference in but one
day of tumbling, each day added will only make the glass smoother
with more rounding.
The reason I prefer to start fresh every few days is that if you allow
the tumbler to roll for a week with the same sand and water, you end
up with a murky, foamy, dirty mess. Most of the sand tumbles into nothing
and thus the glass is simply tumbling against itself. This is alright, but I
like to introduce more sand after a couple days to grind it down further.
Also, your water may evaporate, leak, etc. Sometimes you will find the
barrel has become completely stuck. I've had a hard time taking the lid
off, or discovered one solid lump not tumbling after days gone by.
Checking the tumblers every couple of days, even replacing the water
and sand, just keeps things in good tumbling order, or at least that is the
method I prefer.
Thanks Wuvie! I am glad that I purchased two of the tumblers, one of the belts has already broken and it was only going for three days. I have opened the lid each day. I used white sand so now the water is kind of a creamy color. Think I will add more sand tomorrow.
Hmm. When you say white sand, do you mean as in craft
sand from the store, or white sand from, say, the missile range
in New Mexico? Just curious. I used to live close enough for
occasional visits. White Sands was very cool.
You might want to add some sand with a bit more oomph to it
for tumbling. Something with various sized girtty pebbles and
such works very well. Some of the cheaper play sand at the hardware
store has such, and doesn't dissipate as quickly.
It is just white decorative sand. I had a tub full of it, really do not remember what I originally purchased it for because it has been sitting around for quite a while. It is pretty fine. I may go to the Home Depot or somewhere and get some "real" sand though if I am going to continue to play with my tumbler.
Hi tetleytuna,just letting you know what i did for tumbling my glass,i put in about 3 table spoons of builders sand,tumbled my glass for 2 days then emptied tumbler cleaned off my glass and put fresh water and sand in and let tumble for another 3 days.this is how my glass turned out see pic .hope this helps.
Yikes! Why didn't anybody warn me about the HF site? I had no idea it would sell so many other tools and power tools that I desperately "need" LOL. Now I have to check to see if there is an actual HF store nearby...
I'm really intrigued by this idea of tumbled glass. :-) Thanks... I think!
I know just what you mean .. I was just happy as a clam doing all the other T2T things I was doing...
Then I got hooked on this tumbler thread thing ...Whats Next !!!!
Wish that darn thing would get here... so I could get started ...LOL
In browsing their site, I just discovered that there's such a thing as DIY powdercoat painting, with a $50 power painter. I really love those black and dark green powdercoat finishes on metal arbors, furniture, etc... and I'm not such a fan of rust "patina"... so this would be a great way to rejuvenate older "finds." I wonder what else will make its way onto my shop "wish list" as I browse around...
One thing at a time -- first, the tumbler! I take it everybody who got one is pleased with that 3 pound tumbler they're offering for $20?
Many people won't buy from Harbor because they are an import,
but I have to say, we have not purchased one thing that we don't
still use, and often.
We've purchased well pumps, saws, drills, all sorts of things, even
a wood chipper which I absolutely LOVE in the fall. I just keep a big
plastic tub under the chipper, rake a few leaves, pass them through
the machine and wa-la. Fine tuned mulch for my gardens. Love it!
P.S. Didja have to mention the powder coating tool? Now it will have
to go on the wish list. LOL
oops. maybe we should take that off our wish lists. they also have a "powder coat baking oven." I didn't realize it was a fired finish (?). The oven is $400, so that probably prices the whole thing out of my range for casual projects!
Just took out my first batch of glass. I had put in broken peices of a milk glass bud vase, a green glass bud vase and some broken window glass.I like the way most of turned out but I will definately be using the courser sand the next time. The green glass had a diamond pattern in it and the depressed parts of the pattern stayed fairly shiny while the raised ribs are now opaque. Makes it sparkle like it never did when everything was shiny. The milk glass feels almost like velvet. I have a feeling I am going to have quite the collection before too long... Shame on all of you "enablers" LOL
So I tumbled. After finally getting that darn lid off, and still needing to take it to dear old dad to get the thing operational, I finally tumbled.
Unfortunately I wasn't prepared and had no fine pretty glass to go into my tumbler. However I am as impatient as the day is long when I'm ready to get rolling on something and I HAD to tumble. So I paced through my house and around my yard searching, searching searching. Into the garage and through the garden, opening cupboards, and digging through the recylcle bin. Searching, searching SEARCHING. Finally I could stand it no no longer and took the hammer to a couple of miniature wine bottles. There was not enough glass there to shake a stick at (or shake a tumbler for as the case may be) so I grabbed a handful of stones to finish out the load. I realize it is recommended that you not mix material in the tumbler but I HAD to tumble.
The results were by no means stunning, but they were interesting enough to spark my desire to keep on searching. You all have found some beautiful pieces to tumble and hopefully I will find some treasures as well.
(I put the stones and glass in the bottom of my cactus / succulent planter and will try to post a picture tomorrow.)
Tetley, if you get the reputation as a drinker for a few bottles, then
we are definitely the town drunks. That is why I prefer to visit the recycling
center in the next town. No one knows us there. LOL. I think you are
going to have a lot of fun!
Jane, I often break up an entire wine bottle, let it tumble for about
a week, then put the glass gems on top of the soil and in drainer
dishes for plants. When the rocks are wet, it is so pretty! I hope you
will continue to tumble, finding new things to smash. :-)
Like everyone else, I am wondering what to smash. I could weep over the green glass vases I gave to the thrift shop - there are a lot of things given or thrown away in the last 12 months. However, there will be other things arriving - I just don't know what. I don't drink wine, or beer, or anything else that comes in glass.
Hi Wanna or anyone else in the United States, I know
this sounds silly, but if you are willing to pay the 8.90 for
flat rate shipping, I'll send you a box crammed with glass.
I can leave the bottles whole, or partially break them to fit
more. I would pack it so it did not roll all around the box,
Wine bottles in green, brown, yellow, you name it. Seriously,
if anyone wants glass bad enough to pay for the shipping, I'll
be happy to send your choice.
I just came in from the garage - and guess what I found in my pile of glass that need(ed) to go to the recyclers??? All the red glass that broke when a shelf dropped - so I have some kewl stuff to begin with. My neighbors are wine drinkers, so I will be hitting them up for some goodies.
I really needed something to entice me to visit my detached 3 bay garage during the fall/winter and this tumbling will be the catalyst for that. It becomes a win/win situation.
Wanna, red can be a tricky one, it is and was often colored and not
actually red all the way through, so don't be too disappointed if it comes
out of the tumbler clear. :-)
LOL on the blue glass. I've been collecting various bottles for a while
and I just love it. For a while I was buying Saratoga water in the blue bottles,
but the water was, well, not exactly refreshing and delicious. It is so hard to
find blue bottles these days.
OK - Wuvie - went back through first thread to get the recipe - and naturally other things occur to me.
Are there cheap tile saws - hobby type thing - or must one invest in one of the big guys????
BTW - is that huge black rubber O ring looking thing that came w/ my tumbler a replacement belt? The HF box contained a manual of sorts ... but it surely lacks a lot of information for folks who know nothing. OR maybe I am supposed to do something NOW w/ that belt - though I haven't yet figured it out.
Wuvie - I am really aware of the painted versus real red glass - so trust me that what I have is the real deal. Lots of glass is "painted" - and what a disappointment that can be when you scratch it - much less tumble it.
Deni, I am up for "cruisin' the loop" if you are! LOL
Went to the garage sales today and came home with a small yellow pitcher, a red vase, a dark green vase and two olive colored glasses for under two dollars.
Also picked up a small back of stuffed toys for Lucy dog. I had to laugh at her just now, I have the bag sitting next to me as I type because I wanted to see what kind of glass I had gotten. I hear a noise and the little brat had creeped quietly around the back of my chair, pushed her head in the bag and was rooting for her new toys! She was not happy just getting one mind you, she has been back several times already grabbing new ones and running off with them. I will go back later and gather them up but it is so funny watching her think she is getting away with something.
Wannadanc, you have real red for the tumblers? I am green with envy!
Sigh. I love that true red stuff!
You don't have to buy a big tile saw at all. Mine was somewhere in
the 70.00-80.00 range and easily found at most home improvement
stores. You can indeed buy a big one, but unless you have a major
tile project, the little QEP's or similar style are just fine.
With regard to the HF tumbler, I'm afraid I don't have one, so one of
the folks with that style will have to chime in. In the little Rolling Stone
tumblers, there is no belt, the O ring slips into the lid, but I'm not sure
about the HF style.
tetleytuna, "Deni, I am up for "cruisin' the loop" if you are! LOL"
Im hoping it doesnt come to that ...lol
We don't drink but have lots of friends that do ...
I may have to start trading bottles for windchimes or something ...
I'm glad to see that so many others have struggled with the HF "instruction manual". Boy is it ever pitiful. The belt on mine wasn't attached and being of the non-mechanical persuasion I had no idea how to make the thing go. I ended up taking it to dad and to my perverse satisfaction it took him a bit of investigation to get it fired up as well. The belts were hidden inside the tumbler and we didn't even know they were there.
I'm off to take the hammer to an olive oil bottle...
I think HF really should invest in some technical writers. Probably would save a lot of products being sent back out of sheer frustration!
RE: powder coating
I was talking to my dad about the forum yesterday and the powder coat topic came up. He mentioned the set-up HF had for $50 or whatever. I told him that the oven was $400. He said guys he knows of are using old electric stoves/ovens to cure. It has to be dedicated to this process, however. You can't powder coat and then make brownies! Also, I think you'd have to check the powder coat to see what temp it cures at first, as I think there are different kinds.
Now that I have mine running, the "manual" makes a little more sense - but I love this part - I am supposed to check the tension on that belt before each use! Uh, from the pitiful diagram, it looks to be an interesting proposition to get to it.
The warnings here about the difficulty in opening the tumbler gave me comfort - as I was prepared for the struggle and therefore it was actually less trouble than if I had had no clue.
Ooh, I do have a heat gun... picked it up in an auction box as an "extra." I was holding it up, wondering aloud what it was, and I mentioned that it looked a bit like a big old hairdryer... an older gentleman hurried over in alarm to tell me to never, ever use it on my "pretty long hair!" LOL
Rustoleum has some nice metal-finish spray paints (hammered copper, etc.) that I've used successfully. I know in the past DH has "cured" some small painted items in the oven, and they've held up beautifully.
Here's some info on powder coating. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder_coat
Thanks, pigeon! I think I'll probably stick with Rustoleum. :-)
Hmm, I've been browsing the HF site this weekend prior to ordering my tumbler, and a number of drill bits have found their way into my cart... I should probably order before the cart gets too full or before they take away the sale price on the tumbler!
...and a reminder that if you have a HF nearby - just run a copy of the online price and ad and they will honor it in the store. Shipping costs are a lot more than any sales tax would be. I bought one each way, so it is the incredible Voice of Experience sharing the wisdom w/ you. It is $10 more expensive in the store, if you don't have an ad copy.
Hi dahtzu, hi everyone, glass is still in tumbling away not ready yet. just starting another mirror.wish i lived where u guys live lol , tumblers are so cheap.could really do with another one .dont really want to spend £48.00 again on another one.ok catch you all later. have fun everyone.cya.
Hi everyone,heres a picture of my blue glass,do you think i should tumble it a few more days? cant wait to see everyone elses tumbled glass,been grinding all the edges of my smashed plates still got lots too get through,better get it finished so i can make my mirror.catch u all later.
Hi, Everyone, Just popped in to see how all your tumbling is coming along! So, what kind of plans do you have for the faux sea glass?
There's a bar here that the guys go to once or twice a week after work. I'll check with the bartender next time to see if they might have some pretty empties. I'll let you know.
Just a note, Walmart has some glass vases in red and blue, maybe green, too. I bought a blue one a couple of years ago, and don't remember it as being very expensive. I suppose you could scratch hard on the bottom of a red one to make sure it isn't painted on. They have been right by the fresh flowers in the front of every Walmart I've been in.
Well...I'm confessing to lurking! I went to HF yesterday and bought the
tumbler for 19.99. Thanx for the online sale price tip! I'm going to set it up tonight. I've saved a lot of blue bottles. I'm not sure if they're blue all the way thru or just painted. I also have quite a few frosted bottles.
I can't wait to start, it sounds very rewarding! Keep the ideas, suggestions and advice coming!
Thanx soooo much for starting this thread!
I bought a tumbler at hobby lobby. My glass turned out purfect. Then I bought the only sand I could find at hobby lobby and tumbled, and it looked terrible. sharp edges, not even. I cant believe that hobbu lobby doesnt even carry the sands I need! The 4 steps. I guess I can try beach sand and play sand. If that doesnt work, I guess i'll order it off the internet. i am very frustrated. Is the sand I bought at hobby lobby play sand?
If I'm not mistaken, the only sand you can purchase at HobLob is colored, fine sand
for use in layering in glass bottles and such.
You need something gritty and tough. Cheap play sand often has larger chunks
in it, instead of the soft, fine sand. Buy the cheapest you can buy, or you can find
it in a creek, as we do. Just a rinse to get the mud off and chunk in a handful.
I am new to making my own sea glass. I live in Annapolis, MD so I am near lots of beaches and we used to have a ton of sea glass pre-made for us by the Chesapeake Bay. I guess people are being more earth friendly and not throwing as many glass bottles into the Bay therefore the amount of sea glass is dwindling. I have tried to make my own sea glass in a tumbler several times and ways. First with sand, water and glass. Then I read that you could use dish detergent so I added some liquid Dawn. I have had this last batch tumbling for about a week the edges have smoothed so that it won't cut you but that's about it. Help! I need suggestions and advice.