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Trash to Treasure: Part 8...HOW TO Make faux sea glass

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2008
4:03 PM

Post #4395666

From our previous threads:

Part 7:
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/




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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

January 13, 2008
4:25 PM

Post #4395755

oooh wuvie, I'm so happy you posted this.. just got a total of three of the double tumblers that I've been collecting since last year from Harbor Freight at each of their sales, and am almost ready to start on my glass. THANK you for all the advice you give, I'm re-reading all the posts on this before I start and DH just saw how your tumblers are mounted/or placed all together. I wanted to see if we could set up something like this too.

I am so excited.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2008
4:37 PM

Post #4395800

Hello Gourd,

Trust me, we share your enthusiasm, LOL. There are days I read the
email, find the Harbor Freight ad and literally get excited. Sadly, I am
working full time and no longer have time to go to HB, but I'll sure watch
the ads for free shipping. :-)

KM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 16, 2008
5:58 PM

Post #4410460

Hi,heres the clear glass i just finished tumbling,i found 2 blue bottles will tumble them soon.

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

January 16, 2008
6:10 PM

Post #4410521

Oh wow, that glass looks great... how long did you leave it in the tumbler... wow.. I have some green glass and a couple of blue bottles. But I hate to break those blue ones they look so good in the kitchen window..
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 16, 2008
8:42 PM

Post #4411278

Hi gourd,4 days in tumbler, i used normal builders sand,are you going to get tumbling gourd? im going to have a go at making a mirror out of this glass but i still got 2 bottles to tumble blue ones and green i forgot i had.show us your tumbled glass if you decide to have a go,we are all waiting to see. : )
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

January 16, 2008
9:25 PM

Post #4411487

Oh man, I knew I had to break them some day.. I'll start this weekend and see what I get.
I'll post photos too..

Yikes.
A.
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 16, 2008
9:40 PM

Post #4411569

thats great gourd, im waiting for pics of your glass when its finished.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2008
10:21 PM

Post #4411747

LOL...Gourd gonna break the blue! Go ahead and break it...put it to good use. (I've got more) Please show the blue after it's tumbled. I'm with you in thinking it's so pretty in the window. Not sure about the tumbled glass.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

January 16, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #4411797

Faye, they are just too pretty to break. I got two blue bottles from DH's co-worker..lol.. I keep telling them to keep on drinking wine..lol.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2008
10:37 PM

Post #4411842

I do agree, they are much to pretty to tumble unless you have a good use for tumbled glass.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #4412016

Hello all , when I tumble my blue bottles, after I break and nip them into sizes I like...I just tumble for a day.
Then I use it for mosaics..bowling balls..stepping stones and such and it stays shiny :*) Tip from Wuvie!!

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2008
3:47 AM

Post #4413370

Thanks Kim, I would love to tumble and still keep the shine. What grit do you use?
Faye
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 17, 2008
6:17 AM

Post #4413831

Whe I tumble, I just use sand. In a day or so it smooths the sharp edges but leaves the glass shiney.

katiebear
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2008
6:17 AM

Post #4413833

I just used builders sand leftover from a construction job. :*)
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2008
6:18 AM

Post #4413835

hey katiebear!!
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 17, 2008
2:30 PM

Post #4414429

Hey Kim!!!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2008
9:41 PM

Post #4416533

Thanks to both of you. I wi8ll try sand.
Faye
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2008
2:19 AM

Post #4417948

Hi Faye,

You can actually tumble with just a dot of dish soap, too, just
long enough to knock off the sharp edges. Of course, you should
be super careful, especially if you are going to use it in mosaics
and grout. Just go slow and be careful.

Some of the tumblers only tumble for a few hours, some for days.
You might give a few tumbles to see what will work best for you.
Start a barrel full and check every 12 hours or so.

:-) Karen Marie
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 19, 2008
2:02 PM

Post #4424069

hi, heres a pic of my green glass, tumbled for 3 days.

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2008
2:11 PM

Post #4424092

I love the bubble? pattern, very nice!!
:*) Kim
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2008
5:11 PM

Post #4424871

Oooh, it does look bubbled. Love it!

KM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 19, 2008
9:03 PM

Post #4425878

A little something for my trash to treasure friends.

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2008
1:06 AM

Post #4426855

Thanks Wuvie, I'll try that. I want to tumble blue and green just enough to get the edges off and keep the shine.

I like the green Caro.
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 20, 2008
1:57 AM

Post #4427089

glad you like that green glass,it turned out nice.

i would only tumble for a few hrs maybe 3 , just to get the edges smooth.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2008
3:00 AM

Post #4427327

caro, that plate of din you posted looks VERY tasty, and I wish I had it live in front of me right now!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2008
3:24 AM

Post #4427404

Oh, I will definitely take those potatoes, yum!


petal_pal
Marion, IN

January 24, 2008
5:52 PM

Post #4447748

Hey guys and gals, I'm pretty new here. I just purchased a HF tumbler. Haven't used it yet. In reading the instructions, it says to use plastic pellets to polish. Is that necessary when doing glass? If so, where do you buy them? I think this faux glass will really fit right in with some projects I have planned for this coming year. I'm anxious to get started but don't want to start and end up needing something more. This site is great and it's really teriffic to find there are so many out there who think like I do-real trashy! Another question, how does silica sand work in a tumbler?
That's a real compliment as it truly means really thrifty and insightful folks.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

January 24, 2008
8:39 PM

Post #4448407

Hi and welcome - I use regular sand from outside my house (i live in the desert) and it works fine to smooth the sharp edges and still leave the glass shiney.

katiebear
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4449562

Hello Petal,

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Trash to Treasure forum!

As many of us are thrifty, we tend to use common sand, driveway
grit and anything else we can get our hands on. Someone may be
able to offer an alternative view on silica sand, but my impression
of it is that it is too, well, how shall I say this, wimpy for what many of
us do.

If you put broken chunk glass in with the plastic pellets, I'd say you
would find the pellets in a state of disintegration. Just a bit of time in
a tumbler and the edges of broken glass are softened, but even
moreso with each additional hour. A few days in the tumbler and they
come out wonderfully smooth with a frosted appearance.

The Harbor Freight tumblers are pretty popular, but I've never used that
specific type. Many members report belt issues, but they have also come
up with ways to counter the problems. Smart bunch we have here!

Please let us know what type of project you have in mind, we can't wait
to hear (and hopefully see) the results.

:-) Karen Marie
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #4449614

Hello all and welcome Petal. Question..I have just had a chance to purchase play sand for $1. bag. Is this good for tumbling.
Thanks Faye
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4449685

Hi Faye,

Are all of the granules itty bitty? Are there any larger chunks of
tiny pebbles in the sand?

If the sand is too fine, such as for candle displays, it may pretty
much turn to mush, or worse yet, turn to one gigantic blob of hard
gook in your your tumbler. When I use softer sand, I find that I have
to keep changing the sand, and that it turns the water to a murky
milky mess.

If you can, try to find a nice grainy sand if you are looking to tumble
to smoothness with that frosty look.

However, if you are merely wishing to tumble for a short time to
smooth edges for, say, mosaics or glass-on-glass or something, the
fine sand should serve it's purpose.

:-) KM
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2008
1:17 PM

Post #4451567

Thanks Karen, I'm thinking that when I tumble, I'll try different sand, dirt, whatever until I find something I do like, especially since I'm not tumbling for any special look. (yet)
Faye

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2008
3:16 PM

Post #4451982

I just emptied a BIG bottle of wine. Thr brand was "Giovello". It must be one of the cheaper wines, as it did not taste all that great. I will see if my store carries it here. They must--as someone brought this one to me at a Party.

Had to save the bottle--it was a beautiful blue--all through! I don't think anyone here in my neck of the woods tumbles, but if you do--come and get it.

Gita
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2008
1:59 AM

Post #4454594

Gita, please don't toss that bottle...Use it for something, plant rooting, window dressing anything but trashing it.
Faye
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2008
2:58 AM

Post #4454868

Hi Gita,

You can also find these nifty things made of glass with a strip
of wick that you insert into a wine bottle, fill with oil and use as
a candle.

Get the good stuff, though, not the cheap stuff. No smoke, no soot.
Very nice, clean burning candle.

:-)

Hob Lob carries them. Any in your area?

http://www.hobbylobby.com/site3/store/astate.cfm?hlstate=NC

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2008
3:14 AM

Post #4454959

Wuvie,

On second thought--I may have gotten this bottle of wine from one of my nieces in NJ as a X-mas present. I think that was it!

Nope! I do not see any place in MD that has a Hpobby Lobby. We have all kinds of other Craft Stores here, though.

If you had a magnum-sized (1.5L.) blue wine bottle...How would you display it? Would you do something unique with it? Would you put something in it? WHAT???????
I am clueless...Besides, I have NO blue accents or anything in my house!

I can just toss it in my basement with the rest of my "ahem..collectibles" and let it sit there.
Cross my heart--I promise--I will NOT throw it out!

Gita
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2008
3:19 AM

Post #4454976

Howsabout you cover it with tempered glass and grout it?

;-) KM

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2008
3:30 AM

Post #4455040

Yeah--Right!

I have NO idea how to do that and I do not need a new craft project! Sorry, Wuvie! I know you like to do that! I have never done any of that.

How's this? What if I stuff a 25-string of Christmas lights in it? I bet that would look neat! All lit up inside the blue????? Just gave myself an idea...Is that like self-inoculation?

Hmmmmm...Gita
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2008
3:53 AM

Post #4455144

Now, Gita, there you go! That would look very cool, seriously!

Imagine how neat that would look in the dark, nothing but the
blue bottle lit up, a bit of wine, a bit of song, hmmm?

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

January 26, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #4456503

I stick my blue wine bottles outside as accents in the garden. I've seen wine bottles used upside down as places for plant marker labels (see photo---not my garden, sadly)...maybe you have a special plant you could "spotlight" with your special bottle?

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2008
6:07 PM

Post #4456984

Nah! I'm not into that...Besides, I only have ONE!
BENTFORMS
Philadelphia, PA

March 13, 2008
12:08 AM

Post #4656145

Hello,
This was so great to read through. I still haven't been able to find a used cement mixer to borrow off season or one for sale in my price range.. But i have no doubt that i eventually will come across one and put my plan into action and turn the tons of glass i have accumulated over the years into soft edged pieces (sandblasted or not) to be used to create and decorate with.
And please anyone looking for broken, clean bottle glass in the philadelphia area or are willing to pay for shipping i would love to see it put to good use the collection gets larger weekly :)

Thanks Dave,
Mat
/ bottle shooter / silversmith/ "trash to treasure" master crafter~~~

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2008
12:18 AM

Post #4656173

Well fancy meeting you here!!
This is the gang I was telling you about :)
Sorry my DH would not let me get those blue bottles :(
Kim
lilmac442
Millington, MI
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #4688945

I am just kicking myself for selling the kids rock tumbler last year! I hung on to it for several years-it was only used a couple times. Stooopid me : (
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2008
2:46 AM

Post #4689124

Time for a new thread, everyone...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/825740/

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