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Part 8...HOW TO Make faux sea glass

Mesilla Park, NM

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.

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

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

near cardiff, United Kingdom

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

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Mesilla Park, NM

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..

near cardiff, United Kingdom

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. : )

Mesilla Park, NM

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.

near cardiff, United Kingdom

thats great gourd, im waiting for pics of your glass when its finished.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

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.

Mesilla Park, NM

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.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

I do agree, they are much to pretty to tumble unless you have a good use for tumbled glass.

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

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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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

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

mulege, Mexico

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

katiebear

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

I just used builders sand leftover from a construction job. :*)

(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

hey katiebear!!

mulege, Mexico

Hey Kim!!!

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Thanks to both of you. I wi8ll try sand.
Faye

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

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

near cardiff, United Kingdom

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

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(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

I love the bubble? pattern, very nice!!
:*) Kim

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Oooh, it does look bubbled. Love it!

KM

near cardiff, United Kingdom

A little something for my trash to treasure friends.

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

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.

near cardiff, United Kingdom

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.

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

caro, that plate of din you posted looks VERY tasty, and I wish I had it live in front of me right now!

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Oh, I will definitely take those potatoes, yum!


Marion, IN

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.

mulege, Mexico

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

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

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

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

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

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

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

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

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

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

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

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Gita, please don't toss that bottle...Use it for something, plant rooting, window dressing anything but trashing it.
Faye

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

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

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

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

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Howsabout you cover it with tempered glass and grout it?

;-) KM

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

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

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

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

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