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.
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. :-)
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..
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. : )
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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?
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 :)
/ bottle shooter / silversmith/ "trash to treasure" master crafter~~~