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Of course, this particular television tube was very old. Back when
televisions weighed a ton and had a full blown bubble for a screen.
That is some thick glass! I found it in a junk pile way out back in a
pile of glass and such. Fully intact, ripe for the hammer. Heh heh!
Interesting in that the fractures in the glass were open in the beginning
stages of tumbling. Sediment from the tumbling seeped into the fractures,
then as they tumbled, locked the sediment into the cracks.
Now you can understand how some mountains and boulders get that same
look. Imagine this same process on a grand scale taking millions of years.
It boggles the mind.
I put these into the aquarium and they look so neat, because the light
of the tank really brings the sediment fractures to life. To light.
Karen, leave it to you to get me started breaking something else. lol...I wonder if a newer tv would have the same effect? The picture tube is about shot and the hammer could complete the task...dump will get it, so may as well be in pieces. At least it will be easier to handle.
I found this a tumbler at a yard sale and hope you 'tumblers' can confirm if it's a good find or not. It's a "Thumbler's Tumbler", model A - R 12. The motor says "Fasco" with an RPM of 1550. There are some other numbers but I don't know what they mean. I was just so excited to find any tumbler at all for $20 that I didn't quibble and the guy who sold it knew nothing about it. What to do next?
DH started up the tumbler with some rocks and about the 3rd day belt broke. I got mine at Harbor Freight so called and ordered 2 belts @$2.99 ea. plus tax plus shipping. Won't get them for a couple weeks so DH decided he was going to try an O ring. Went to auto parts store and bought a package of 3 for $2.30 and tumbler has been going great for several days. O rings are a lot thinner then belt, but so far has been doing the job. Just thought I'd pass a bit of info on to all of you that tumble rocks and glass.
Bender I did and it works just fine .
I posted the # somewhere on here talking about the belts ..
Im not a paying member so I cant search .
The # are back at the shop . but I do remember its a Hoover Belt
Here I thought DH had an original idea about belts for tumblers. I just became a paid subscriber so I will look around and see if I can find out about the vacuum cleaner belts. Wish I had seen that before ordering the belts, always after the fact.
LOL I was just goint to write that I found the post. Thanks for looking it up. I'm going to look for a Hoover belt next time I go to Wal-Mart or Target. DH says the tumbler is still running with the O ring he put on it. I did get the duel tumbler at HF when on sale and then the salesperson gave me another discount and didn't have the medium for it so knocked another $5 off. I got a pretty good deal, should have read all the posts and I would have known I didn't have to order any belts. The postage was more than the belts cost.
Hi there - last time I made a post was to the wrong thread - LOL. That's what happens when you have too many IE windows open. This has been such a wonderful thread - I know I'm really late to the topic, but I just happened upon it when I was looking for something else (which is typical when surfing the net ;-))
I love the topic and am extremely intrigued by the art. Is everyone/anyone still crafting? Please post. Thank you!
Sorry to read that you're not tumbling anymore - you had such great ideas, Wuvia. I've been looking for a reasonably priced tumbler, but have yet to find one. All of the ones I've found are 35 and up. Am I being cheap, or is that their going rate? Also, during the course of the thread, I've read where people tumbled the glass for days. Does the tumbler stay on 24 hours, or is it only kept on for a few hours at a time each day until the desired effect has been achieved?
Harbor Freight Runs then on sale you just have to keep an eye on their ads I got my double for less then the price of the single.
havent run mine for a while ... Just got back into the glass shop after about 8 mons it sure was dusty in there.
I bought mine at Harbor Freight and got it for good price, couldn't wait to start tumbling, but got interested in other things so tumber has been sitting waiting for me to start again. Mine is also a double and better buy then a single. I'm always looking for some nice stones to tumble and I'd love to tumble some glass. I have this problem of starting too many projects at one time.
Just to finish one project before I start another would take a miracle. I've had ADD for so long...you know when my son had it way back when they called it hyperkentic and tried to blame it on sugar and a lot of other things. He couldn't sit still for one minute, sometimes I wonder how he slept through the night. He just about drove me crazy in those early years. Can I blame my problems on that????
Amazing though how I can stay with the computer for so long or read a book. I've read more books in the last few months than I have in my entire life.
I use some industrial gloves I bought at Harbor Freight for just about everything. Heavy latex blue color. I'm using them now for painting this never ending lumber. I sprinkle powder inside so they are easy to get off. I have some latex gloves, already have power in them, but I manage to tear them soon after putting them on.
Have to get back to working with my tumbler.
Thanks your both to kind . Im just learning to to do the wire its really kind of easy.
But imnot useing the 1/2 hard wire its kind of $$$$ to play with.
I did 2 more this morning before breakfast.
this is a glass bead that a friend made and was going to trash as it didnt come out the way she wanted ... Great T2T find for me ...LOL
Hmm wonder if Harbor Freight has them anymore? DH goes in there all the time.. Gonna have to get him to check for me.. We had to have our windshield replaced in our truck and I had them save the old glass for me.. So now I have this windshield and would love to do something with it..
Wuvie , how hard is the tv tubes to break and what do you put over them to keep them from going everywhere , I always heard they exploded if they got broke . True or not ? And do you take them out b4 you break them ? digger
I can only speak for the tube I had, it looked like a giant square bubble,
but there is no explosion in a tube that has already blown. That was the case
with mine, so all I had to do was to let the hammer drop on the center of
the tube. After that I simply smacked the larger pieces with a hammer,
wearing my protective gear, of course.
Words of advice in smashing glass with hammers, don't ask me how I know -
Keep your hand at the end of the hammer handle. I've run a big piece of glass
in my hand that was laying on the table. When the hammer came down, my hand
was punctured. Would not have happened if my hand had been at the end of
WEAR SAFETY GLASSES or a SAFETY SHIELD. I really like the whole face
shields because glass can injure you pretty bad in other places. Think flying
glass and your neck. Not good. Be careful, careful, careful.
You folk are so BAD for me! I have two double tumblers going fulltime these days with broken glass. My cement mixer has a batch in as well. (I do the beginning tumble with the cement mixer, then sort and do the finer processing in the rock tumblers) I scrounge the glass recycle bin at two separate restaurants looking for colored bottles. I have people saving their broken glass for me!
AND, I am daydreaming about the old TV picture tube I saw laying in the junk in one of the junker RV's my son-in-law is salvaging parts from for their RV re-do! I already salvaged, then broke the headlights and have them in a tumbler right now.
Hubby asked me "What are you going to DO with all that tumbled glass?" My answer was..."Do? Do I actually have to DO something with it? What's wrong with just making it...just owning it?" An eyeroll and a smile was his response! Guess he knows better than mess with my "creativity".
I got a double tumbler from HF, and with a very good deal from the cashier. Haven't tried the glass yet, but DH does have a small cement mixer that I could start out with. Can you break up some ceramic tiles and tumble them? I get asked what I am going to do with some of the things I get, don't know but when I do I'll let you know. I too get strange looks when I pick up something too, but hey I'm having a good time.
Guess who picked out a small round bathroom sink out of a dumpster when I wasn't around, you guessed it, DH. Finally getting him to appreciate my treasures.
slowly we get them trained .. DH would have never priced matched anything in his life much take something from the trash ... but he has come around ...lol
and now he askes what are you going to make out of that. he knows not to question to much :)
Samigal? you just bought a tumbler from HF? I forgot to ask DH to go check for me.. Going to write him a note now.. If you dont mind me asking how much was the double tumbler? It always helps if I can tell my husband what to look for and the price he should be looking for.. lol..
that kind of depends on the size of the chunks .. each holds about 4 hand fulls you dont to over fill but the directions will tell you all that
the double is not double in size its 2 singles .. ..I just use play sand from the grand kids sand box .. you dont need to buy high $$ stuff
I bought the double tumbler last year, but I know it was on sale, then he knocked another $5 off because he didn't have any of the medium for tumbling and polishing, then he gave me another discount which I can't remember what for but I think I ended up paying something like $21. Just found a package of nice small rocks I had purchased at the thrift store for a quarter, of course I was looking for something else, so I better get the tumbler running again. I had one for my kids when they were young and we just tumbled rocks. Wish I had kept it.
Been trying to find a cheap tumbler to start working on some wine and liquor bottles from work. Are you guys finding that bottles are too curved when the are finished tumbling for jewelry or do they work out ok? I have also seen that people are using tumbled glass to replace rocks for landscaping, has anyone tried this? I know I would need a cement mixer to make it happen in my yard.
Yes, I did get the kiln. Though it is cute and fun, it deteriorates, so if
you are seeking to do a lot of work in it, well...
It does scare me, though. I just have visions of dropping it, as you have
to remove it from the microwave as soon as the timer goes off, and it
is HOT. You can hear it cracking and cooling. It does make some fun stuff,
but is very small. I'd rather fire up an entire kiln shelf full of stuff for large projects.
Having said all that, it is great for small projects, or one jewelry project at a time.
Denim, I have checked out the kilns you posted and would love to get one. But things are tight right now. As soon as I am able I plan to get one just to complete my work studio. I think a cement mixer may come first though. That and getting ready to start learning how to wire wrap once I get my tumbler running.
Wheeler, I bought a cement mixer with visions of sugar plums, or at least
of gorgeous glass lining the walkway.
In brief, it's a no go. At least for me. It is loud. LOUD. It takes a very long time,
and I was not exactly happy with the results after days of tumbling. I did not
want to run the tumbler four days straight, so I would turn it on for a while, then
let the motor cool down and continued. In the end, sure, it did knock off the sharp
sections, but nothing at all like I had in mind. Also consider you will have to break
all that glass up ahead of time.
I'm not trying to be a party pooper or rain on your excitement, because I certainly
understand excitement about a prospective art endeavor. If I had to choose, unless
I was going to do concrete work as well, I'd go for the kiln instead of the concrete mixer
in a heartbeat.
thanks for the heads up on the Mixer . we picked one up to do the counters in the house & I was thinking I could use it for tumbling too .:(
Wheeler I was in your neck of the woods this week (in the Springs) and almost bought one of the kilns I sent you the info on .. Had to stop my self...LOL it is a really nicelittle kiln but I really want one I can remove the top.
Denim , I was over on the Arkansas River for two weeks at Salida and Buena Vista from the 5th till about the 17th, then up to Fairplay , and froze our buns off . Sleeted last Monday nite and now I'm in 100 ° weather in Liberty Hill Tex . Home at last . Been nice if we could have had a mini roundup .
digger we keep crossing the same roads ...lol one of these days we will meet. We have been thinking about finding a small lot to put the 5th wheel on up that way to spend like July & Aug. lots of stuff for sale in the Fairplay area we left CO. on the 14th it was in the 60s when we got to TX it was 108 ..Roasting
Denim , Randponder wrote a short story about our trip on the strawbale garden forum . Jump over there and check it out .I'll add my part when time permits .
It's a good thing we didn't have more room to bring a Bunch of stuff back. Saw loads of stuff I wanted .
Ooops, Russ posted on general disscussion chapter 35 on strawbale garden forum
Digger, Yes, Cedar Park is right outside of Austin. Do you get over this way?
Are you talking about those wind chimes I sent the link to? I agree, they are really cool looking. Also, you sure are up early!
I'm on eastern time . One hour later than you .Yes I get over that way a coupla times a year , my son lives in Liberty Hill and leased in Cedar Park while he was looking for a place to buy . I met Lisac, and want to get together with Denim, if I ever get up her way again . Used to go by there when I had a place in Ark. but sold it and she lives out of our travel way .Same chimes . I really like them . Are they fragile? I'd hate for them to break in the yard .
Digger, please let me know when you get over my way. I am pretty close to Liberty Hill. Can't think of much better time than meeting some of my friends from Daves Garden! It would be awesome to show you all my crazy stuff I have made over the years.
And, Cheryl, my husband and I are going to be driving sort of your way in October. I made it to the United State Dog Agility Assoc. World tournament try-outs in Kentucky. So we rented an RV and we are driving up to kentucky with my dog. I want to meet you somewhere and give you a box of blue bottles I have for you.
thats so cool Congrats to you & your pup ... I keep saying I want to do flyball with one of my pups but have so much going on ... maybe when the house is finish ill have more time..
send me an e-mail with the de-tails :)
we will work out a plan ...
Oh my ! That is looking better ' better all the time . You have such patients to do a jam up job on that and I'm having trouble getting insulation up right .D H is no artist , that's for sure . He should have started forty years ago and gotten the experience in . he'd be good by now . lol
I love that front door . Real Texas !
If I don't watch mine real close , he builds it his way which is "Good enough for government work "You should have seen him cutting a rafter yesterday . On the top instead of on the bottom to lay flat on the eve . I let him almost ruin it and have to go buy anothet 2x6 before I told him to nub the bottom. I even bought him a hand tool to mark angles . He could have taken the angle from one the carpenters put up . They forgot one and it had to be filled in . Don't know how they did that , everything else was right .
I'd take a picture , but not sure how to load it onto this puter .He screws up stuff so he won't have to do it again . LOL Typical man .Oh well , he makes pretty kids . LOL
Good enough for government work must be a guy thing .. as a quilter 1/4 " off is a big deal to me hes always telling me it will be fine !!! cut to fit paint to match ... or you wont see it when its finished hahaha!!!
he has to take some things down and start over 1/4" grows & grows hahaha!!!
I used to design and sew my own clothes and western shirts . It had to be just so , or I took it out and did it right . What's so different about working with wood . I think it gives us gals a big advantage .
Lacy thats beetle kill Blue Pine We went to CO to get it no one in Texas has ever even heard of it ...lol
Are you talking about this story Digger :)
The first time I saw Blue Pine we were in WY. JC' (DH)bosses wife told me about something she was doing with the cutoffs . A few years later we stopped by their house in CO and I got to see just what she did ..I fell in love with the wood . We couldn't get the wood we wanted for the house here so a Road Trip was called for .. the State of CO give a tax break on the wood as its considered a recycled item ad the trees are already dead because of the Beetles. A friend of ours in CO told me last trip the blue was caused by beetle PEE:rofl: im not sure if thats true.
after some searching I found mills on line.
I have found out its not true .. But the beetles do cause a fungus to grow and thats where the blue comes from ...hahaha!!
This is Aspen in the living room also from the CO. road trip...
Yeah , I heard that somewhere . Is one more expensive than the other ? What do you haul it back on and how much can you haul in one trip ?
I noticed you used the foam insulation . Is it pretty easy to apply ? I've seen it done but never used it myself . I sure would like to get by your place and look at your work . I had rather see construction in progress than go to a garage sale .lol
theres a little difference in the price but not that much .. we have a 18' car haller type trailer 2 bunks is all we can haul at a time but thats a lot of wood
we had the fome work done . its cheeper then DYI for a big job
Come by anytime its starting to look like a real house inside ..
We are off to Waco this morning to Habitat for Humanity they are putting 500 cabinets out this morning brand new in the box from Lowes . for at least 50% less im sure I can fins some that will work...lol
I got my 3 lb rock tumbler from Harbor Freight. It came with 5 belts. It says not to use sand and I bought play sand yesterday. Don't you all use sand from HD or Wal-Mart? I want to do sea glass, a friend gave me a bunch of colored glass and then stones I got on moonstone beach that are already smooth. Any suggestions welcome. Now to get the lid off, seems impossible.
curvesarein WOW 5 belts I got 1 that broke first thing ...lol
I do use play sand ,, but not very much maybe a palm full split between both tumblers
if you want your glass shiny just use water & dish soap .. & tumble just a few hours
Digger I have e-mailed Windrose and haven't heard back yet . but I don't think she is in the fire area
curvesarein how long dod you tumble before checking?
I don't have any pictures handy .. but you can tumble some in just a few hours .. if you don't like it toss in some sand :)
Does the dish soap have to be powder? I am tumbling them now just in water, its been more than 24 hours and they barely show a change. Should I put some snall pebbles in or a little sand. I have the 3 lb tumbler.
My edges are now smooth after 3 days and adding the dawn but still clear. I am still tumbling with the dawn and sand to see how much better they might get,lol. I was getting so impatient too. Want to do another birdhouse with seaglass, Just finished one with shells.
Very Pretty Love the colors . What were they before you smashed them ?
I would stop now too. For the clear look dont use any sand just the soap and water the glass tumbling will take off the edges .. the sand give it the frosted look .
My girlfriend gave me some bottles and broken glass. The purple was darker and the light turquose about the same. Can't wait to do another birdhouse, but have to tumble stones next, they are smooth, so I wonder how long to tumble to just intensify the color. Got them on Moostone Beach in CA.
I wanted to mosaic with them, The oil woulnd't stay on for good would it. A friend gave me 3 cobalt blue plates today, color all the way through. Now I want to smash them or cut with tile cutters and tumble.
ok ill try again ..posts not showing up . Tumbling takes the shine off glass & rocks they will not look wet. As digger said you can wipe them with oil , no it won't stay on for ever tumbling with just water & dish soap for a short time (just enough to remove the sharp edge) will keep then from getting dull
Sounds like I am wasting my time then. How about just using the dish soap with the smooth stones, will that make them shinier or am I asking a silly question? The glass I only tumbled for a few days are still shiny. But then again my beach rocks are not shiny. Only when wet. I wonder how Polyurethane would hold up on the rocks. Oh well I can go for the natural look.
Go ahead and mosiac with them and when you dust them , wipe with an oily dust rag . Keeps them shiny till time to dust again . If outside , use an oiler rag on them once in awhile . Poly will work fine also .
Tee he he he My DNephew is now living in New Orleans and has found that there is broken glass along the streets that has been there so long that it doesn't have any sharp edges left and is like young sea glass. Of course, I had to tell him that it is now perfect for mosaic☺
Here is another without flash. I can't wait to get them all done as I have cobalt blue glass waiting to tumble. When I shattered the plate it was like tempered glass, but not round balls. I should take a pic of that before I tumble.
It shattered into mostly small shards so I am wondering how it will come out. I am going to do a cinder block with a beach seen and that can be the water, Similar to this. Next pic. Use my beach stones on there too. I also have some leftover mosaic glass tile from my backsplash.
curves , thats really strange I have never trouble getting the shine off glass useing just play sand and a few days of tumbling is it just blue bottle glass .
Katie send me a box of broken blue glass & it was tumbled by shipping when it got here ...lol
I'm really sorry I missed all these posts. Fires were near us, but never got that close. Very scary tho, and it is still dry to the bone. I was really wrapped up in Sept and Oct. with going to the dog agility nationals in Kentucky and was practicing all the time. So things got away from me.
Curvesarein, the liquid dish soap is used to lubricate the glass, so when it rubs on the other glass it doesn't scratch it. Using the dish soap will keep the glass shiney.
Fine sand will not frost your glass as quickly as a hard grit type of sand will. You can use sand out of your yard or even the street, as I have done that with no ill effects.
I use the little glass like you ended up with (blue glass) for filling in areas, making geodes, and embellishing things. Don't throw it away, I guarantee that as time goes on, you will be using it for something!
I am so happy I found this place! I have been wanting to make beach glass in a rock tumbler for some time. I use the glass in something I make, but it is getting more difficult to find and buy the colors I want. To anyone who is making it to sell -- is there a demand for it and are you making money? I too have always loved glass and rocks. Has anyone seen what this guy does? http://www.coastchimes.com/ I'll attach a pic of what I make later.