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Trash to Treasure: Trash to Treasure: Part 9...HOW TO Make faux sea glass

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2008
2:45 AM

Post #4689123

Coming from thread number 8:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/804061/

You all are such fun!

Karen Marie

Photo is of television tube glass tumbled for a few days

Thumbnail by WUVIE
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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 21, 2008
2:49 AM

Post #4689150

WOW!! Seriously that is so pretty...never in a million years would I have thought to use a TV tube:)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2008
10:24 AM

Post #4689926

That's perty!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2008
4:21 PM

Post #4691021

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 Marie
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #4696752

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.
Faye
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

April 1, 2008
6:21 PM

Post #4741319

I LIKE THE GLASS,Wuvie i just finished a sea glass mirror,just need to grout it,its for a pubs ladies wc,made with tiles and wine bottle.see u all soon,sorry i have not been about much.caro.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 5, 2008
3:10 AM

Post #4759349

Hi Caro, hope you can pop in again soon,

Take care! Can't wait to see pics of what you are doing!

KM
lilmac442
Millington, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2008
1:18 PM

Post #4775326

I ordered a 6 lb tumbler and it should be here any day! Let the smashing begin, hee hee.
lilmac442
Millington, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 9, 2008
2:37 AM

Post #4779137

Speak of the devil...my tumbler was waiting on the front porch when I got home today! Time to rock and roll!
tomatofreak
Phoenix, AZ

April 9, 2008
3:58 PM

Post #4781718

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?

Alma
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

April 9, 2008
4:03 PM

Post #4781756

I think that's a good deal. I've seen them on ebay - you could check the regular price there.

katiebear
lilmac442
Millington, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 9, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #4781804

Sounds like it...what is the capacity?
tomatofreak
Phoenix, AZ

April 9, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #4781982

Since it just occurred to me to look it up - duh - I discovered it has a 12# capacity. And that it sells online for anywhere from $179 to $199 - so I guess I did OK, presuming it all works!

Do I remember correctly that to tumble broken glass I need mortar sand? I've actually saved a few bottles, hoping for a tumbler - and now I have one! I just want to start with some good advice.

Alma
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

April 9, 2008
6:14 PM

Post #4782428

You can use most any kind of sand - or none. Even without sand the glass will lose it's sharp edges quite quickly.

katiebear
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 10, 2008
12:10 AM

Post #4784004

Hi Alma,

Congrats on the tumbler, great job, good find!

Karen Marie
chickeemama
Graham, WA

April 10, 2008
2:47 PM

Post #4786762

Wuvie, that is just so very pretty!!! You always amaze me with all you tumble!!!!
tomatofreak
Phoenix, AZ

April 10, 2008
5:35 PM

Post #4787542

That glass is so pretty, I'm hoping to find an old TV myself. What will you do with it?

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 30, 2008
11:24 PM

Post #4889073

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.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #4889287

Drag...I think somewhere on another of the sea glass threads Cheryl used a vacuum cleaner belt on her HF tumbler and was able to cut it into 4 belts.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2008
12:22 AM

Post #4889310

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
Cheryl
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2008
12:33 AM

Post #4889349

I'm not a paid member so I can't search either.. I should have written it down then :-P

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 1, 2008
2:04 AM

Post #4889812

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2008
2:49 AM

Post #4890069

Ok I found the post
it it is a Hoover vac belt # 38528-035
Cheryl



Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 1, 2008
3:38 AM

Post #4890276

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.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2008
9:58 AM

Post #4890724

Thanks, Cheryl. I wrote it down now!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2008
2:04 AM

Post #4894390

your welcome ...
tonifafa
Brooklyn, NY

May 28, 2009
1:26 PM

Post #6608726

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!
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

May 28, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #6609332

I haven't been doing any more of this - but I do have two tumblers and glass waiting for something to happen. Maybe I should give it another whirl or two!!!!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2009
4:36 PM

Post #6609518

Haven't tumbled lately - all of my little Rolling Stones tumblers are deceased.
I'm too cheap to buy an expensive tumbler, so I'm keeping my eye out for them
at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.

I've been saving some beautiful rocks I found out front for tumbling.

:-) Good to see this thread alive again.
tonifafa
Brooklyn, NY

May 28, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6609701

I'm glad to see it up and running, too!

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?
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2009
5:43 PM

Post #6609781

Hi Toni,

Well, many stained glass fans like to put their glass into the tumblers for a
very short time - it is said to take the sharpness off but not the sheen.

I run my tumblers 24 hours a day for at least four days. The longer the tumble,
the better, but in some cases, like certain stones, will become smaller as each
day goes by.

:-) $35.00 is not too much unless you are buying it at a particular hobby store.
If that is the case, (Hob Lob) always wait for the 40% off coupon.

Karen Marie
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6609807

tonifafa
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.
Cheryl
tonifafa
Brooklyn, NY

May 28, 2009
7:16 PM

Post #6610126

okay, thank you! I'll wait until the tumblers go on sale - it'll be hard, but I have the patience of Job. ;-)

Has anyone seen any further works from caro_uk? I really liked her mirrors.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 28, 2009
9:31 PM

Post #6610656

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2009
10:12 PM

Post #6610802

Samigal,
Your in a good place for that can you say A.D.D...
I have so many UFOs ill never get them all finished ...lol

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 29, 2009
2:39 AM

Post #6612054

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.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 29, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #6612122

They say insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids so I think you've got the perfect excuse.
kb

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 29, 2009
5:04 AM

Post #6612563

Thanks katiebear, I needed to hear that. LOL I think DH started on me before the kids did.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 29, 2009
5:54 AM

Post #6612638

Argh. Must. Not. Start. Smashing. Bottles.

Too. Many. Projects. Already.

GAAAAAAAAAH!

*smash*
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 29, 2009
5:47 PM

Post #6614346

Wuvie, Your hands look SO clean . I get ground in grubby with my projects .( I really do wash them ). Do you wear gloves a lot ? I never could do much with them on . digger

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 29, 2009
7:04 PM

Post #6614667

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.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6620497

LOL, yes, definitely have to wear gloves. I have so many pair of
gloves, it is not even funny.

I even wear rubber dish washing gloves when water weeding.

:-) KM
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 31, 2009
12:01 PM

Post #6621118

Good grief ! No wonder , I only wear a light goatskin pair when pulling blackberry and brier vines out of the ground .Oh heck , at my age , who cares ?
I love your stuff , keep posting . digger
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2009
11:41 AM

Post #6630057

I love your stuff too Wuvie...keep inspiring us.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #6630366

Trust me, though, if I posted a picture of the other side of my hands,
one would think I was 90.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 2, 2009
1:27 PM

Post #6630414

You are so unassuming . Nice . digger
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2009
4:44 PM

Post #6631342

digger, Wuvie is a very talented and hard worker and does amazing things, and I cannot imagine her letting her hands suffer as I do mine.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 2, 2009
9:05 PM

Post #6632461

My problem is, I can't get used to not being able to feel the project . Yeh , Wuvie has an artistic mind . digger
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2009
4:41 PM

Post #6654192

Ok was bored last night so I was playing with some Faux sea glass heres what I ended up with

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2009
4:43 PM

Post #6654199

and another

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2009
4:47 PM

Post #6654218

this is a stained glass scrap

This message was edited Jun 7, 2009 4:16 PM

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Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

June 7, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6654292

Those are beautiful denimangle, I should come up with wonderful pieces like that when I am bored!! Great work.

Pegi
Maxine
Western, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 7, 2009
7:55 PM

Post #6654926

Den imangle, You are one talented lady. I imagine you do the wire twisting by your self also?

Maxine
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2009
9:15 PM

Post #6655248

Pegi& Maxine,
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

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2009
9:18 PM

Post #6655254

ok last one

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JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2009
11:11 PM

Post #6655666

Wow! They sure came out great! I love the wire!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6656310

Those are wonderful---they'd make great suncatchers/spinners in the garden!!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 8, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6656438

I hadn't thought about useing them for suncatchers.
I was going to take them to the flea market next week and see how much I could sell them for .. I just love seeing people buy my T2T stuff :)

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

June 8, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #6656473

I LOVE that glass bead one! I was thinking of pendants when I first saw them. You can post as many pictures as you want of them, I won't grow tired of seeing them.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 8, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6656551

LOL Thats all I made so far ...
They have a bail on the back out of 2 wires to be use as pendants :)
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

June 9, 2009
6:50 PM

Post #6664394

oh so pretty!!! How about smaller pieces for charms?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6665790

Dirt_Road,
Good Idea...
Thanks.
But It will have to wait a few days I put a big blister on my finger calking around the foundation of the house .. not near as much fun either:(
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2009
2:28 AM

Post #6703431

Great job on the jewelry. Anyone would be proud to wear it. I know I would.
Faye
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6703459

Thanks Faye,
it was fun to make
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2009
9:30 PM

Post #6785955

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..
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 8, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6793195

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
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6794124

Hi 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
the handle.

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.

digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 9, 2009
12:01 AM

Post #6795266

Was also wondering about putting bottles in a coupla (doubled ) pillowcases? I thought you might have covered the tube with sheet or something . D
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2009
1:18 AM

Post #6795576

Hi Digger,

Personally, I do not, but if I did, I would probably use a towel
or a burlap bag as opposed to the sheet. A few whacks with
the hammer and the sheet would be shot.

:-) KM
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 9, 2009
11:09 AM

Post #6796819

Got it , thanks . D
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 9, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6797005

dirt_road ,
windshield glass May not work is safty glass and has a film between 2 sheets of glass to hold it together when it breaks

Digger I always cover any glass in breaking. Learned the hard way also. hours of cleaning up a sheet of tempered glass that exploded.
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6798070

denimangle~ Thanks I didn't think of that.. Not a problem, I will break and box up the wshield for another project.. :-)
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 22, 2009
9:11 PM

Post #6852150

Fo anyone waiting for a Sale to get a Tumbler nows the time HF has singles for $29.99 reg $32.99 and a double for $39.99 reg $49.99
GrandmaThyme
Lacey, WA

July 23, 2009
5:21 PM

Post #6855648

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".
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6855849

LOL GT, way to go!

People who know me finally stopped asking what I was going to do
with things. "I don't know, but something."

Same goes for unidentified plants. Hubby will ask "What is it?" My reply
is "I don't know, but it's something."

:-)

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 23, 2009
6:41 PM

Post #6855960

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6856518

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 :)
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2009
7:46 AM

Post #6858324

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..

Thank so much
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 24, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #6859248

Dirt The double is on sale for $39.99 right now
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6859883

Dirt, better get it while it is on sale. You have lots of tumbling to do. :-)
Dirt_Road
Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #6860663

lol.. now wuvie how did you know I have lots to tumble?? lol..

thanks Deni for the info..

Question? about how much glass does a double hold? or even a single? Just wondering.. ☺
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 25, 2009
12:46 PM

Post #6862858

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

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 25, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6863604

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.
Wheeler72
Westminster, CO

July 8, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8680357

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.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

July 8, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8680452

I love the look of tumbled glass in landscaping but we have too much dust and too many leaves dropping all the time for it to seem practical here.

katie
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 8, 2011
11:46 PM

Post #8681462

LOL Here too katiebear

I some times wirewrap or drill the tumbled glass that has to much of a curve to put a bail on
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8681681

Wheeler, you can always hang around long enough for one of us to talk you
into a microwave kiln. ;-)
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 9, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8681789

Karen did you get the microwave kiln?

Wheeler did you check on any og the craigs list Kiln there were some good finds in your area ..
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 9, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8681798

Love this thread! Someday I'm going to have to admit to tumbling again. Right now have to much going on.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 9, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8681851

went to see friends yesterday came home with blue bottles WOOHOO!!! and have another box promised
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8682466

Hi Cheryl,

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.

:-) Karen
Wheeler72
Westminster, CO

July 10, 2011
12:59 AM

Post #8683175

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.

ARGHHH, this stuff is like Crack LOL
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8683954

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.

:-) Karen Marie
Wheeler72
Westminster, CO

July 10, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8684291

Karen, I appreciate the honesty. You have saved me some cash as well as frustration. Time to start saving up for a kiln I guess.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 14, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8693087

Karen,
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.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 22, 2011
2:35 PM

Post #8709111

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 .
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 22, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8709765

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
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 22, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8709823

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

This message was edited Jul 22, 2011 10:16 PM
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2011
5:37 AM

Post #8710303

lol we took an 18' trailer and I still couldn't get all I wanted we did pickup another bunk of blue pine lumber tho ") we should now have enough to finish all the walls in the house

not a paying member can't read general discussion chapter 35 on strawbale garden forum :(

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 8, 2011
10:50 AM

Post #8744409

I just finished a window hanging for a lady to go with her kitchen's color scheme of gray/green. It is tumbled glass, some beads, and stained glass.

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 8, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8744414

Since I finally got some pictures uploaded, here is a multi-media project I just finished. It has tumbled beer bottle glass, plus all kinds of other stuff.

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windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 8, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8744423

One more. So long since I've posted anything.
I made a little focal point in my xeriscape using aquarium gravel and glass that I smashed and tumbled.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 8, 2011
2:54 PM

Post #8744929

Wondered what you have been up to .. thanks for the picture .. they are all great tumbled glass & stuff ... love it
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

August 9, 2011
8:40 PM

Post #8747788

Looking good!!!!!!
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 10, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8749045

Is anyone else doing any tumbled glass projects?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 10, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8749317

right now mostly slumped windchimes need to start up the tumbler have a big box of broken glass
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 11, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8750246

Cheryl,
How do you make a hole in the glass for the windchime?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 11, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8750773

diamond drill bits , I use a dremel drill, a pan of water and some styrfoam under the glass
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 22, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8771467

No tumbling involved, but this is a cool wind chime.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=1885420939315&set=o.192440100790143&type=1&theater
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8771518

I have some tops just waiting to be hung ...I love it
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 23, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8772406

Windrose , is that Cedar Park outside Austin ?Those are beautiful , I want some .
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 24, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8774370

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!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 24, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8774853

shes always up before the Chickens ...LOL{{{{hugs}}}}
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 24, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8775107

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 .
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 25, 2011
10:01 AM

Post #8776197

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.
Lacy
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 25, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8776302

Lacy , we spend the winter at Rockport , on the coast, and run up to see my kid at least once .And yes , I want to see all your junk , eeeer, edit that . All your treasures !
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8776792

Lacy,
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 ...

digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 25, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8776840

Denim , I haven't seen any pictures of the house in months . How 'bout updating ?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8777085

its way slow for me to load to many pictures here on DG but there are tons here:

http://cubits.org/diycomfortheserious/thread/view/61835/

http://cubits.org/diycomfortheserious/thread/view/56523/

you can see pictures here on my FB page too denimangle@aol.com

this is a shot of the quilt/craft studio

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 25, 2011
7:26 PM

Post #8777127

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 !
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2011
7:44 PM

Post #8777153

thanks DH is a quick study ... I think it up he builds it ..LOL
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 26, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8777659

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
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8777770

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!!!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 26, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8778244

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 .
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8778284

I think so too...
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

August 26, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8778458

Reminds me of when my Dad forgot to allow for the width of the tape measure when taking a measurement - OMG - but he was such a dear person, and seldom made errors like that. Miss you, Dad!
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

August 26, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8778474

What kind of wood is that? Not cedar I guess.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 26, 2011
3:32 PM

Post #8778532

She has a story behind that wood . You're gonna be suprised >
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
8:32 PM

Post #8778944

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...

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 27, 2011
3:21 AM

Post #8779203

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
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2011
4:02 AM

Post #8779231

digger come on over to the other site I really hate to hijack this glass thread...
http://cubits.org/diycomfortheserious/thread/view/56523/

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
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8799040

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.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8799132

I have the lid off (vaselin around ege, filled 3/4 full with glass and sand and can't get the lid to seal all the way around without leaking. HELP!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 8, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8799272

Denim , everything is gawjus over there .You scored at H f H on cabnets . I'll jump over and see if you bought any .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
12:29 PM

Post #8799317

With oiling the bearings it finally started to work!



it's very quiet.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8799549

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 OH did I buy ...lol
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 8, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8799575

Good Curve , glad that worked
Oh yeah Denim , I saw . Like the difference in color . Gives it a "custom" look .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
9:03 AM

Post #8800557

Can I use liquid soap? I want to do mosaics with shells on birdhouses. Here is a pic of one I got in Cambria on vacation.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8800562

Can I see the glass that is just tumbled with dish soap and water please?
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 9, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8800628

Windrose , Praying the fire that got two homes wasn't close to you .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8800753

Now after much difficulty I got the lid off. Nothing has changed on the glass. I cleaned and added water and sand. i noticed the second bearing is not moving. Would that slow it dow? I have oiled it.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8801068

The bearing actually moves when the cylinder is on it. So much to learn. Going to buy me some sea glass at Dollar Tree to get started on my birdhouses.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 9, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8801322

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 :)
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
10:04 PM

Post #8801683

I tumbled about 10 hours.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 10, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8801980

Down at the coast , the next door neighbor , his neighbor on the other side , and the one behind him all live in and around Bastrop . We haven't heard from any of them either. Hate this !
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8802140

curvesarein 10 hours and no change ? with the dish soap they shoulr be shiny but the sharp edges should be gone
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8802275

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2011
2:09 PM

Post #8802501

your edges are not smooth? use something like dawn or joy
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2011
2:13 PM

Post #8802505

What makes the dish soap work?

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2011
2:55 PM

Post #8802560

lol now your getting into why is the sky blue kind of questions...lol
you didn't say are your edges still sharp or have they smoothed off/rounded ?
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8803424

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.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2011
9:46 AM

Post #8803545

I thought a picture might help. I might stop here and get something else going. Some are starting to frost and I like the shiny look. The sharp edges are gone.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2011
11:59 AM

Post #8803675

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 .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8803717

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8804149

haven't done stones ... no clue here
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8807078

Sometime in the last 24 hours my new rock tumbler died. I will have hubby look at it when he gets home and see if the belt broke. I have been running it non stop for a week.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 13, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8807083

is the motor still running if so my bet is the belt
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
3:18 PM

Post #8807088

NO (:
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8807095

That should be no,:(
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8807259

I just brought it in and tried in the house and it works! A breaker must have blown. Now I am doing beach rocks of all colors.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 13, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8807394

don't yeah hate when that happend ...glad its working
arnt beach rocks already smooth?
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8807442

Yes, but I thought a little tumbling might bring out the color better.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8810935

How long do you think it might take for smooth rocks to tumble until they look wet when dry?
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 16, 2011
9:43 AM

Post #8810993

Curve , you can wipe them with an oily rag and make them shine . What was you going to use them for ?You might not have to tumble them any more .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
9:42 PM

Post #8811794

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 17, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8811997

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
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 17, 2011
7:37 AM

Post #8812065

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.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 17, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8812373

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 .
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 17, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8812469

no shine if they didn't start out that way .. :( sorry ..
but poly should work ..
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 17, 2011
10:08 PM

Post #8812935

So the rock polisher is only to take rough stones to smooth?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 18, 2011
6:09 AM

Post #8813169

I believe so .. as I have never used it for rocks im only guessing .. you might do a search on rock polishing
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

September 18, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8813184

heres a few to get you started

http://geology.com/rock-tumbler/
http://chemistry.about.com/od/geochemistry/a/bybrocktumbler.htm
http://www.rocks4u.com/choosetumbler.htm
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8814764

If you can get rough stones to this, then you should be able to get smooth stones there faster. I may need a different polishing agent.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8818316

I took out my stones and let them dry, compared to other stones that were not tumbled they were smoother, more colorful and had a slight gloss but not the wet look, so I am tumbling them more.

This message was edited Sep 22, 2011 2:42 PM
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2011
8:01 PM

Post #8833526

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☺
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8834034

How cool June .. Love NO. its such a fun place ..always something to do .
Curves hows are the rocks looking ?
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
5:45 AM

Post #8835397

I am about to check them again today. I will let the dry and take a pic next to rocks that have not been done if it's worth it,
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
6:10 AM

Post #8835434

Here is one pic. You can definetly tell the rocks that were in tumbler for a week are getting the wet look.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8835445

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.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

October 4, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8835466

Those look good !
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 4, 2011
6:34 AM

Post #8835470

wow they do look wet ... looking good
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

October 4, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8835484

Foot tapping , Curve , it's been 20 minutes and no pre -tumble picture yet . Tap , tap , tap
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8835773

the pre tunbled is on the right digger.

This message was edited Oct 4, 2011 10:54 AM
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

October 4, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8836068

Wanted pre tumbled pic of the glass .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8838402

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.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8838404

Beach water scene.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

October 6, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8838603

Thanks , it's gonna be real nice .
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8838789

cute ..what will you do with the block when its finished?
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2011
11:05 PM

Post #8839147

Use it as a decoration. Maybe on top of my fence like this one. I bought a bunch of ceramic fish at the GS trail in Cambria. Probably have more than I will use.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8839304

OHHH I really like that one looks like its a plamter ..
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 27, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8865621

I am still waiting on the blue glass to frost, 2 weeks now. It may stay shiny. Using it for water on mosaic. Yes I have sand in it.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

October 27, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8865657

Harbor Freight has different sizes of grit. Maybe one of them would speed things up.

kb
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8866177

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
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
7:01 AM

Post #8866772

The blue glass was a plate that shattered into very small pieces. It will still look good shiney. Not sure I want to do the second plate yet. I have rocks to get back in the tumbler.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 29, 2011
9:46 AM

Post #8868006

Took the blue glass from the plate out today, it is still shiny but smoother edges. The pieces are so small they will be hard to use. I'm moving on to my stones.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 29, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8868034

Here is a better pic of true color. You can see it hasn't changed.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8868048

yes it looks like frit I smash glass up to use in some of my molds or sprinkle on other glass for color or with clay then fire in the kiln

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 30, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8869408

It looks a little frostier after drying. I can only imagine using it with clear silicone and tweezers.

This message was edited Oct 31, 2011 5:34 PM
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8869435

LOL yes it is a bit small for mosaic
windrose
Cedar Park, TX

November 14, 2011
11:21 AM

Post #8889952

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!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8890139

windrose
glad to see you post I was worried about you & the fires I knew it was close ..
how did you do at the nationals
ticollins
Sioux Falls, SD

November 14, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8890232

that's awesome. iv'e been collecting beach glass for years. this is great.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2011
3:48 PM

Post #8890330

ok we are over 200 to slow for my dialup
heres a clean start
Part 10...HOW TO Make faux sea glass
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230039/
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2011
8:43 PM

Post #8890696

Windrose thanks for the info.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8891065

Part 10...HOW TO Make faux sea glass
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230039/
lets move over to the new thread
Lindalou718
Fairview, CA

January 26, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #8983566

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.


denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

January 28, 2012
7:13 AM

Post #8985264

Lindalou718 come on over to the newest thread

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230039/
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

February 6, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #8996719

That link doesn't go anywhere new, but rather back to a very old spot!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 6, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #8996877

I just check it and it goes to Part 10
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230039/
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 7, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #8997819

Mine doesn't . Goes to 11/10 .
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 7, 2012
3:07 PM

Post #8998265

very strange I just clicked it again & it goes to part 10 ill bump 10 so y'all can find it
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

February 8, 2012
10:07 PM

Post #8999959

the bump shows up but that is all - nothing beyond it
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 9, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9000186

Again that is very strange .. nothing more I can do ... Sorry ..I see everything it must be on either your end or DG ..
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 9, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9000287

HELP , Administration !
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 12, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9004225

Hi Digger, by chance, are you accessing the newest board by way of a bookmark?

Or is your browser opening the link in a new window of which you are not aware?

Click the link below, and tell me what happens:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230039/

I don't mean to sound silly, but are you familiar with the term Alt Tab? (I never want
to assume).
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 12, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9004294

works for me :)
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 13, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9004885

It worked this time , Wuvie .
I'm computer stupid . Don't know what the ALT key is used for . Duh !
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9007658

Ah, Digger, no such thing as computer stupid.
Only computer 'has too many different functions to achieve the same thing', LOL.

Glad you got it, good to see all of you!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 16, 2012
6:08 AM

Post #9008579

That was sweet.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 16, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #9008635

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230039/
ok so lets all move over to 10 :) this thread is much to long

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