Jewelry Tumbling Quick Tip

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Hey everyone, after the podcast episode from yesterday (Episode9), I vowed to post here more often. So while I am doing different projects and I run across things that I think others might find value in. Today I was taking some of my castings and running them through my tumbling process, I figured I would share something some might have overlooked.

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When possible, I string up my pieces with brass wire to save time picking through the tumbling media looking for pieces, especially small pieces. I have spent more time looking through tumbling media, especially steel shot, that whenever possible I look for time saving things.

Make sure you leave plenty of room on the wire so the pieces have enough area between each other for the media to work, and when possible, make sure the pieces are mixed up in shape. You don’t want the pieces to “spoon” or fit so close together that they don’t get worked by the tumbler.

Hope you find this helpful, as I was pulling the pieces out of the tumbler (and smiling cuz it took me 30 seconds) I was thinking of you.

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you share this content and site with your friends. Also FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and wherever you gather. @JewelryMonk

Now go “shake-up” the world with your generosity.

Doug

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6 Responses to Jewelry Tumbling Quick Tip

  1. Shelly December 5, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    Thanks Doug, im part of the periscope tribe -jouellejewellery. Ive just started listening to your scopes and think they are really great. Very informative and well presented. Only one complaint….i agree with Andrew Berry, your voice is hypnotic. Not really a complaint at all. Looking forward to next weeks installment. See you soon on a scope no doubt.

    • Doug Napier December 5, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks Shelly, I will try and work on that…. Might have to bring in a co-host.
      Doug

    • Doug Napier December 5, 2015 at 8:59 am #

      By the way, the hypnotic voice is all part of my plan…… Muuuaaahhaaahhaaa.
      Just kidding
      Doug

  2. Caroline Jones December 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Can you use any other type of wire for this, or just brass?

    Caroline

    • Doug Napier December 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      You can use any wire you like, but I use brass because it is inexpensive and easy to get at any hardware store.
      Doug