I am making a braclet for my wife and need to tumble it.
What shot and in what order do I use the different grades of
shot? As a side note, which is a better tumbler, vibratory or
Since this was the recommendation made to me, I’ll pass it on to
you. Vibratory Tumbler, STAINLESS STEEL shot (variety of shapes)
along with the bottled DESCALER from Rio Grande. My silver
pieces look wonderful when finished.
There are several kinds of “shot.” Basically it’s little balls of
metal. One can make “shot” from gold or silver. The tumbling shot
is a variety of materials; anything from lead (used in weight belts
for Scuba Divers) to high quality stainless steel (around $11.00 a
lb.) shot used for polishing jewelry. You will need at least 8 LBS.
of shot for an 8 inch bowl on a vibrating tumbler. . . I don’t
know whether more is better, but I had to purchase “a few more
High Quality Stainless Steel is less likely to rust! If you have
rusty shot, your pieces will be gouged!
BTW, the LEAST expensive shot (high quality stainless- mixed shapes) that I
found was through THUNDERBIRD SUPPLY . . . They have a web page.