A pound can! If you’re just using a dremel with a little muslin
buff, you might have nearly a lifetime supply.
There are some who swear by Zam and others who swear by rouge.
Me, I like red rouge best. It puts on a finer finish than the
Zam. Although if I screw up when setting a stone such a
turquoise or malachite I use Zam so I don’t ruin the stone’s
polish. However, if you’re not using bobbing or tripoli or white
diamond first, you can polish till the cows come home and the
result won’t be very good. Like Marilyn I don’t like to use the
foredom or dremel for buffing. Those little muslin buffs just
fly apart with most of the little threads landing in the furthest
reaches of my studio and up my nose (even with a mask on). Why
don’t you build your own polisher using a bench grinder. A month
or so ago there were some directions out there. If you can’t
find them, e-mail me and I’ll send my own directions for making
one, including a hood. I’ve been using mine for over five years.
I have two, each with two buffs. One for coarse grits (usually
bobbing and tripoli) and the other for Zam and rouge.
Instead of detergent and water, try using a warm solution of Mr.
Clean and water. I like it better than ammonia: 1) works better
2) doesn’t smell so awful 3) easier on hands. Keep in a crock
pot that has an adjustable thermostat (so it doesn’t get too
hot). Let your piece soak for 5 min or so and even bobbing
compound usually just rinses away.