One thing I'd like to emphasize is that without a flow-through
system, you need to change solution in the tumbler frequently or
you'll end up with both shot and silver covered with a nasty black
substance that's very difficult to remove.
I don’t know that I’ve ever had occasion to disagree with you, Rick,
but I guess there’s a first for everything! Sorry, buddy! I did like
your joke, though!
My vibrating tumbler doesn’t have a flow-through system and I’ve
never had the problem you described. Not only that, but as you’ll
read in the next paragraph, compared to the way you take care of your
shot, I’m downright negligent. Big terry cloth towels? Right… my
dog is lucky to get them after a bath!
I do agree about the stainless steel shot. Like Linda, I’m too busy
(lazy?) to spend my time taking care of shot. I never had the carbon
steel, I invested in the stainless right off. Honestly, I don’t know
that I’ve ever removed the shot from the tumbler since I first set it
up. It remains covered in the burnishing liquid, in the tumbler…
the original batch of liquid I mixed when I first set it up. Granted,
a change of liquid is long overdue. I just cleaned out my ultrasonic
this week… the tumbler is next. I haven’t noticed any degradation
in performance, it’s just hard to see through the murky liquid when
fishing for my pieces.
As a lazy man’s solution, this was ideally suited for me!
Happy Easter to my Christian friends and Happy Passover to my Jewish
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)