If it wasn't filagree, I'd suggest using a dry vibratory tumbler
with walnut shell or wood chips - but it will just pack it self in
all the little spaces in the filagree. Judy Hoch, G.G.<A
Judy “The Tumbling Guru”,
Thanks so much for your reply. I was actually considering trying a
tumble in walnut shell and/or wood chips. Is one better than another
or should I use a combination? I hesitate because quite some time
ago I did try using, I think it was called Dry Shine or Dry Shine II.
It looked like walnut shell that was charged with rouge or something
- it was red. Anyway, I had it in my small rotary tumbler for 8 - 10
hours or so when I went to check on my piece and it was nasty looking
with a grayish coating. Maybe it was just the wrong product to use.
I went on the advice of a well meaning but not always so
knowledgeable local jewelry supply store.
So what’s the “good stuff”? Does it come charged with something,
should I charge it, or doesn’t it need anything? Will it get my
pieces nice and shiny like the stainless shot does (providing that it
doesn’t just get stuck like you say)? Can I use my rotary tumbler,
or is it necessary to buy something more powerful? Will the
vibratory or others do a better job, or is it just faster? I was
looking at the Eco Dry Mini Finisher in Rio’s catalog, but at $595,
that’s a pretty expensive shot in the dark as to whether or not it
will fit my needs. Has anyone used this?
Judy, you also mentioned using a magnetic pin finisher, and how the
flat surfaces will get frosty. What exactly is this frostiness and
is there a way ot get rid of it without causing more problems?
There has just GOT to be a way to get my fine silver filigree pieces
nice and shiny (hopefully a little work-hardend too) without losing
the detail or beating them up! HELP!
Wow, looking back at this email - I sure do have alot of questions
here. It directly reflects my feelings of desparation. However, I
am also feeling very grateful to Hanuman and all of you out in
Orchidland. You amaze me everyday.