Okay- I have this barrel tumbler that I use with stainless steel. I
love the way my tumbled silver looks after. But, lately I’ve been
having some problems, maybe some of the experts can help…
Problem: The lid kept on popping off.
Solution: I called Santa Fe Jeweler’s supply (where I purchased it)
and he told me if I was certain I had the lid on nice and tight and
secure that I should try reducing the amount of burnishing compound.
Maybe it was the pressure of the suds that popped the top. So, that’s
what I did and it worked great.
Hmmm… “worked?” yes, worked.
Problem: my castings are coming out with a weird coating on them.
They look dull, matte or frosted. But, as soon as I hit them with a
polishing cloth the gunk comes off. So, I’m not getting a black gunk
which I’ve heard speak of on Orchid. Instead, it’s a “frosted” gunk
that’s a little sticky. I actually didn’t realize it was even a
"gunk" until I decided to hit it with a polishing cloth to see what
Any ideas? Is it a build up of polishing compound? It kinda seems
like compound, but since I had the lid issue, I’m only using a half
For the record, I wasn’t storing my stainless steel shot in the
barrel tumbler, I’ve been storing it covered in a large tupperware
container, rinsed with some burnishing compound.
But, I’ve been kinda crazed lately, so I left it in the barrel for
about a week. Covered in water with compound.
A jeweler girlfriend of mine mentioned maybe it’s the water. Our
water in LA is kinda nasty. She thought maybe the stainless steel
sitting in our heavily chlorinated water for so long maybe had a
reaction. Or, it had a reaction with the rubber of the tumbler.
Anyone with any experience with that?
Thanks so much in advance for all your help!