I recently received a lot (hundreds) of Lapis beads (round) of
various qualities and colors. I noticed that the polish is pretty bad
(to say the least).
I also received a lot of chip bead necklaces . I feel like running
over them with my truck a couple of times. Just a passing thought
:-). The chip bead stuff… I am not even thinking about
re-polishing. I will just try to get rid of them some how.
Since they (round beads) are all temporarily strung, I would like to
re-polish them. Since I mainly do cabochons, I am not sure how to
approach this. I thought about tumbling them… but with what,
(stainless shot, leather, nuclear waste, ???) I don’t know. The
cabochons I use Tin Oxide or Sapphire Polish, it seems to work
nicely. But, I am not about to dop a couple hundred beads and polish
them. The beads are from 8mm to 15mm. If they were smaller, I could
pack them in shotgun shell and sell them as “specialty ammo”.
We wont get into how I came about having beads instead of the rough
that I ordered. One of those painful (and expensive) learning
experiences. Let’s just say… it has stressed me out a little
Any help would be greatly appreciated.