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Tumbling 22K with steel shot?

Is 22K gold too soft to be tumbled with stainless steel shot in a
rotary tumbler? Some folks have told me “yes”, and some said "no."
Anyone with experience doing this?

Larry Heyda

Is 22K gold too soft to be tumbled with stainless steel shot in a
rotary tumbler? Some folks have told me "yes", and some said "no."
Anyone with experience doing this? 

Like many thing the answer is “it depends” if your tumbler is a
powerful one then you may find that it will leave the work with an
orange peel surface from the impact of the media. A gentler tumbler
will not sling the shot with as much force and will not mark up the
work quite as much. The best answer is to give it a try on a test
piece.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts

if your tumbler is a powerful one then you may find that it will
leave the work with an orange peel surface from the impact of the
media 

i tumbled 24k gold keum-boo peice and it came out with and orange
peel surface. and that was in a mini electo mag polisher. the funny
thing is it i didnt guess why untill i read this!

Chris

Larry - no problem at all - in fact it is a very good thing to do -
it obviously retains the high karat but adds a small bit of surface
hardness. I’m not fond of shiny 22k and usually prefer a matte or
brushed surface.

The book will be back from the printer next week.

Judy Hoch