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Tumbling jump rings?


#1

Hello all. I inherited a tumbler from my grandfather, who made
jewelry as a hobby. I’m wondering if i should put my silver jump
rings into the tumbler; will it make them shinier or anything?


#2

Tumbling jump rings in stainless steel shot will not only make them
shiny, it will also work-harden them a bit. When I do this, I thread
them on a large safety pin which makes them easier to find.


#3

A tumbler is a wonderful tool to use with jump rings. Make sure you
fill it about half way with either steel OR carbon shot, cover with
water and add a drop of dishwashing liquid. Add jump rings and
tumble for about an hour or so. The jump rings will come out
absolutely sparkling! This process will also work harden them a bit
too so that when they’re opened and closed, they’ll stay closed a wee
bit better.

Betty Leeper
http://www.thecyrusco.com


#4

I string my jump rings and then tumble them in stainless shot with a
little dish detergent. tainless teel shot is a little more expensive,
but well worth the cost. I foolishly purchased steel shot to save a
little money only to find what a maintainance nigtmare it is!

Pam


#5
    I inherited a tumbler from my grandfather, who made jewelry as
a hobby. I'm wondering if i should put my silver jump rings into
the tumbler; will it make them shinier or anything? 

Yes. Brilliantly shiny, particularly if you use steel shot. It
will also probably work harden them, though. Use just enough water
to cover the mix, and a drop of dish detergent. You needn’t tumble
for more than a couple hours in my opinion - not having the cash to
throw at a tumbler and shot just now, I’ve been burnishing my
finished pieces by stuffing them into a small jar and shaking them
up with some Copperhead BB’s with very acceptable results after just
a few minutes.

-Michael Balls


#6

Thread your newly cut jump rings onto a large safety pin before
putting them into the tumbler. This will save you much frustration
when looking for tiny jump rings in your shot.

LaVerne


#7

Hi Gang,

If a group of jump rings must be tumbled prior to use, one of the
ways to save time & frustration finding the rings after tumbling is
as follows. It starts with the cutting of the coil into rings.

  1. Wind the coil as usual.

  2. Before cutting the coil into rings, insert a length of wire about
    2 1/2 times the length of the coil. Twist the ends together & cut
    the coil. The rings will remain on the wire.

  3. Place the wire containing the rings in the tumbler & tumble.

  4. When tumbling is complete, remove the rings, rinse in clear water
    & dry.