Thanks for all the input! I’m currently letting my Coke go flat so I can
get cleaning. Going forward I’ll be tumbling my brass and silver
separately, using cold water, and purchasing de-burring compounds
specifically for brass and silver.
And I have your book, Judy, and love it! I bought and read it before I
started tumbling (so the information hadn’t stuck through practical
application), I moved and misplaced it, but just just dug it out and
re-read it. A question for you re: tumbling pieces with set stones: My
preferred finish is the allover satin-y look that I get by stopping after
the pre-finishing stage, but some of my new pieces are made of brass, so
tumbling has work hardened them too much to be able to set stones in them
later. I’ll instead do all the cleaning and finishing by hand, covering
stones up with my fingernails and buffing around them with satin wheels to
get the same look. In your experience, would running these pieces through a
polishing cycle (with wood pegs and chips as you suggest) help create a
more uniform but still satin-y texture, or is it better to keep
hand-finishing? I’d so appreciate your thoughts.
Thanks again everyone, I’m excited to work on these solutions!