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Tumbling with stones in place


#1

Rita, I vote yes. I’m guilty of tumbling all sorts of things
I’m not supposed to, due to production schedules. Just this
month, in fact, I tumbled a pair of 18K earrings set with
rhodolite garnet cabs. (small barrel tumbler, stainless mixed
shot [about a cup] w/ 2 squirts dawn dishwashing liquid, water to
1/2 inch over shot) Not for long! 30-60 minutes - just to bring
up that high shine. I would NOT do it in a vibratory tumbler,
and wouldn’t tumble faceted stones, or cabs with inclusions
(unless they were easily replaced).

Dana Carlson


#2
 I'm guilty of tumbling all sorts of things I'm not supposed
to, due to production schedules.  Just this month, in fact, I
tumbled a pair of 18K earrings set with rhodolite garnet cabs. 
(small barrel tumbler, stainless mixed shot [about a cup] w/ 2
squirts dawn dishwashing liquid, water to 1/2 inch over shot)
Not for long!  30-60 minutes - just to bring up that high
shine.  I would NOT do it in a vibratory tumbler, and wouldn't
tumble faceted stones, or cabs with inclusions (unless they
were easily replaced). 

So, we are to assume that you are using rotery (sp?) not a
tumbler that vibrates but one which goes ‘round and round?’ : )