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What kind of tumbler I really need?


#1

Hi

I have been researching and trying to figure out what kind of
tumbler I really need! Rotary, vibrating, or magnetic!! I purchased a
type of rotary at an auction awhile back and it says “SLIK” tumblers
made by S.E. Landon Co., in CA but when I goggle it to try to find
info on this it doesn’t show anything.

I love how magnetic tumblers work as I used one in a class but they
are somewhat pricey BUT fast. I do a lot of hand polishing with
compounds but is difficult to do on my ‘chain’ designs. I have even
read the “Tumble Finishing for Handmade Jewelry” but I just really
need some ideas on what to get, use, etc. Any helpful info. would be
greatly appreciated!!

Lori Hampton
Loriann Hampton Designs


#2

Hi Lori,

If you like the magnetic pin finishers it’s fairly easy to make one.
There are several videos online that outline the construction
procedure.

Basically use (4) 25x25x10mm neodymium magnets, use a high N rating,
securely affixed to a disc thats attatched to a motor shaft. Use a
thin non magnetic surface to place your bucket of pins, ordered from
a jewelry supply house some folks use tacks or staples or whatever
but just buy the pins, throw in some water, soap and jewelry. The
one I built works like a champion.

Discarded washing machine motor -free
scrap wood for the cabinet and mounting disc for the magnets - free
light switch and bulb socket power cord all salvaged - free
magnets - 60$ don’t buy weak ones
epoxy - 4$
acrylic sheet on which to place the bucket of pins - 5$
tiny bulb for power socket - 3$

Even if you had to buy it all it should run about 100$ sans motor. I
didn’t need a power light indicator either as mine is loud enough
you wouldn’t mistake it.

I use both my magnetic pin finisher as well as my rotary tumbler.

Good luck, Jim Doherty


#3
If you like the magnetic pin finishers it's fairly easy to make
one 

If I were still young, I would probably enjoy doing this. Now, I
can’t help but think that in the time it took to locate, obtain and
assemble the parts and get it to work, I could make something I
already know how to do (i.e. a piece of jewelry) that would sell for
enough to pay for someone else to do what they’re good at (put
together a pin finisher)… And maybe it wouldn’t be so loud that an
"on" light was superfluous (that gave me a laugh).

Noel


#4

Hi Lory

I own a small lortone rotary tumbler that I use over night for
tumble links and jump rings with stainless steel shot with nice
results.

Gustavo