Today was one of those days in my studio. I have a show coming up,
and have been rushed to get things finished.
I had cut several lengths of sterling tubes into 3/4 inch
pieces,–about 40 in all. Then realized I should have polished the
tubes before cutting them into sections. Decided the best thing to do
was pickle them and then toss them into my tumbler for burnishing. To
my dismay, the little tumbling shot pieces all wedged themselves
firmly inside of each tube. There was no way I could dislodge them. I
poked and poked with a steel rod but could not budge them. Not enough
of the ends protruded so that I could grasp them with my pliers.
Fixed myself a nice hot cup of tea to sooth my nerves, and thought
the matter over. Finally, I realized that if agitation had put them
into the tubes, perhaps agitation would remove them.
I tossed the batch into a jar, tightened the lid, and bounced the
tubes up and down, shaking the jar vigorously. Eureka. It worked. The
jostling dislodged the steel shot, and I was able to save my silver
Just thought I would share this in case someone else
finds shot imbedded in their silver tubes.