HOW TO MKAE SEA GLAS WITH A ROCK TUMBLER

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HOW TO MAKE SEA GLASS WITH A ROCK TUMBLER 

Achieving a soft, matte finish on your glass is much easier than going for a high polish. A rotary tumbler  is recommended, as a vibratory machine won't give you the soft curves that are part of the sea glass look. Using a cushioning agent – plastic pellets  or one of the others listed above -- will reduce chips and fractures.

*Step One: Process using 60/90 grit silicon carbide if you need to remove a lot of material. Otherwise skip this step. Cushion your load. Check the progress every day, which incidentally will relieve any gas build-up in your barrel. You may not want to do this step for more than two or three days. Experimenting is the heart of creating sea glass!

Wash your glass when the step is finished.

*Step Two: Use 120/220 grit silicon carbide  and a cushioning agent. Check your progress daily, and stop when you've gotten the effect you want.

Instead of commercial grit some people just use ordinary beach sand, or that sold in hardware stores for making concrete. If you want a lot of variation in your finished product, this might be for you.

 

 

 

 

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