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    I just wondered how large an item you could put in a tumbler before it ran the risk of "chinking" other items?

    Many thanks!

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    Im sorry I'm not quite understanding what you mean can you explain it a bit further to gain a better idea of the context of your question?
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    • #3
      I guess what i'm asking is:

      is there a pint at which a piece is too large/heavy to put in a tumbler with other items because it might damage them?

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      • #4
        Are you talking about polishing tumblers? I envisaged from the title putting a pile of necklaces and rings in a pint glass or something....then I'm not a jeweler so it's an understandable mistake. Wouldn't it depend on how hard or soft the various stones are? Or is that a silly thought?

        pete
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        • #5
          Yes bigger pieces can bend and damage other items, I sometimes barrel a big piece with some more durable small pieces. Though i dont barrel any large plain items as i have found the steel balls can pit the surface after a while of barrelling.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SCsilver View Post
            Yes bigger pieces can bend and damage other items, I sometimes barrel a big piece with some more durable small pieces. Though i dont barrel any large plain items as i have found the steel balls can pit the surface after a while of barrelling.

            Stuart
            Thanks for that Stuart!

            Thanks also everyone else!

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            • #7
              Ok tried this with 6 20gm items for an hour and they have come up great (brushed with soft brass brush & micro sandpaper first)

              Now i'm wondering do I need to use brown tripoli before the rouge as, will the tripoli be too abrasive now?

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              • #8
                ah also... ive read I should keep the steel shot in soapy water till I use it again? How often should I change this water if at all?

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