Finding rocks is the first Christmas, and then taking them out of your rock tumbler is the second.
I was a little bit scared the first time I put rocks in my Lortone Rock Tumbler. I didn’t put the best ones in because I didn’t want to ruin them. Who knows what a rock tumbler really does!
But it only took until my first rock tumbler opening to fall in love with the hobby.
All that goes into a rock tumbler is grit, water and rocks. Rotary tumblers typically take a week per stage (usually four, from coarse grind to polish), so the wait can make you forget just what beauties you’ve got spinning in the shed. What comes out is a muddy slurry .
At this point, I’m not too excited about my rocks. Looks like a mess, maybe I put in too much water, chips crawling up the sides, everything muddy.
I dump the rock tumbler slurry through a sieve and catch the rocks. Still, they don’t look too hot yet.
And then I get the hose and it’s Christmas!
I love this part. I spray them totally clean and then go one by one determining which I’m happy with (smooth and ready for the next stage of tumbling) and which need more time.
And here’s the kind of killer Dallasite piece that makes everything so very worth it…
Below are a few more pieces from today. Opening a rock tumbler is like opening a big goodie bag on Christmas.
Man those turned out good! Love the petrified wood and the opal.
The killer Dallasite piece looks like someone carefully scribed special characters all over it. Wonder whodunnit and what does it say?
It said to me, “Pick me up! I love you, Stewart!” I have lost myself a few times now staring at the designs in some of these Dallasite pieces.