My batch of Dallasite and other beach stones from Vancouver Island is now 75% of the way finished, with just one more session in my vibratory rock tumbler to go.
I posted the progress of my first batch of Dallasite before here. These stones have made it through coarse grit in the rotary tumbler, fine grit in the vibratory tumbler, pre-polish in the vibratory tumbler and now all they need is the final polish run in my vibe.
Along the way, I’ve lost stones at every step due to undercutting. I don’t think I had my Thumler vibe tumbler full of enough stones for the pre-polish step, as I had removed some that undercut during the fine grit step. Action in the tumbler was not ideal and the stones were not moving around as fast as I would have liked. I might have to get more pre-polished stones before I can finish this batch in the Thumler.
I can’t wait to finish this batch, but as I said, I might have to for a bit. I almost want to buy another vibratory tumbler to speed things up. This hobby’s really getting me!