Makes me feel better to know that tap water will be ok, Andrea. It's so weird. Now, that I have a tumbler, I don't have anything to tumble. Go figure. Need to find some time to make stuff, I guess.
Did run it for two hours to clean the shot and test it the tumbler. Don't have anything to compare it to, but I found it to be quiet and no broken belts.
Actually, what I said above isn't completely true. I tumbled an old copper cuff for about an hour, but didn't notice much difference in shiny or hardening. After doing some reading, I think I put too much water in the tumbler. Filled it nearly full and everything I've read since then says to cover the shot and jewelry with about an inch of water or to just enough to cover.
Make that three hours and no broken belt!
Jeanne, I've logged a tumbling blog post away in my brain for a future post.
If you want the most amazing burnished finials ever, get a pound of the porcelain balls from Otto Frei and tumble for at least 6 hours. Also try them after yiu've got the LOS look you're going for. Stunning.
The pins in the mixed stainless will put little dings in large, polished surfaces like bezels, so beware of that.
Andrea Robinson Silversmith, Gemologist, Motorcyclist, and Espresso Enthusiast MmeMagpie.com
I have used a wide variety of liquid dish-soaps at this point... whatever I happen to be using at the time for dishes - and I have not seen any significant difference from one soap to another. I love my tumbler for silver, but the one comment I would make is be mindful with brass.
I have 2 different vendors where I get my brass from - and I find that they do not tumble the same way, some get shiny and polished much more easily than others. An hour in the tumbler and my silver is sparkling and shiny... but if I want an equally shiny finish on brass without hand polishing - I pay $1.00 per piece to have it tumbled in a magnetic tumbler - which is much larger and more powerful than my little home based spinning machine. The magnetic tumblers use finer shot - that is more like rice, than the standard stainless steel shot packs.