Thankyou, Andrea. I checked all the sites I regularly buy from, including "Jutayu" (Connie Fox's site) which is currently down but will be requiring a $75 min. I have never bought from Otto Frei but will check them today.
It's a confusing site to navigate, but they have darn near everything. Here's a 5% coupon code that always works: BENE
Do a search for "plastic pyramid" and "porcelain balls" to find what I use.
Worth noting: the 2mm porcelain will splash if you run water fast over it. Use a fine mesh strainer in your sink in the side without the garbage disposal I use a fine mesh ultrasonic basket to catch them when I dump the barrel.
First, I lay out a woven kitchen towel in a colander. Dump a small portion of the shot out of the barrel into the mesh basket, rinse under gentle water, and transfer to the colander. Repeat until the barrel is empty. About 20 minutes later, I transfer the shot (still in the towel) to a pie pan. I move the shot to the dry end of the towel and stir occasionally to speed drying. It takes the better part of a day to dry out completely.
One pound fits very nicely in one of those little deli meat tupperware-like containers.
Andrea Robinson Silversmith, Gemologist, Motorcyclist, and Espresso Enthusiast MmeMagpie.com
Great video, Andrea! I still have a tumbler on my to-get list. Hubby gave me some cash for Christmas to spend on 'bead stuff.' I think I might get a tumbler.... or soldering supplies... Hard to make a decision! Your finished pieces look *gorgeous* with the technique you used.
Post by koolbraider on Feb 14, 2012 10:27:44 GMT -6
Andrea, I saw that you used green pyramids. Is there any special size? (Otto Frei has been out of the 3mm porcelain balls for a couple of months at least.) I bet that's 'coz folks have seen this video.)