Tumbling Stoneware?

lynnichJune 3, 2008

I am a relative newbie to mosaic work & have a couple of questions that I'll post separately in hopes for some advice from the experts here ....

Here is my 1st question: I read the "Tumbling" post on the FAQ & tried putting the pieces of Pfaltzgraff stoneware in my old ice cream maker w/ water & dish soap for 45 minutes but the edges really didn't seem any smoother when I finished. Any other suggestions? TIA!

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silvamae

I tumble stuff anywhere from four hours to five days. I stop the tumbler, open the barrel, reach in and check out one piece to see how it's going. I like to tumble stained glass for five days to get a beach glass look and feel. But some things such as nipped plates I only tumble for a few hours just to take off the sharp edges.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 9:22PM
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bluestarrgallery

oh no, don't tell me I need another piece of equipment - a tumbler - I better start reading the FAQ section myself. Thx for the heads up lynnich as I am a very newbie too. Welcome.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 12:07AM
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shrty411

For glass, I just tumble a half hour or so, just to take the sharpness off. Just glass and water. For plates, if I want a smoother look I tumble for 4-8 hours with a little coarse grit.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 12:19AM
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shellybelly26

Harbor freight tools has some great tumblers for under 40 dollars.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 7:33PM
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nicethyme

when you guys do plate shards, does it chip the finishes?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2008 at 3:09PM
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shrty411

Not so far NT. I got a nice rounded finish. Some I left in there longer for that. I've tried 3 or four different plates and broke up a plain blue ceramic tile..no chips.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2008 at 8:19AM
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nicethyme

Cool, thanks

    Bookmark   June 7, 2008 at 9:33AM
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shrty411

I forgot, though, one plate I tried, the pattern faded (pretty uniformly). I think checking them often is the key to get the look you want

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 8:52PM
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silvamae

Be aware that gold trim and anything iridescent will be taken off by tumbling - - unless you tumble for a very short time.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 10:08PM
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