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  • Socharis
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    i was going to say that :D lol

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  • Lavender
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    Oohh! Good point! Thanks!

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  • bloodstone20
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    Try

    rubbing them together. They ones that get scrached are lower.

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  • Socharis
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    Originally posted by chryssi1


    Thanks, I'll have to search for one.
    :D

    (ick, I hate searching....)


    Chris
    LOL :D

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  • Faery-Wings
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    Originally posted by Socharis
    their is probbably a scale on the internet somewhere.
    Thanks, I'll have to search for one.
    :D

    (ick, I hate searching....)


    Chris

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  • Socharis
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    their is probbably a scale on the internet somewhere.

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  • Faery-Wings
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    Originally posted by Wildchild
    That makes sense. How can you tell what hardness your stones are?
    Good question!

    My kids keep finding stones at the beach or in our yard they want to tumble, but I have no clue as to what kind they are or there hardness.

    Chris

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  • Lavender
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    That makes sense. How can you tell what hardness your stones are?

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  • EasternPriest
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    Originally posted by Wildchild
    Well, the woman at the rock & gem place said that you should tumble stones that are similar in hardness. Some are considered soft stones & should not be tumbled with hard stones. We couldn't figure it out. Have to learn more about that.

    The harder stones will grind down the softer stones in the tumbler. All stones are rated 1-10 on the Moh's scale of harness.
    Sandstone is a 1, diamond is a 10.

    Any higher number stone can scratch or damage a lower number stone.

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  • Socharis
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    Originally posted by chryssi1
    Yeah, it spins by itself. And you have to put it somewhere that you won't have to listen to it. Ours is in the basement and we can hear it upstairs. White noise but it would be annoying iif it were up here with me all day and night

    It will smooth and polish the stones. We just put ours in the second cycle, and the rocks were rounded and smoothing out. Hopefully by the end, they will be nice and smooth and shiny. :D

    Take care!

    Chris
    Thank you :D

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  • Faery-Wings
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    Yeah, it spins by itself. And you have to put it somewhere that you won't have to listen to it. Ours is in the basement and we can hear it upstairs. White noise but it would be annoying iif it were up here with me all day and night

    It will smooth and polish the stones. We just put ours in the second cycle, and the rocks were rounded and smoothing out. Hopefully by the end, they will be nice and smooth and shiny. :D

    Take care!

    Chris

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  • Socharis
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    cheers, does it move itself? what does it do to the rocks?

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  • Faery-Wings
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    The Rock Tumbler

    We got our's at AC Moore, a craft store for $25, i think. I know Michaels's and Rag Shop carries it too for $30 but usually you can find a 40% off coupon at those stores. My hubby didn't want to wait for the coupon, stubborn man that he is

    You put the rocks and water and grit into the barrell, plug it in and let it spin for a few days. After a few days on the coarse grit, you wash it out and put in med. grit and let it spin for 12-14 days. After that, you go to polishing grit. I don't know how long that takes- we are no where near that point

    They include some jewelry fixings for earrings or a keychain. And you can order all different kinds of stuff. Search on Amazon.com, I am sure they will have it there.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...409430-6455806

    Here ya go!

    Chris

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  • Socharis
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    So are they expensive? how do they work?

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  • Myst
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    I remember desperately wanting one of those as a child too

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