Topics: Metalsmithing, Tumbler, Bead Glass
Can I use the rock tumbler to make beach glass?
Yes you can use the tumbler for creating pieces that look like beach glass.
Consider your first batch a test to assess which tumbling media works best for the glass you have chosen, as well as how long you need to tumble for. Here is a guideline to help get you started:
- Carefully break glass inside a towel or sheet, breaking it into manageable sized pieces, around 1-inch x 1-inch (a little larger or smaller depending on the design you have in mind)
- Carefully place a few pieces (half dozen or less) into the barrel of the tumbler
- Pour in the manufacturer's recommended amount of Step 1 tumbling media and tumble following manufacturer's directions
- After the manufacturer's recommended amount of time, remove the lid from the tumbler and assess your success
The first time I tumbled glass (from a broken blue bottle of wine) I tumbled the broken pieces in a sand and rock mixture I made from materials found at my local hardware store (simulating sand found at the beach).
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator
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