Friday, March 17, 2006

Inside the Rock Tumbler - the further adventure of the stones

For those of you who have been following along this 2 month journey, here is your next selection of photographs of the Tumbling process of our gemstones.

You can click on the images to get a larger view... First off a recap.. We have been running this tumbler for about five/six weeks at this point - to the right you can see a picture of Rob taking that "infamous" ring off the lid (that's the one that we need to replace as it's leaking). You can see by this picture how much leaked out during the process (that's the white marks on the lid - the tumbler is actually midnight black).

*Blogger is giving me a hard time adding pictures today - so I am going to simply center the images and write our info below)...

This is what you see when you first open the lid (above). At this point, we are in the fourth go around with the tumbler and this is what happens when you use the Final Polish. We are not quite done with the stones - they are going to be going in for another few weeks with this polish.

Now the fun begins! We put the stones into a colander in the sink and start washing!

Now you can start to see how pretty the stones are!

The stones are not totally washed off at this point but you can see how nice they all tuned out! In this batch there are pieces of Red Jasper (from Northern Ontario - hand picked during a trip to the bush!~) Moonstone, Lake Superior Agates, Granites (not the best choice to polish with some other types of stones) Sodalite, Lapis, Moss Agate, Tree Agate, Rose Quartz and some very interesting stones that were hand picked at Old Lady Bay in Northern Ontario this past winter.

What can you find in the picture?

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