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Highland Park 24" Lapidary Diamond Rock Slab Saw
If you are interested in creating beautiful stones, you need to follow all of the rock tumbler's instructions. Currently the most popular machine is the rotary drum. This drum has allowed people to produce amazing looking rocks that they can utilize to create crafts that are simply stunning in appearance.
The process takes at least one month to successfully complete. It would behoove you to keep records of the steps that you are performing with the rocks to ensure that you are following the instructions as directed. It will also give you a good idea of where each batch of rocks is in the process.
You will need to have a few basic materials handy before you begin utilizing your machine. You will of course need the machine, some rocks, silicone carbide coarse and fine grits, a decent amount of water, some plastic pellets, and a polishing compound. The instructions on how to utilize your machine are actually pretty self explanatory and you should follow them verbatim.
1. You will fill the machine 2/3 to 2/4 full of regular rocks. If you are short on the amount of rocks that you have you can utilize the plastic pellets as a filler.
2. Add water so that you can see it but not enough water to immerse the stones in. Just under the top layer of rocks is ideal.
3. Add the coarse grit and let the machine run until it has knocked off all the sharp sides of the rocks. You should notice the stones will begin to appear smooth at this point.
4. After finishing the initial grinding process, which will take anywhere around 12-24 hours to complete, you should remove the rocks and get rid of any extra debris that may have been left behind. Rinsing the rocks with water will get rid of any extra grit and debris.
5. You will then repeat all the above steps with different grit sizes for a period of one month. After the coarse grit, switch to a fine grit, pre-polish, polishing compound and finally wind things by burnishing with some soap (Ivory works great).
6. Stand back and marvel at the beautiful gemstones you have created!
As long as you adhere to all the guidelines in your rock tumbler instruction booklet, as well as the above guidelines you should be able to consistently have rocks that are beautiful and shiny in appearance.
The process for utilizing your tumbler is a prolonged one. Patience is a virtue however, and at the end of it all, you will be left with a beautiful bunch of Polished Stones ready for your jewelry or crafts.
Lapidary 'pudding rock'. Is it for real?
Difficult to find many examples on the net, but I have stumbled across a few references to it. It appears to be a conglomerate rock rather than a sedimentary rock.