The tumbler arrived with no packaging except in the box all of my other supplies arrived in and with no instructions or manual, so i currently have no idea what to do with it. RESPONSE FROM METAL CLAY: Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear your tumbler instructions were missing. Normally our tumblers do come with instructions, tips, and safety information written personally by our team. We'll go ahead and get those sent out to you asap. The tumblers also come in individual boxes but if we can fit the rest of the order in that same box (as a lot of items are quite small) we do so to cut down on packaging material. We always try to make sure each order is packed as securely as possible. Apologies again for any inconvenience. Please let us know if there's anything else that we can do to help.
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Improved version of our fabulous high-quality English-built tumbler which we've been selling since 2005.
You'll love this metal barelling polisher if you want a fast way to polish up your metal design.
This new tumbler, suitable for Metal Clay, Art Clay, PMC, Copper Clay and Bronze Clay, sterling silver, copper and bronze, consists of a high-quality British made barelling body and a 2lb plastic barrel with vanes. New and improved features of this tumbler include:
- A more powerful motor
- Compact size
- Base feet
- End stops for barrels
- Inclined drive for more power
- Toothed drive belt for better grip
- Improved finish
- Cooler running
This is the the easiest way to give your silver pieces a beautiful polished shine. Just put your silver in the tumbler together with water and steel shot, and leave for anything between 1-6 hours, and they'll come out lovely and shiny. To give you a complete kit (suitable for tumbling silver or metal) you need to add some stainless steel shot, and barrelling compound.
The vanes in the barrel helps to move your pieces around, so they polish faster. We used to use this size barrell in our metal clay classes, which were up to 10-12 students who each made between 1-3 items (usually earrings and pendants), and the size was perfect.
You could also fit a 1.5lb barrel on this tumbler body. We offer extra barrels in plastic or rubber; plastic is much easier to keep clean, whilst rubber is easier to open and close and are quieter - so you can mix 'n' match them as you like.
A little note on polishing - this tumbler is designed to polish or burnish your pieces. If you use it with stainless steel shot and water it is not an abrasive - so it will not remove scratches. If you have any scratches you need to put in a little work and remove these before you tumble. Tumbling for a long time might round off and smooth out the scratches slightly, but it will not remove them.
A couple of notes on maintenance - Every week, unplug the tumbler and put a drop of oil on the steel shaft of the roller where they pass through the bearing blocks. Every month, put a drop of oil on the motor shaft, where it protrudes through the side of the machine (use car grade oil for this).
Tumblers require a signature on delivery so please give a delivery address where someone is available during the day.
Not having had a tumbler before I spent a lot of time searching around on the internet trying to find the best type to get for my needs. I work mainly with copper clay and make a lot of small items like beads so wanted something to save my arm aching from the masses of polishing. There were cheaper tumblers out there but I went with the one from Metal Clay as it is a compact design English built and Metal Clay have fabulous customer service. I'm really glad that I did as I'm so pleased with this product, it does a great job, I also bought the 1.5lb plastic barrel which works really well on it too.
Good product and Good service.
Metal clay mini tumbler is a great little machine. Small and compact easy to store and to use. Lovely shinny pieces. Great results.