Everything you need to tumble polish, together in one complete kit!
* 2lb plastic vaned barrel
* Tumbler base (fits 1.5lb & 2lb barrels only)
* Stainless steel shot
* Barreling compound
This tumbler is suitable for Metal Clay, Art Clay, PMC, Copper Clay and Bronze Clay, sterling silver, copper and bronze and consists of a high-quality British made barrelling body and a 2lb plastic barrel with vanes. The vanes in the barrel help to move your pieces around, so they polish faster. This is the the easiest way to give your silver pieces a beautiful polished shine.
How to use your tumbler kit:
- Open the barrel (if I'm using the plastic barrel I put the lid-end in HOT water first to soften it), drain out most of the old water which my shot has been sitting in.
- Fill with a little water from the tap, swirl the shot around, pour out most of the water (if it looks very grey and scummy; repeat this step)
- Fill to slightly less than half full with clean water
- Add about 0.5-1 teaspoon of barrelling compound (depending on size of barrell and your water - we have extremely hard water so I use a little more than others)
- Add the metal to be polished
- Replace the lid (if using the plastic barrel, put the lid in hot water before replacing it)
- Tumble for an hour or more. Until you know how to long to tumble, take your pieces out every hour and check.
- When happy with the finish, take out your sparkly pieces!
- Make sure the shot is completely covered by the water, and leave until next time! If the water looks very dirty and messy I replace some with fresh water until it covers the shot, add 0.5 teaspoon of compound, shake until dissolved.
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).
* Tumbler kits require a signature on delivery so please give a delivery address where someone is available during the day
* Includes a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase.
*End caps may be orange or black in colour
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Purchased this in December after trawling the internet for the best deal - very few customer reviews available on tumblers - which was instantly one reason for trusting this site. And the reviews completely hold up: it's awesome and my jewellery comes out shiny shiny after a couple of hours! So please recommended to another member of my class - and she was also impressed. Thank you Metal Clay!
I am just so happy with this tool - it makes my work so much easier and my hands stay (just a bit) cleaner...
Having done lots of research and reading loads of reviews, I purchased this barrel polishing kits. It is a great little machine, perfect for my needs. I need make the additional purchase of the rubber barrel, which I would highly recommend. Perfect little machine that does a perfect job.
I wish I'd bought this tumbler a couple of years ago. The results are amazing, particularly on the silver clay. It produces a lovely finish and hardens the silver really well. I think of all those hours I've wasted in the past by hand polishing .... never again. I love this tumbler and I highly recommend it.
I upgraded and bought the rubber barrel too, on the basis that a) it would be quieter and b) I could then use the plastic one for non-shot media for when I want a satin finish. Took me a couple of goes to get the rubber one cleaned properly; but O..M..G; the shine that results on both my silver clay and sterling items after a bit of tumbling. I never want to go back to hand polishing!! My top tip is that I am using an old jelly straining bag to keep the shot from spilling when emptying it all and an old washing powder tub to keep the shot in when not in use. The use of the rubber barrel keeps the noise to less than my breadmaker, so I can't hear it running in any of the other rooms in the house. I love this and wish I had bought it much earlier!