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Thread: Tumbled/Restored Finds – 2017 - Restored Knife & Curry Comb

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    Tumbled/Restored Finds – 2017 - Restored Knife & Curry Comb


    Here is my 'first' batch of tumbled/restored iron finds from 2017. I tumbled these for 24hrs, changing the gravel, beach sand & soap after 12 hours. I then tumbled one last time for anther 12 hours with only the stone medium & soap. I experimented using different rock size mediums (aquarium gravel), abrasives (beach sand) and the lengths of time required to achieve the results I desired without over restoring a relic. I then tested different solutions to preserve/protect the different metals from further deterioration following the tumbling process. Here I’ve restored a horse curry comb, a 'Mickey Mouse' smokehouse padlock, a horse harness buckle and a 'Bowie' type knife. This knife will never be used to cut again, and I have no intention of ever sharpening it. But, I felt that it deserved to at least have a handle, I think it makes it that much more interesting. This is the 4th smokehouse lock that I found at the same site along with 40+ coppers dating from 1850 - 1920. It also turned out to be in the best-looking padlock 'restoration wise' after tumbling. I picked up the wooden replacement handle for the antique horse curry comb in September. I realize this handle isn't 'period appropriate', but I wasn't even sure if I would ever find a handle with age that looked right. I also put a new handle on the old knife, not my best work, I just didn't want it to look 'too new'. All of these relics were found on the site you see pictured here.

    I started tumbling 6 years ago with a small Loretone Model 45C tumbler, but I soon realized that I needed a larger capacity tumbler. Last year I bought a Loretone QT12, which allows me to tumbler larger items and more items at once. I quickly found that the more I detected, the more I found and want to keep! To protect/preserve your iron relic finds from literally falling to pieces as they 'dry out' requires tumbling or electrolysis. Now I've never tried electrolysis before, but the tumbling method has worked out best for me.

    Loretone Model 45C - "This model is where you can put slightly larger stones in the barrel as it measures 3-1/2” by depth, with a 5-3/4” diameter. You can also process more material as the barrel is rated to hold around 4 lbs. of contents".

    Loretone Model QT12 - "This is a large barrel measuring 7-1/2” depth by 6-3/4” diameter and can contain up to 12 lbs. of contents. You can tumble large items in this barrel. The heaviest items (axe heads) I've tumbled in a barrel this size weighed about 5 lbs".

    Relic Tumbling Methods

    •Next time you go to the beach, gather some small ¾” – 1” pebbles and some sand.
    •Put your relics in the tumbler, add the pebbles, and about 2 tablespoons of the sand to make the tumbler about 3/4 full. Fill with water (to a little below the top of the pebbles) and add a touch of liquid detergent. Put the lid on and shake it to distribute the relics and pebbles evenly.
    •Let it tumble for about 2 - 4 hours. Open it up and drain off the dirty water. Refill with clean water, add a touch of liquid detergent more sand if desired and tumble for another couple of hours or overnight.
    •Open it up and pour into a strainer or screen that has holes large enough to let your pebbles and sand fall through, but not your coins. Rinse the relics well then spread them out on newspaper or on a towel to dry. I tumble brass and copper things that have corrosion on them too, like buckles and buttons and keys, etc. I prefer to separate the copper, brass, iron and silver items when they tumble. I have tried it both ways, and if you decide to tumble them together or let them tumble too long, your brass & copper will turn a brown colour. This is easily removed with another tumbling with more sand and gravel.

    DO NOT MIX THE DIFFERENT METAL GROUPS

    •In a tumbler barrel, (remember not to mix the metal groups), then add aquarium gravel to a little less than ⅔ to ¾ full. Cover the mixture with water (do NOT over fill); add 1 SMALL squirt of liquid dish soap.
    •After 1 - 2 of tumbling, pour out the tumbler of relics and gravel into a strainer. Rinse it all well while 'stirring' or turning it over so that beach sand washes out leaving only the aquarium gravel. Once all the aquarium gravel has been separated from the metal, rinse the metal with hot water. This helps increase the drying time.
    •Pour the rinsed relics onto a towel on a counter top and allow them to dry. Continue with the next batch of metal to be tumbled. Once all relics are completely dry, they can be stored for display.

    Sorry for being so long winded!
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
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    Cool finds! Nice work! Really like that knife, you did a great job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post

    Cool finds! Nice work! Really like that knife, you did a great job.
    Thank you very much for your post and for your support Papa!
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
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    The comb and the knife are really great. Would something like that process work for items such as brass buckles?
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    Thanks for posting the info.I've been thinking along the same lines.Using my Dillon
    >> https://www.dillonprecision.com/dill...8_8_23658.html
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    Excellent restoration job, congratulations!
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    very nice work. Congrats on all
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    Nice job on the nice finds. What brand tumbler is a good one? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glass half fool View Post

    The comb and the knife are really great. Would something like that process work for items such as brass buckles?
    Brass probably cleans up the best of all the non-ferrous metals, depending on what type finish you're going for of course.
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    T

    hanks for posting the info.I've been thinking along the same lines. Using my Dillon
    >> https://www.dillonprecision.com/dill...8_8_23658.html
    Thanks for the link Roger, I'm going to check it out right now.

    Best of luck to you,
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by Professor of Engineering View Post
    Excellent restoration job, congratulations!
    Thank you Professor, I appreciate your post.
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by davest View Post

    very nice work. Congrats on all
    Thanks Dave,
    I realize these pieces don't have a high monetary value, but the real interest to me is in their local historical value to my area.
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by Hawks88 View Post

    Nice job on the nice finds. What brand tumbler is a good one? Thanks.
    Thanks for your question buddy... I currently use two different Lortone Tumblers.

    I first purchased the Lortone 45C, but soon realized I need something bigger, so last summer I bought the QT12.

    Best of luck to you,
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post

    Thanks for posting the info.I've been thinking along the same lines.Using my Dillon
    >> https://www.dillonprecision.com/dill...8_8_23658.html
    That Dillon Vibrating Polisher looks interesting, how aggressive are you be with a vibrator when you want to take off more material at a faster rate?

    Best of luck to you Roger,
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    Very nice work Dave. You always go that extra step, and I appreciate it.

    I like the curry comb.

    Thanks for the nice post, and best of luck to you sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Tom View Post

    Very nice work Dave. You always go that extra step, and I appreciate it.

    I like the curry comb.

    Thanks for the nice post, and best of luck to you sir!
    Thanks very much for your support Tom, you're a good friend!

    Hope you're having a great year,
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

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    Nice Work .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANTIQUARIAN View Post
    That Dillon Vibrating Polisher looks interesting, how aggressive are you be with a vibrator when you want to take off more material at a faster rate?

    Best of luck to you Roger,
    Dave
    I just load it w/5 to 7 hundred 223s.Add a few drops of Dillon brass cleaner and let it run for 1.5 hrs.Brass comes out better than new Click image for larger version. 

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    I've found all of their products to be top shelf !
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post

    I just load it w/5 to 7 hundred 223s.Add a few drops of Dillon brass cleaner and let it run for 1.5 hrs.Brass comes out better than new
    I've found all of their products to be top shelf !
    Thank you for the pic of your new tumbler Roger, and for the directions on it's use.
    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

 

 

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