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  1. #1
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    Tumbled Iron Finds


    I tumbled these finds in my Lortone 45C Tumbler for 48 hours this weekend.
    I changed the solution every 12 hours and ran a mixture of 3/4" aquarium gravel, 2 - 3 tablespoons of course sand, liquid dishsoap & very hot water.
    I then brushed them with a beeswax & mineral oil paste to even out the finish visually.

    I'm doing this because I'm tired of simply throwing the iron relics I find in a bucket because they look unsightly.
    By tumbling your iron relics for extended periods of time, you can de-rust them and make them suitable for display with the rest of your finds from the site!

    Thanks for looking and best of luck to you!
    Dave
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    Last edited by ANTIQUARIAN; Sep 08, 2014 at 05:51 AM.
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  2. #2
    I'm not sure about keeping all my 'half' horse shoes, but the oxen one looks good....
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  3. #3
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    Very nice result !!

    I have to get myself a tumbler... Any advice on a machine? A place to buy it?
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    Awesome! I've been doing this for a while now and get similar results. Electrolysis works great too
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  5. #5
    ca
    Detect everyday like it's the last day of the season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post

    I'm not sure about keeping all my 'half' horse shoes, but the oxen one looks good....
    With the sheer volume of finds that you amass Cru, you must have barrels full of horse shoe halves mate!
    I did this as more of an experimental exercise for myself and to show others that we don't have to just 'throw away the junk'.
    Cheers,
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by Taltahull View Post

    Very nice result !!

    I have to get myself a tumbler... Any advice on a machine? A place to buy it?
    Thanks for your post Taltahull!
    I purchased my Lortone 45C Tumbler directly from Lortone ... here's a link to their website.
    You can also buy them through Amazon.com

    Lortone, Manufacturers of Tools for Lapidary & Jewelry Artists
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...ne+tumbler+kit

    Best of luck to you,
    Dave

  6. #6
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    A cheap alternative is the dual drum tumbler from Harbor Freight, it's like 40 bucks. I use that one, but would definitely like to get a nice one like what OP posted for rocks and polishing, basically and extended tumble sessions I might wanna do.
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  7. #7
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    I've used electrolysis and apple cider vinegar - both with success - and both kinda messy. I like this option for the smaller pieces! Thanks for sharing. Nice finish.
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    The tumbled pieces came out looking really nice. Give a batch a shot using white vinegar instead of water, and table salt instead of the dish soap. The results might be a welcome surprise.
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    Nice results, look'n good!
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    Great idea! Looks good.
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  11. #11
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    nice results
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  12. #12
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    Thanks for the like Antiquarian And thank you very much for the information, I will definitely look it up !
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  13. #13
    ca
    Detect everyday like it's the last day of the season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr helton View Post
    Awesome!

    I've been doing this for a while now and get similar results. Electrolysis works great too
    Thanks for your post mr helton!
    I have yet to attempt electrolysis, but maybe one day!

    That picture of you cutting a plug with the cows looking on is hilarious man!
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by mr helton View Post

    A cheap alternative is the dual drum tumbler from Harbor Freight, it's like 40 bucks. I use that one, but would definitely like to get a nice one like what OP posted for rocks and polishing, basically and extended tumble sessions I might wanna do.
    I'm always hesitant to recommend a 'cheaply made product ... I feel you get what you pay for.
    Although, I've heard others talk about the tumblers that Harbor Freight sells and nobody has ever said anything bad about their products!
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by Old Stonewall View Post

    I've used electrolysis and apple cider vinegar - both with success - and both kinda messy. I like this option for the smaller pieces! Thanks for sharing. Nice finish.
    Thanks for your post O.S.
    Sounds interesting, maybe I'll try your suggested mixture on pennies!
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by beez0404 View Post

    The tumbled pieces came out looking really nice. Give a batch a shot using white vinegar instead of water, and table salt instead of the dish soap. The results might be a welcome surprise.
    This mixture of white vinegar & salt for iron sounds interesting!
    I have a bunch of square nails I might try it on this weekend.

    Thanks for your post and suggestion beez,
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by Msbeepbeep View Post

    Nice results, look'n good!
    Thanks very much Msbeepbeep!
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by VaNana View Post

    Great idea! Looks good.
    Thanks Nana, best of luck to you!
    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by dirtlooter View Post

    nice results
    Thank you Sir!
    Dave


    Quote Originally Posted by Taltahull View Post

    Thanks for the like Antiquarian And thank you very much for the information, I will definitely look it up !
    You're very welcome buddy!
    Most of my knowledge of this hobby has come from the great members here on Tnet who are always willing to share!
    Dave
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  14. #14
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    Wow! Those turned out great! Only if I had saved all those crusty iron buckles... darn.
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  15. #15
    ca
    Detect everyday like it's the last day of the season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATpro5 View Post

    Wow! Those turned out great! Only if I had saved all those crusty iron buckles... darn.
    This is exactly what I'm talking about my friend!
    Those "crusty iron buckles" are the kind of finds that can be easily preserved/tumbled for later display!

    Thanks for your post,
    Dave


 

 

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