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« on: March 15, 2015, 02:00:29 PM »

I decided to add some stainless steel shot to my tumbling mix of old beads and silicon carbide. Now my beads have small pieces of shot stuck in the mandrel holes.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2015, 02:16:10 PM »

What a pain, I've had to coax it out of tumbled Viking weave! Good luck. X
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 07:11:06 AM »

I did something similar a few years ago - was tumbling some silver/glass bead earrings and put in a handful of loose beads to see how they'd clean up. I never did get the shot out of most of them - tried heating/cooling, prodding, prising... broke several before I gave up... If you ever find a solution, please let me know!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 07:39:47 AM »

I've been fortunate in that when it happened to me, one hole was still clear. I was able to poke a mandrel through to dislodge the shot.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 02:58:50 AM »

I accidentally dropped a bead in with my silver, tried magnets to get the shot out, not strong enough, really liked the bead too.

What was the shot for ? We're you trying to speed up the process?  I have a mix that works really quickly.

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2015, 09:08:14 AM »

I used physics with a similar problem - after tumbling I had a round bead jammed in the hole of a large disc bead. So warmed the disc with hot water and held the round bead on an ice pack. It worked, but with hindsight I think the ice pack alone would have been just as effective! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2015, 10:59:39 AM »

I accidentally dropped a bead in with my silver, tried magnets to get the shot out, not strong enough, really liked the bead too.

What was the shot for ? We're you trying to speed up the process?  I have a mix that works really quickly.

Janet
Hi Janet, I was experimenting. I've been using size 800 silicon carbide grit, together with a lot of rubbish beads to help tumble my 'good' beads, and it gives a nice silky finish, but I hoped that some shot would help to get into the crevices in beads which were getting missed. Unfortunately the shot found the bead holes too! - should have realised this.
Good idea about the ice pack, Margram.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2015, 01:41:49 PM »

Hi Julie

I use a couple of small pieces of sea glass, grit and green polishing cones(you can get them at jewellery stores like bairds, they are fairly cheap and you get a huge bag.  if there are any crevices that are annoying me(sometimes I like the shiny bits) I rub another piece of glass on those bits.  The beads feel velvety and it is very fast.

Janet
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2015, 02:54:33 PM »

Thanks for the tips Janet, I'll have to try them.
Julia
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