Featured Tool: Lortone Rotary Tumbler

By on November 23, 2015
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by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com

Wire Jewelry Tool Tip for November 23rd, 2015

How to Use a Rotary Tumbler TUM-110.00

by Kate Richbourg

Today we feature a great video by Kate on how to use the Lortone¬† Rotary Tumbler. This is an essential tool for any wire jewelry artist’s workbench!

From Kate:



Lortone 3A Single Barrel Tumbler||TUM-110.00

Lortone 3A Single Barrel Tumbler

Lortone 3A Single Barrel Tumbler with a simple 3 lb. capacity barrel offers the user economy and performance. Designed for years of trouble free service, the 3A is a real workhorse. The barrel is hard rubber to minimize noise and the durable motor will last for years. Simple to operate and UL approved, 110 volts. Weight: 5 lbs. Base measures 9-1/4″ x 5-3/4″ x 2-1/2″. The barrel measures: 4-3/4″ H x 4-1/2″ diameter. 1-year warranty.


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    Judy Bjorkman

    November 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Kate Richbourg’s tutorial is very good. I have been using my Lortone for over 30 years, and it is great. For a few additional remarks, Google Judy Bjorkman tumble polishing, to get a copy of an article I wrote for Lapidary Journal in 1999. I now use original Dawn liquid soap with my ceramic media. If you want to use ceramic media, Rio Grande carries it, but I can’t recommend the SunSheen media because the pieces are all round and do not get into corners, and the 2mm size gets inside parts of complex designs and is hard to get out. Mixed sizes should be better. Tumble polishing is a great way to go!

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    November 23, 2015 at 8:37 am

    After I’m done tumbling my pieces, I put my shot into a foil pan and dry it in my oven at about 200 degrees F. to make sure it is dry before I store it. If it is still damp when you store it the shot may rust.