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Daily Wire Tip June 8: Dawn for Tumbling
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
June 8, 2011
I know you don’t tumble much Dale, but maybe one of your co-workers can answer: Why Dawn for tumbling? I’ve seen so many people say use Dawn instead of the chemical stuff, but what sets Dawn apart from other dish soaps?
-Amie in Fremont, California
Actually Amie, I tumble a lot! Mainly rocks though, and occasionally my daughter’s chain maille pieces.
When I tumble rocks, I use a few flakes of Ivory Snow to break the water cohesion and when I tumble chain maille made by my daughter, Skye, I use a tiny squirt of blue Dawn.
A few of Dale’s tumblers!
Yes, most people have found that Original Blue Dawn dish detergent works best for them, and some people use additional special burnishing compounds made especially for tumbling metals. My investigation of Original Dawn ingredients took me to the Proctor & Gamble website where I found the following link, Ultra Dawn Original ingredients (PDF)
It is my opinion that the cleaning agents and grease strippers that leave no coating or residue whatsoever are the main reason why this detergent works so well when tumbling jewelry. Also, it has few dyes, perfumes, and abrasive chemicals, and is affordable and readily available in grocery stores in the US and Canada. For more information about this product, its many varieties and uses, please visit the company’s website: About Dawn.
Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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