Featured Tool of the Week: Lortone 3A Tumbler TUM-110.00

By on November 21, 2011
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by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for
November 21, 2011

sponsored by JewelryTools.com

This week’s tool: Lortone 3A Tumbler, Item # TUM-110.00

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This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the TUM-110.00 Lortone 3A Tumbler. This tumbler is great for polishing rocks, as well as cleaning and work-hardening wire jewelry pieces, such as chain maille and wire wrapped pieces.

If you’re new to tumbling, I highly recommend Mary Bailey’s definitive article, Tumbling Your Jewelry. One of the reasons Dale “Cougar” Armstrong recommends half-hard wire so highly, is that it doesn’t require anything beyond general work-hardening during the creative process to ensure life-long security. However, pendants, bracelets and such that are made in dead soft wire may need tumbling to harden the wire enough to stay. And, some people use a tumbler to clean their jewelry. Mary covers it all.

Other helpful tips are: Rock Tumbling 101, this tip about breaking in a new tumbler, as well as How to Keep Stainless Shot Free of Residue and What Stones Can Be Tumbled? Enjoy!

Click below to see TUM-110.00 on JewelryTools.com:
Tumbler 3a Lortone

Wire-Sculpture has stainless steel shot for your tumbler:
Stainless Steel Shot

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