Using a Tumbler - Polishing
If you have beads, clasps, bead caps or other sterling silver or gold-filled findings that have become oxidized over time, a tumbler is your new best friend! Use a rock tumbler filled with stainless steel jewelry polishing shot to remove tarnish easily and give your pieces a beautiful gleam.
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Fill the barrel of the tumbler with about a pound of stainless steel shot.
Pour in several tarnished findings.
When using Shinebrite®: Mix 1/2 teaspoon to 2 cups of water. When using Dawn - original: Pour in 2-3 drops of Dawn dish detergent to 2 cups of water.
Fill barrel with 2 cups of water. Make sure the findings and shot are covered with an inch of water.
Put the inner lid on.
Press the inner lid down until it is firmly resting on the inner lip of the barrel.
Put the outer lid on.
Press the outer lid down until it is firmly resting on the outer lip of the barrel.
Place the washer on the bolt.
Screw the nut down onto the bolt.
Tighten the nut until a little of the bolt shows. Do not over tighten.
Place the barrel on the tumbler. Plug the tumbler in. Tumble for 15-30 minutes.
Once finished, unplug the tumbler. Unscrew the nut. Remove the washer. Remove the outer and inner lid.
Pour all of the contents into a fine mesh strainer.
Pick out the findings and dry them off completely. Let the stainless steel shot dry completely before storing.
Your findings are now clean and polished!
Findings before being polished
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