Rotary Rock Tumbling: Choosing Material
Part 2 of 6 – making the right material choices
If you are just beginning and do not already have several successful confidence building tumbles under your belt, or if you’ve gotten off to a rough start and need to start over, we strongly recommend using a hard stone such as agate or Jasper that doesn’t have a lot of odd shapes with recesses or pitting. Smooth(ish) and round(ish), solid and hard and free from pits is a great place to start.
What follows next in no particular order is a bullet list of tips, tricks, and advice on choosing material for your rotary rock tumbler, contributed by the Rock Tumbling Hobby Forum community.
Now that you have a more basic understanding of rock materials and have made your selection or purchase, it’s time to move on to Part 3 of this series: Rotary Rock Tumbling – Loading the Tumbler Barrel
If you would like to offer feedback about your own experiences, pro-tips, tricks and advice, please post in this thread in the Rock Tumbling section of the RTH Forum, and they might eventually make it into the appropriate category in this article series.