Rotary Rock Tumbling: Getting Started
Part 1 of 6 – initial setup and preparation
The most important Rotary Rock Tumbling advice that we can offer to you as you are just getting started is to have patience. The guide that comes with a new rock tumbler might tell you that a tumbling load can be completed in four cycles lasting around a week each, but we would teach you instead is how to experience consistent success. This starts with a well-planned approach focusing on the condition of the material at the start, and a grit cycle that lasts as long or as short as the material dictates it should.
What follows next in no specific order is a bullet list of pro-tips, tricks and advice on the subject of getting started in rotary rock tumbling, contributed by the Rock Tumbling Hobby Forum community.
Now that you have acquired your rotary rock tumbler and have properly prepared yourself and the operating area, it’s time to move on to Part 2 of this series: Rotary Rock Tumbling – Choosing your rock tumbling material
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.