This is a beautiful brown, tan, grey, cream and blueish gray jasper that yields interesting pictures and desert scenes when tumbled. We always enjoy opening the barrel at the end of a tumble to see what types of scenes have developed. The gemstones remind us of our trips to Utah and Arizona!
We recommend TXP polish - an aluminum oxide compound - for polishing this picture jasper.
This Picture Jasper rough ranges in size from approximately 3/8" (9 mm) to 1 1/2"" (38 mm) in diameter.
We tumbled a batch of picture jasper to produce the tumbled stones shown above. They were tumbled in a rotary tumbler using the standard four-step tumbling process. They spent one week in 60/90 silicon carbide grit, one week in 150/220 grit and one week in 500 grit. Then they were polished for one week in a rotary tumbler using TXP aluminum oxide polish.
Many people would have tumbled a second week or longer in 60/90 to improve the rounded shape of the stones. When tumbling jasper - especially larger pieces - we often tumble one month or more in 60/90 grit.
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