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Polychrome Jasper Tumbler Rough

Polychrome Jasper tumbling rough

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Polychrome Jasper Tumbling Rough

They call this material "polychrome" because it is a rock with many colors. It is mostly reds and pinks, mixed with brown, orange, white, gray and a few tinges of other colors. It takes a great polish and rounds well in a rotary tumbler.

This mix was crushed and sized to work great for the beginner. It has a range of particle sizes from approximately 3/8" (9 mm) to 1 1/2"" (38 mm) and should require little to no preparation. We ran straight rough without using any ceramic media. We obtained great polishing results using the inexpensive TXP aluminum oxide polish.

We started polishing about four pounds the day it arrived. You can see our polished stones in the photo below and our tumbling procedure is below the photo.

Polished polychrome jasper
This photo is of some Polychrome Jasper rough that we polished. Check out the great color and bright polish.

Steps 1A, 1B, 1C: We loaded about four pounds of polychrome jasper rough into the barrel of a Lortone QT6 tumbler and added about four tablespoons of 60/90 grit silicon carbide plus enough water to cover the rough. We ran the tumbler for about one week then opened the barrel and rinsed the rough. The colors were really nice and the pieces were starting to round nicely. We rinsed the rough and loaded it back into the barrel with a frish charge of grit, added enough water to cover and ran it a second week. At the end of two weeks it looked great but we decided to run it again because we like our tumbles to be nicely rounded. At the end of three weeks we had some nicely rounded stones with great color.

Step 2: We placed the rough into a single barrel Lot-O-Tumbler and ran it for 48 hours in with 150/220 grit, rinsing and adding new grit after the first 24 hours.

Step 3: We then ran the polychrome about 36 hours in the Lot-O-Tumbler with 500F prepolish. The jasper was now showing a slight gloss.

Step 4: The final step was just 24 hours in the Lot-O-Tumbler with TXP aluminum oxide polish. Wow! We were amazed at how brightly they polished in just one day.

Total processing time was three weeks, four days and 12 hours.

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