SuperMix Bulk Rough
A large bag of color - containing some of the most popular tumbling roughs of all time.
Photo of a typical bag of SuperMix Bulk Rough. It is super colorful, sized, and ready to tumble. Many different types of rough are included in the mix. The rough shown here was photographed wet to show full color.
SuperMix Bulk Rough - Very Colorful!
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Size: mostly 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch pieces
In our opinion, this is one of the great bargains on our website. You get a 20 pound bag of mixed tumbling rough for $79.99. In that bag you will find several materials that have been favorite tumbling roughs for the past fifty years - in pieces that range from 1/2 inch up to about 2 1/2 inches.
Your bag of rough will contain a colorful mix that includes several different materials - similar to the photo above (photographed wet to show full color). Here is a list of some of the roughs that are typically found in a bag of this mix: banded amethyst, gold tiger eye, red jasper, picture jasper, green aventurine, rose quartz, sodalite, unakite and white quartz. Every bag is different and every bag has lots of diverse color.
The size of this rough ranges from about 1/2 inch up to about 2 1/2 inches in maximum dimension. Most of the pieces range from between 1 inch and 2 inches - just the right size to make nice tumbled stones. Rough of this size tumbles best in a six-pound or larger capacity barrel, but it can be successfully tumbled in barrels down to 3-pound capacity if you are patient, include small pieces (or media) in the barrel and are willing to run the coarse grit step at least twice. Big pieces of rough require extra time in the tumbler for shaping and smoothing.
Separate Material for Best Results
The best way to tumble this material is to sort it into roughs of similar hardness and characteristics. This will allow you to get the best results possible for each piece as well as conserve size.
Separate all of the crystalline quartz out and tumble those together using the ADVANCED recipe found on the banded amethyst, rose quartz or rock crystal quartz pages, which are some of the common crystalline quartz materials you might find in this rough. Doing this will reduce the chance of bruising which is common with these materials.
Pull out all of the softer material, such as dalmatian stone, sodalite, and magnesite. All of these materials are softer and will shape faster than the harder roughs in the bag. Tumble this material using the INTERMEDIATE recipe found on one of their individual pages.
The rest of the material is likely to fall into the large and hard category. This will include materials such as red jasper, kambamba jasper, Arizona petrified wood, picture stone, Botswana agate, tiger eye, and aventurine. Follow the INTERMEDIATE recipe found on any of those pages to get good results.
You may also find a few pieces of obsidian in the bag. Most likely it will be snowflake obsidian and you can find a recipe for that here. We start with medium grit when tumbling any obsidian as it is very soft, and coarse grit will grind it away too fast.
Running It All Together
All of this material can be tumbled together if you are ok with losing a lot of weight and size off of the softer materials. If you run all of the material together, to get the best results where most pieces are shaped nicely, use the ADVANCED recipe for crystalline quartz. That recipe can be found on the rose quartz rough page. This will give you the best chance of not bruising or chipping the more fragile materials. However, this recipe will wear down the softer material quite a bit. I would check the barrel after one week in coarse grit and remove any pieces that are ready to move on to medium grit. Then bring the barrel back up to operating capacity with ceramic media.
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