Polishing beach pebbles
Raw (left side) vs polished (on the right side).
Rough vs shiny.
A few years ago, when visiting Denmark, I was obsessed with the many rocks one can find on the wonderful sandy beaches. Back then I didn’t have a tumbler but I just knew that one day I would be polishing some rocks. Guess that pandemics are a great time to start a new at-home-hobby like tumbling rocks, gemstones and slagstone.
From the overview, it might be hard to see the incredible change- also because I didn’t photograph the rocks before tumbling them so I can’t compare like a real before and after.
Unlike stones you might find in a forest, those at beaches are often already rounder and soften as the movement of the sea works like a giant tumbler already- the only thing it doesn’t have is polishing powder.
While not all stones will shine like a mirror, the general idea is that the end result might be similar to how they would look when wet. Often people are a bit disappointed when a beautiful beach rock looks dull the next day- but that’s mostly just because we pick them up when they are wet from the salt water. If you really liked them, polishing is your answer 🙂
Unlike the slag stone, which has to tumble even more than the average rock because of the whimsical shapes, the beach pebbles started at step 2 (of 4) with a more gentle smoothening of the surface.
The question that I’m asked the most is: “What are you’re going to do with the rocks?”
A clear answer I cannot provide.
– I collect and polish them just for fun. I like rocks, I like transformations. I love strolling through the woods or along the shoreline and look for treasures. I’m curious and it makes me happy.
– It’s a nice way to also learn about our earth and geology.
– The patterns, shapes, colors, and textures inspire me so they might influence my work.
– I might try to make a few pendants out of the slag stone or quartz, but not the pebbles.
– Some of the rocks are just nice to hold and feel. Sometimes I’m just fiddling with them while thinking about a work thing.
So next up is trying to identify the rocks.
And in my tumbler are now milky quartz that I found in the woods and a tumbling mix that I got from the tumbler’s starter’s package- I did spot some amethyst but for the rest to identify I’ll wait until the full process is done.