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    Default Tumbling chain

    To tumble or not to tumble....can you end up with a right birds nest knot? Are there ways of avoiding this if it is a risk?


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    I tumble regularly, as I make my own jumprings and chain and yes I do, sometimes, get a right birds nest knot. This is usually if I've left a clasp or earwires in with the chain. Otherwise it tumbles fine. If I soldered my chains, I'd be using a traditional bench polisher instead.
    Last edited by Petal; 07-07-2020 at 10:49 AM.
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    Tumbling loose chain would be disastrous. The only way is to fold it carefully and tie it to something straight with thread or binding wire, but the result will be imperfect, because some of the chain will inevitably be inaccessible to the shot.

    It's an interesting question, and hopefully we will have lots of replies.

    My own solution is to brush it all over on a flat surface while rotating it, with a wet and soapy brass brush.
    The soft ones from here are particularly good for this:http://www.metalclay.co.uk/brass-bru...ty-super-soft/

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    Any recommendations for a good tumbling machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianykw View Post
    Any recommendations for a good tumbling machine?
    You’ll find a lot of posts on the subject if you put it into the search Adrian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianykw View Post
    Any recommendations for a good tumbling machine?
    You can't do better than a Lortone 3A, but none in the country just now, unless you can find a used one on Ebay. You also need to get the finest possible shot. Dennis.

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