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    Default Tumbling silver chains

    Does anyone have any ideas on preventing silver chains from tangling in tumbler?
    Would they clean up as well in ultrasonic ? I have a small ultrasonic but not really used it . Any thoughts welcome

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    If the links are big enough you can thread chains in loops on a satefy pin, or onto a thin strand of copper wire (or indeed any wire) if you have some. That's how I tumble chains anyway.

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    me too, loop the links onto a paper clip or wire or safety pin and they will never tangle again...

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    I have seen chain threaded through a couple of holes in a piece of water proof plastic strip and then placed in a tumbler, a ultrasonic cleaner will clean chain as in remove dirt, excess polishing media etc. it will not impart any degree of polish.
    I polish chain on my bench polisher, NO I don't recommend it unless you really experienced.

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    Default Tumbling silver chains

    Great. I have always been scared stiff I would end up,with a right royal “birds nest” if I tumbled chain. I will try one of these ways.


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    I have long ago given up tumbling chains, because there is no way the shot can reach inside the links unless they are very large.

    You get a better result by laying it flat and brushing it with an extra fine wet and soapy brass brush while rotating it.
    http://www.metalclay.co.uk/search.ph...ft+brass+brush Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 11-10-2020 at 04:13 PM.

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    Yes tried it and must admit with my chain Dennis is spot on.


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    Thank you everyone for those good ideas. I’ll try the safety pin idea thank you .
    Thank you to Dennis I think that’s a very good idea and think I’ll use a brass brush in future . Some chains were bought chains so quite fine . The ones I made myself much larger links .

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