I think my favorite part of tumble polishing stones…taking them out from the first time they enter a rough polishing phase. Many at that stage are odd shapes, dirty, or where I collect them, are covered with a blackish or grayish layer after being exposed to the elements. It’s when you get them out of the tumbler after the first rough polish that you start to see the hidden beauty underneath.
Here’s part of a batch fresh out of the tumbler! Woo-hoo…some WONDERFUL surprise October presents! These all were collected in the same 1-square mile area on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. Yes…you find this incredible variety of agates and other stones, all in one spot! Rockhounding nirvana.
A couple of pictures. The first shows what they look like wet, and gives a hint of their final glory. The second shows them in their dry, current stage.