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« on: July 13, 2011 12:55:37 PM »

I'm planning to make a wind chime out of pieces of different colored glass. Obviously I don't want shards of glass flying around in the air, especially since the house it's going to has children... Any good tips on how to round out the edges? I thought about putting the pieces in a rock tumbler (for that 'I found this in a river bank' feel) but I don't want to damage the tumbler.
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011 02:25:08 PM »

Instead of a tumbler:

Get a glass jar large enough to fit glass piece into. Put glass inside and fill with water. Secure a lid on the jar. Now go sit on you couch or favorite chair and watch some TV or read. While you relax, place the glass jar laying horizontal on the floor under your foot. Roll the jar back and forth for about an hour, and check the shards. Repeat as needed to achieve smoothness. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011 01:14:00 PM »

@HSG: How does that work? Just water will take the edge off of sharp glass?
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011 05:34:41 PM »

The combo of the rolling motion in the water with the other pieces of glass, removes the shape edges. Smiley The poor woman's tumbler.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2011 02:36:13 PM »

It's also the poor woman's foot massage.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2011 07:41:47 PM »

ROFL! So true  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011 11:54:44 AM »

I understand it's not uncommon to tumble glass in a rock tumbler with sand.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2012 09:53:00 PM »

Instead of a tumbler:

Get a glass jar large enough to fit glass piece into. Put glass inside and fill with water. Secure a lid on the jar. Now go sit on you couch or favorite chair and watch some TV or read. While you relax, place the glass jar laying horizontal on the floor under your foot. Roll the jar back and forth for about an hour, and check the shards. Repeat as needed to achieve smoothness. Smiley

woaahhh that is a way cool tip
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2012 08:25:01 AM »

Another alternative is to get a sharpening stone - iirc they're called Carborundum stones, and buff off the edges using the stone with a little dish soap. The soap acts as a good lubricant and isnt as messy as oil.




Though, I have to say I like the idea of rolling a jar under my feet for a while... ;-)

FYI, I bought a cheapish ($30 or so) tumbler about a year ago, and have found uses for it constantly. I also use it to harden metal wire in chainmaille and jewelry, so have a variety of different abrasives I use in it. I have ground walnut shell as my finest grit, then sharp sand, then for the coarsest grit I have some stainless steel shot. The shot will take the edges off glass in about 30 mins.

I haven't made wind chimes yet, so I'd love to see some pics when you're done!
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