|an engineering kit for jewellery, gold, and silver||kilns at paragonkilns.co.uk or making jewellery at kitiki.co.uk|
The Engineering Tumbler Kit is generally used for polishing jewellery and metals, although it has other applicatons. It's ideal for putting a lustre on gold, silver, and pieces made from Art Clay metal clays and PMC silver clays. The long barrel accepts things like bangles, necklaces, torcs, and broaches, or just more pieces at a time.
The kit comprises a versatile motor base, a long 2360cc plastic drum, 1000gms of mixed-shape corrosion-resistant stainless-steel shot, and 225cc of barrelling compound to keep the drum, the shot, and your work clean.
Tumblers and polishers can be used to refine, matte, or gloss the surface on brass, bronze, cartridge shells, castings, coins, copper, fashion accessories, fingerprint keepsakes, glass, gold, gun components, jewellery, keys, metals, minerals, model parts, rocks, shells, silver, small treasures, and stones. And there are diverse archeological, engineering, geological, hobby, and industrial applications.
It's important to be clear about what you'll get and why:
The motor base is a luxury model, so has some enhanced features: two roller-ball drum end-stops, a toothed nylon-reinforced drive belt, and enclosed non-slip cogged drive wheels.
The kit includes a long plastic drum. It rests on two rollers, one of which is turned by the motor. To keep it in place as it rotates, it's constrained by the end stops, one at each end.
There isn't a rubber drum of the same length. Long rubber drums, full of materials, flex, get warm, distort, and slip or slow down.
Using high-quality shot is vital. Ours is made for us, from slightly-magnetic, rust-resistant, stainless steel. It has a good mix of balls, planetoids, pins, and rods to suit every contour: not just one-size balls with a few planetoids.
Anything described elsewhere as a getting-started pack will almost certainly have regular-steel shapes with no fine balls or pins. And regular-steel shot will soon corrode, make a mess, and spoil your work, so you'd need to buy an appropriate pack sooner rather than later.
For prices, use the shop link below the menu bar near the top-right of any page. Complete kit prices include a UK-EU voltage and CE-marked motor base, a rotating drum, abrasive or polishing media, comprehensive instructions, GB-mainland delivery, UK VAT, and continuing free support from a top-tier international distributor. So, no other charges and you can start work straight away.
You don't have to buy a complete kit. All the components for all the kits are available separately, so you can mix-and-match the combination you need. To learn more about the separate parts, use the parts link.
|THE KITIKI ENGINEERING TUMBLER KIT: PHOTOS|
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Engineering Tumbler Motor Base.
Engineering Tumbler With A 2360cc Plastic Drum.
Engineering 2360cc Plastic Drum.
Kitiki Stainless-Steel Balls And Planetoids.
Kitiki Stainless-Steel Pins And Rods.
Kitiki Drum Cleaner.
|THE KITIKI ENGINEERING TUMBLER KIT||JEWELLERY, GOLD, SILVER, AND METALS|
The kit comprises a CE Marked motor base, a 2360cc 285mm x 113mm diameter plastic drum, 1000gms of mixed-shape corrosion-resistant stainless-steel shot, and 225cc of barrelling compound to keep the drum, the shot, and your work clean. The kit uses the KA CR5 motor base.
The motor is rated at 230V-240V 60W, so can use a regular mains socket. It's fully-enclosed inside a vented steel case rather than, as with some tumblers, exposed at one end: so it's less prone to damage and damp, and takes up less space.
Including the barrel, it measures 463mm x 160mm x 160mm high, weighs about 5kg, and comes with a 1.7 metre cable ending in a UK 3-pin plug. Plastic protectors stop the tumbler marking your work-top, or slowly creeping and falling off.
The barrel revolves on two plastic rollers, one of which is turned by the motor. There are two roller-ball barrel end-stops and a nylon-reinforced toothed drive belt which can be adjusted for tension, although it's intended to be loose.
The 2360cc drum is often called a double-size or 6.0lb drum. However, as it holds 2360cc of water, about 2360gm, it's really a 5.29lb drum. So, if you see it described elsewhere as having an actual capacity of 6.0lbs, it doesn't.
As you can see in the photo, the 2360cc plastic drum uses nearly the full width of the tumbler body. However, you can replace the long drum with two medium-size drums, plastic or rubber, or three small rubber drums, or four small plastic drums.
The shot, a mix of nine different sizes of pins and balls, is made for us from high-quality, slightly-magnetic, rust-resistant, stainless steel. It's worth asking yourself why a well-known craft retailer is selling similar-looking shot at nearly three times the price.
It's in 250gm bags: either mixed balls and planetoids or mixed pins and rods. Kits include the correct amount for the size of the drum: 500gms or 1000gms. For this kit, 1000gms of shot is right for the drum size: 500gms wouldn't be fully effective and 1500gms would slow down the rotation.
The cleaner is a mix of chemicals that inhibit corrosion and keep the drum, shot, and your work clean. It's not regular washing-machine powder. It comes in a plastic screw-top pot: not a plastic bag, and not a pot that can't be closed once the seal has been broken.
The instructions for all the tumblers and polishers can be printed here, using the instructions link below the menu bar near the top of the page.
|VIDEO: FITTING AND REMOVING A PLASTIC-DRUM LID|
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Plastic drums are economy drums, although they work perfectly well. Unlike rubber drums that have a screw-on lid, plastic drums have a push-on lid. To prevent leaks, the lid has to be a good fit. There's an easy way to fit and remove the lid. Here are two videos:
|USING THIS TUMBLER FOR GLASS, METALS, MINERALS, ROCKS, AND STONES|
If you've already bought this tumbler for jewellery, metals, gold, and silver, but now want to try glass, metals, minerals, rocks, and stones, you'll need two three-grit packs, each with with 400gms of 80 grit, 400gms of 220 grit, and 340gms of 400 grit, 200 gms of zinc oxide polish, and 250gm of plastic pellets.
However, grits and polish are a bit like sandy toothpaste, and cleaning out a drum completely, storing the grit, and swapping back to shot is messy and tedious. And I wouldn't recommend using the same single drum for grits and shot as one stray grit particle in the shot will scratch your work.
You could use two barrels: one for grits and one for shot, marked so that you don't mix them up. But, budget constraints aside, it's much better to use four drums for the three grit grades and the polish, and one drum one for the shot. It makes cleaning and storing easier, especially as the three grits look similar and the polish must be kept grit-free.