I was very late in getting Ms. J a Christmas gift this year, so we had Christmas in March! Yes, I was three months late in getting a Christmas gift!
It’s a rock tumbler! And yes, she did ask for this. In case anyone doesn’t know what it does, the rubber cylinder is filled with rough rocks and grit or sand, the cylinder then spins around and the grit smooths out the rocks. My Mom can tell stories of how my older brother had a rock tumbler when he was about 10 years old and how much noise it made. Apparently it was loud enough to knock fillings out of teeth. I’m sure the technology has advanced in the past 40 years since this one is not that loud, but we do keep it in the basement.
It can take a few weeks to smooth out the rough edges on a small stone, but we’re using it on pieces of glass instead, which takes only about 3 or 4 days. Here’s our first attempt at getting mosaic glass pieces.
We’re using a Plymouth Gin bottle for our first experiment. (Hmmm…..this might give a bad impression when a stay at home Dad blog includes a post about the first thing used in a craft project is a gin bottle!)
There’s an etching of a friar on the back of each bottle, when his feet get dry that’s when you know it’s time to get more gin!
It is surprising hard to smash a Plymouth Gin bottle, the glass is very thick, which is one of the reasons we wanted to use it. Mr. C enjoyed smashing the bottle with a hammer, which must have taken about a dozen hits to break. How many day care providers would allow a 4 year old to smash a gin bottle with a hammer ? There are benefits to having a stay at home parent after all, so many new experiences that all the other kids who are in day care are missing out on. The bottle was wrapped in a thick towel, and he had on safety goggles, so I’m not completely crazy. I’m sure my Mom thinks we’re crazy though for getting a rock tumbler, she must have had flash backs to the jack hammer sounds of my brother’s tumbler of years ago when I told her about it.
Here’s the result! Not every piece can be used, though we’re already working on more.
We’re working a blue glass bottle now, which seems to be a hard color to find. We’re looking for red glass bottles too, if anyone can think of anything that comes in a red glass bottle let me know!