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When I tried it, after 5 days all frosty, was told put in for another 5 days, so after another 3 days got nervous & took it out, What did a find? A slick with no embossing or what little embossing left all smeared sideways & still dull. the one time where i could see how rotating bottle would effect the embossing, if I went another 2 or 3 days I'd have nothing left but a dull turn mold slick. Luckily it was a cheap $5.00 Bottle I practiced on. This was like 7 years ago when I first started. One more Question for you & Bottle Bud, How many RPMS does your tumbler turn & do you have 1 or 2 speeds? LEON.
 

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I was told by the man who built mine it turns at 70. Only one speed. I haven’t wore down any embossing on any of the bottles I’ve tumbled yet. I protect the pontil and let it rip. So far so good. I’m most worried loading the tubes than anything. The 3 # of 1500 compound I purchased takes care of the sick glass but not the etched glass. I have to use my 1200 grit for etching. Hope in the future when I buy new cutting agents that their the same.
 

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mine turns at 60 which from what I know is kinda fast compared to most others. So I wonder why mine turned into a slick & yours didn't? LEON.
 

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The guy was over 80 that sold my machine to me. Maybe it’s slower than he said cause I’ve done squares and a flask and they turned out fine. I wonder if we have different compounds. Make me think I’m gonna have to run trial every time I get new powder. I’m just glad I’m finally making my shelves shine. And making a extra dollar here or there.
 

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count your speed, put a white mark or tape or any mark on sprocket that has belt on it from Motor, turn it on & count how many times it turns/rotates in 1 minute.. mine was 60 times in 60 seconds. LEON.
 

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More Water means Less Copper, Question, so on outside of Bottle how much Copper do you use, enough to go up 1/4 way of Bottle, Half way? 3/4 way? LEON.
I usually tumble for 5 days. I fill the bottle with enough copper so when the bottle is in its side, the bottle is half full of copper, same for the canister.
My problem, I believe when I said not enough water is that I did not fill it all the way, a rookie mistake. The copper level was correct but for some reason not enough water was put in. Kinda hard to explain.
 

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mine turns at 60 which from what I know is kinda fast compared to most others. So I wonder why mine turned into a slick & yours didn't? LEON.
My machine runs at 80 rpm. I was told this speed is good for only for round bottles. No flasks or square bottles, which is ok as I only collect sodas
 

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I lied, I thought this hutch was cleaner than it actually was, so now this is the last Houston Star Bottling Works bottle I’ll be cleaning before I send the set to my brother for him to display.
 

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A cool mug base Star Bottling works from Austin Texas.
 

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