I had finished four pieces and I wanted to tumble them before I went to work. Tumbling is that final process that makes the silver shine and gives you that Ah-Ha moment. Well, not today. I put the pieces in the Tumbler, went about my business and as I was leaving the house I stopped at the shop to pull the pieces out. All of that beautiful silver that went in the tumbler came out of the tumbler a smokey gray. Once again I amazed myself by the fact that nothing was thrown against a wall. I simply put the pieces down, turned everything off, got in my car and drove to Manhattan.
For that drive to Manhattan my favorite IPhone App is Dragon. A dictaphone app in which you can dictate emails and send them off. I wrote my teacher and told her that all my pieces had come out gray and please tell me what I did wrong and that I could fix it. She wrote back and had no idea what could have happened. Of course it had never happened to her - she's much smarter than that. I did a lot of internet searching and found a couple of threads but no definitive answer. As soon as I find out exactly what happened I will report it here!
I am also happy to tell you that I was able to clean all the pieces and they seem to have survived the traumatic day. It is now 2:24AM and I need to put the issue and myself to bed!
The following link was very helpful to guide me in cleaning my steel shot. How to Clean Stainless Steel Shot
I started my journey into jewelry making in 2005 while I was working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an area inundated with amazing artisans. I started with glass, which led to silver, which led to inlay, which led to joy.