How to Make Rock Polish

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If you collect colorful and interesting rocks, it may interest you to know that rocks have a hidden brilliance that can only be brought out by using a rock polisher. Rock polishers grind away the surface of coarse rocks in varying degrees, ultimately transforming them into smooth, vibrant stones. Display your collection of shiny stones as a conversation starter, decorative home accents or simply for the joy they bring you and others.

Things You'll Need

  • Rock polisher
  • Funnel
  • 1/2 cup coarse sand
  • Fine strainer
  • 1/2 cup medium-coarse sand
  • 1/2 cup fine sand
  • Towel
  • Take the barrel off of a rock polisher and place a funnel into the opening. Pour in 1/2 cup of coarse sand, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of rocks. Place the barrel back onto the rock polisher and run the polisher for one week. The coarse sand will remove major areas of roughness from the rocks.

  • Pour the contents of the barrel through the fine strainer and rinse off the rocks with water.

  • Place the funnel back into the opening of the rock polisher barrel and pour in 1/2 cup of medium-coarse sand, 1 cup of water and the rocks. Place the barrel back onto the rock polisher and run the polisher for another week. The medium-coarse sand will smooth down the surface to make the rocks rounded.

  • Pour the contents of the barrel through the fine strainer and rinse off the rocks with water.

  • Place the funnel back into the opening of the rock polisher barrel and pour in 1/2 cup of fine sand, 1 cup of water and the rocks. Place the barrel back onto the rock polisher and run the polisher for a final week. The fine sand will polish the round rocks to appear shiny and glossy.

  • Pour the contents of the barrel through the fine strainer and rinse off the rocks with water. Pour the rocks onto a towel to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rock polishers can be very loud.

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