How to Make Rock Polish

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Shiny, vibrant rocks can be used as decoration accents, jewelry pieces or as collector's items.
Shiny, vibrant rocks can be used as decoration accents, jewelry pieces or as collector's items. (Image: Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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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