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Chia seeds as tumbler media

By Vin-bot

11 months ago


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    #1 11 months ago

    I am thinking about using a tumbler media since it’s hard to find walnut shells where I live and paying $50,- shipping for buying online is a bit steep..

    I have a bag of walnut shells, but unfortunately it’s a bag with a fine mesh.

    I was just wondering if anyone tried alternatives to walnut shells and had succes with it.

    I thought chia seeds might be a good alternative (even to mix in with the fine walnut mesh

    #2 11 months ago

    Buy walnut bedding material for reptiles. It's the same thing as walnut shell media for cleaning ammo, jut priced lower because it's for pet industry.

    #3 11 months ago

    Ditto. Go to a petco and pick up a bag

    #4 11 months ago

    Chia seeds are digestible, I don't think they would make good tumbler media. Plus one for the reptile bedding.

    #5 11 months ago

    Here's a link to all of the options available on Amazon. Look for one that'll be a the right thickness (coarse) for your needs.
    amazon.com link »

    #6 11 months ago

    I looked at the Amazon link.. man, they charge couple hundred $ in shipping to Australia, so that’s not a option.

    I searched local pet stores and they don’t seem to sell walnut shells bedding or litter.

    #7 11 months ago
    Quoted from Vin-bot:

    I looked at the Amazon link.. man, they charge couple hundred $ in shipping to Australia, so that’s not a option.
    I searched local pet stores and they don’t seem to sell walnut shells bedding or litter.

    Have you tried calling a local welding supply?

    #8 11 months ago

    I think the trick is to find something locally sourced that is cheap, dry, and abrasive without being too abrasive. Some people have used corn cobs, but it is relatively soft compared to nut shells.

    Besides walnut shells, are there any other shells locally available? If you're looking to take off lots of rust, try course sand. Not too long though, it may start eating the metal.

    Bottom line, you're going to need to experiment with what's available locally.

    #9 11 months ago

    If those chia seeds absorb any moisture, you're going to have a gooey mess.

    #10 11 months ago
    Quoted from roffels:

    If those chia seeds absorb any moisture, you're going to have a gooey mess.

    mucilaginous

    #11 11 months ago

    You could always try this:
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    They're almost a hard as walnut shells. Skip the milk and berries though.

    #12 11 months ago
    Quoted from bigguybbr:

    Have you tried calling a local welding supply?

    Okay, So I've got to ask. Could you get walnut shells at a weld shop, or some other media to use?

    #13 11 months ago

    No luck.. local welders (steel work shops) do have blasting sand, but that’s obviously not what I’m after.

    I guess I just haven’t settle with using my fine ground walnuts and run the tumbler longer..
    By this I can get all the rust off, just won’t get the parts coming out looking polished like new.

    #14 11 months ago

    This is what things look like after tumbling ..
    I “polish” it by hand and add a tiny bit of carnauba wax on it for protection

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    #15 11 months ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    You could always try this:
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    They're almost a hard as walnut shells. Skip the milk and berries though.

    might be expensive, i don't think they make those anymore.

    #16 11 months ago

    Eat a bunch of pistachios and smash the shells with a hammer.

    #17 11 months ago
    Quoted from Kwaheltrut:

    Eat a bunch of pistachios and smash the shells with a hammer.

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    #18 11 months ago
    Quoted from Vin-bot:

    This is what things look like after tumbling ..
    I “polish” it by hand and add a tiny bit of carnauba wax on it for protection
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    Did you use tumbler additive with the shells? Really helps.

    #19 11 months ago
    Quoted from cooked71:

    Did you use tumbler additive with the shells? Really helps.

    Yep.. I used Brasso metal polish

    I also tried mother’s metal polish, much more expensive but I don’t see any difference in the end result

    #20 11 months ago
    Quoted from Zablon:

    might be expensive, i don't think they make those anymore.

    They still make them. There was a production related shortage for a while.
    https://www.postconsumerbrands.com/news/grape-nuts-cereal-announces-return-date/

    #21 11 months ago

    Why not use play sand? Or just regular sand?

    I know its not ideal, but given the circumstances...

    #22 11 months ago

    Maybe you could try a business that cracks pecans and other nuts and see if they could give away or sell the shells. Those businesses are common around here. I don't know about Australia but I feel that pecans are probably grown there also.

    I know some bullet reloading supply places sell small metal bits for cleaning brass but those may be too abrasive or hard to remove from threads and other materials.

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