An easy way to clean up stainless steel tumbling media pins

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several months ago I posted my procedure for cleaning brass using the “wet tumbling method.” Basically you throw brass, water, stainless steel media pins, detergent and a dash of Lemishine into a rock tumbler and come back an hour or two later.

The biggest downside to me is separating the pins and the brass. I use a fine mesh strainer to catch most of the pins, but sometimes some sneak through. I also lose a few randomly when rinsing the strainer full of pins and brass.

I used to get nervous about having a few pins in the sink and would pick them out one by one right away. Then I realized they weren’t getting washed into the drain, so I left them there until they piled up.

I started to pick them up one at a time again and figured there was a better way.

You probably figured this out already, but using a magnet and a thin towel can make picking up stainless steel pins a snap.

Basically you wrap a paper towel or thin towel around a strong magnet. In my case, I used a level with a magnet inside. The magnet sticks to nails in your studs, which helps you find studs in your walls for hanging shit.

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Run the magnet inside your sink. The pins will stick to the magnet.

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Place the magnet over (but not too close) to your tumbler drum, and slowly pull the towel away. The pins will fall right into your tumbler.

Yes, this is dumb, and yes I am sure you thought of it already, but this saved me some frustration and a little bit of time. I hope you find this tip useful when you are tumbling your spent brass.

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