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Polished Sea-Beans

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Sea-beans can be polished to a high gloss by using rotary or vibratory tumblers or manually by hand sanding with sandpaper. These two links will take you to pages within this website and will provide you with detailed guidance on these two methods of polishing sea-beans.

How to polish sea-beans by tumbling

How to polish sea-beans by hand sanding

Alternative methods (not detailed on this website) may use a Dremel tool with various attachments or a Cabochon machine. Using a Dremel is a slow one-bean-at-a-time process. Cabochon machines are very expensive and cumbersome, especially if you have limited space.

Sea Heart BEFORE polishing
before polishing
Entada gigas

Seahearts have historically been the sea-bean of choice for polishing. They have a hard outer shell and deep mahogany color.

With the proper effort, and a lot of patience, they take on a high lustre shine.
Sea Heart AFTER  polishing
after polishing




Hand polished by Bill Blazek
Photo by Charles Mosolf
Manicaria saccifera

Golfballs or Sea Coconuts are one of the more commonly stranded sea-beans.

With patient hand-sanding (they don't fit in tumblers!) they can take on very high shine in a multitude of interesting and beautiful colors and patterns.

Hand polished by Bill Blazek
Photo by Charles Mosolf




Jamaican Navel Spurge, Omphalea diandra
Hand polished by Bill Blazek
Photo by Charles Mosolf

Laurelwood, Calophyllum calaba
Hand polished by Bill Blazek
Photo by Charles Mosolf

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