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The Kitiki Rotary Tumbler Kit 1
Kitiki Rotary Tumbler Kit 1

The Kitiki Rotary Tumbler Kit 1 is a home, hobby, occasional-use kit, ideal for Art Clay and PMC metal clays, jewellery, and silver. It consists of an electric motor base, a 700gm plastic barrel, 500gms of mixed stainless steel shot and shapes, and 200gms of barrelling compound to keep the drum clean.

The CE-marked fully-enclosed motor is rated at 230V 15W, so can use a regular mains socket. Since the tumbler uses less power than a fridge bulb, the cost of using it is about a penny a day. It measures 143mm x 122mm x 205mm, weighs about 2kg, and comes with a 1.8 metre cable ending in a UK plug.

The plastic barrel revolves on two rollers; the drum lid has a push-fit seal; the tumbler body has plastic edges to stop it creeping across the worktop; and the roller end-stops keep the drum on the rollers. The drive belt is soft neoprene.

As you can see in the photo, the 700gm drum uses the full width of the tumbler body, so you can't use a larger drum or two smaller drums. This size drum is often called a half-size or 1.5lb drum.

If you're concerned that a plastic drum will be noisy, or fiddley to open and close, The Kitiki Rotary Tumbler Kit 1 is also available with a 510gm rubber drum. The rubber drum has an inner metal lid, a rubber sealing ring, a metal outer lid, and a retaining threaded collar.

Although Kit 1 includes 500gms of stainless steel shot, enough to tumble a few items, the drum is large enough to hold 1000gms: better and quicker.

If you want to do shot-tumbling and grit-tumbling, you should use two barrels: marked so that you don't mixed them up. One stray grit particle caught in the drum will scratch your shot-tumbled work: the scratches are quite hard to remove.

To make sure that the instructions are always up-to-date, we don't put anything in the box. The latest version is free, and can be printed here, using the instructions link below the menu bar near the top of the page.


To look at a larger photo, hold your mouse over the zoom button below. The photo is 480px x 360px and about 60KB so, if you're not on broadband, it'll take a short while to download.

Kitiki Rotary Tumbler Kit 1.


Plastic drum lids need to stand in hot water to make them easier to push on. To free the lids, the whole drum needs to stand in hot water. There's a slight risk that, as you pull the lid off, you'll spill your work, shot or grit, and soapy water.

Rubber drums use a different lid mechanism: at one end there's an inner metal lid, a rubber sealing ring, a metal outer lid, and a retaining threaded collar. They're easier to work with than plastic drums, and much quieter in use: important if you work in the same room.

The stainless steel shot, included in some of the rotary tumbler kits, is actually a mix of shapes, such as pins, planetoids, and spheres, designed to deal with the range of contours on jewellery.

Although the shot is 100% stainless steel, always leave it immersed in the tumbler mix of water and cleaner, or rinse it and dry it carefully. If you need to replace the shot, don't economise and buy plain or mixed steel: it'll soon rust, make a mess, and ruin your work.

Grit is the generic name for the abrasive particles used to grind and polish. Generally, it's graded silicon carbide: an angular, hard, sharp, material which fractures into smaller angular particles, making it an effective abrasive.

Grit sizes are confusing, for example: 400 grit particles are not twice the size or half the size of 200 grit particles. You'll soon learn which grit to use for different materials, shapes, and finishes.

A silicon lubricant is used during the manufacture of rubber drums. Before use, clean the drum with a scouring pad and some washing-up liquid.


These products are in the on-line shop, so use the shop link below the menu bar near the top of the page. Alternatively, visit the Cherry Heaven Shop in Corfe Castle village.


Cherry Heaven is an EU distributor for Paragon Kilns made in the US, Advance Kilns made in Canada, Efco Kilns made in Germany, Kitiki Mini-Kilns made in Turkey, and UltraLite Kilns made in the US.

Cherry Heaven is a UK distributor for Art Clay made by Aida Chemical Industries in Japan and BronzClay made in the US, and an EU distributor for AccentGold For Silver paint and Metal Clay Veneer, both made in the US.