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How to hand-polish stone

A beautiful stone found on a beach can be hand-polished to serve as a remembrance of a special vacation spot or summer cottage. Polishing the stone by hand will take time and effort, but will bring out its natural beauty. Large polished stones can serve as bookends or paperweight.

Wash the stone with dish soap, water and a stiff brush and dry thoroughly.

Sand the stone with the 50-grade sandpaper, using circular strokes, for five minutes.

Sand the stone with the 150-grade sandpaper, using circular strokes, for five minutes.

Sand the stone with the 600-grade sandpaper, using circular strokes for five minutes.

Squeeze 6 ml (1 teaspoon) of the powdered polish on to the 1,500-grade sandpaper and sand the stone, using circular strokes, for 10 minutes or until the stone develops a sheen.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Stiff brush
  • 50-grade sandpaper
  • 150-grade sandpaper
  • 600-grade sandpaper
  • 1,500-grade sandpaper
  • Natural stones with no protrusions
  • Small tube of powdered polish
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About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of Spectacularstrolls.com, an online business of self-guided walking tours.