How To Make River Rocks Shiny With Oil

How To Make River Rocks Shiny With Oil

River rocks and beach pebbles look beautiful when wet but dull when dry. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to give your gathered rocks that shiny wet look with a natural oil finish.


How To Make River Rocks Shiny With Oil

You’ll need:

  • gathered river rocks, beach pebbles, sea glass or sea shells
  • oil*

* I used jojoba oil. Jojoba oil, which is actually a liquid wax, doesn’t become rancid like other vegetable oils.

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Wash the rocks with soap and water and let them dry. Then oil the river rocks with jojoba oil or cooking oil to give them back their wet look. After some minutes wipe off excess oil.

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Now the river rocks are more colorful and shiny.

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After some weeks or month it’s usually necessary to re-oil the stones.

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And if you decide later that you don’t want shiny river rocks, just wash off the oil with soap and water!


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24 thoughts on “How To Make River Rocks Shiny With Oil

    1. Yes, the oil makes sea glass see-through and brings out the color, it’s no longer matte or whitish frosted. The little piece of green sea glass in the pictures has an oil finish.

  1. What a clever tip, thanks. Would it be possible to add a drop or two of scented oil ? I’m imagining them helping to make a room smell nice – do you think that would work?

  2. Thanks so much for the tip! I’m going to do this! Pinned to share. You will be one of my features this week on Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make Link Party today!

    1. I have tried baby oil but it only lasts for a few days; quickly soaks into the stones and the dry look is back. Definitely going to give the jojoba oil a try.

  3. OMG! thank you so much i was about to get a tumbler! that is super expecive! but i saw this and this helped sooo much i love how my rocks turned out! THANK YOU! that is such a good idea! and also are there any oils that would not work for this?

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