Polishing like the Pros September 24 2018
When I started stamping it was a complete mystery how jewelers went from a piece of metal that looked as if it had been run over in a gravel driveway to a beautiful mirror finish. I dove into Etsy forums and Youtube tutorials and found one of the most common jeweler's tools, the flex shaft. Very similar to a Dremel (I started with a Dremel myself) this a rotary tool allows for several different abrasive and polishing tips to mount to it. So many that it becomes a task in itself finding those that work best most efficiently for you.
Here is what I have found to work for me:
1. Silicone Tips: These come in a variety of grits and will buff out scratches in a jiffy. For gold fill, I only use the non-abrasive tips as the abrasive sort will actually take the layer of gold off the surface.
2. Felt Buffing Wheel: Used with a rouge (polishing compound) these are a magic last step. The shine they bring about is glorious, truly a mirror finish. Will make every piece of your jewelry a star.
3. Sand Paper: Yep, a strip of sand paper can also be used to take out scratches. The process also involves going from a courser to finer grit, and honestly I use this method infrequently. The polishing tips seem to be a bit easier for me.
4. Fiber Wheels: These guys add a really nice soft texture to your metal. This is what I use to create our brushed finish.
Whether you are a novice or experience jewelry maker, or just a curious client I hope you enjoyed the info!
And no, that is not me in the video. But doesn't she have a lovely accent?