How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

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There are quite a few methods to add texture to your jewelry – burrs, documents and waxes are examples of approaches that add deep and pronounced texture to after plain surfaces.

Below we are going to present you a couple rapid and simple strategies to include texture applying a range of sharpening resources, which includes our favourite the Garryflex.

Phase 1:

To show illustrations of a couple unique textures we have minimize out triangles to make into mix and match studs.

Mark out the dimension of your triangles onto the metallic using a scribe. Minimize out making use of your piercing saw, sawing on the outside of the line to go away home for filing or sanding afterwards. Also, remember to maintain that blade lubricated! We endorse possessing a block of wax screwed to your bench, uncomplicated to hand, to assure your blade stays lubricated.


You want to give your self a good clear tidy base to perform with, texture will not conceal any marks or scratches and can highlight them even additional. If you reduce corners you will have to go again and take care of it later on, so it is improved to get it right at this stage to keep away from going back again and starting all above again!

Do the job through the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At every stage assure all your scratches have gone from the preceding grit just before moving onto the next. If you have parts that are the very same measurement, sandwich everything jointly with a tiny quantity of superglue and sand the edges all at once to save time

5 metal triangles stacked on top of each other

Stage 2:

Now it is time to texture. Listed here are just a couple of of the several various textures you can create…

No 1
Garryflex – coarse

Garryflex is powerful, still rapid and straightforward to use. Basically increase texture working with any motion you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have utilised a mild stress with a flicking motion in random directions to attain a raw edgy scratched seem.

Garryflex next to a piece of scratched silver triangle

No 2
Frosting wheel – Yellow

Knife edge rubber wheel – Black

To start with, bear in mind to protect oneself as these frosting wheels can be harmful. Use protection goggles and protect your fingers. Hold smaller items in pliers to allow for a good grip and continue to keep your fingers out of harms get to (You can also maintain your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the entire floor with the frosting wheel making use of gradual backwards and forwards movements. Following, I have additional some stripes applying the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Check out and maintain this straight and repeat a few of times until you get the necessary depth to generate a beautiful contrast amongst the stripes and the shimmery texture.

knife edge rubber wheel being used on a clamped piece of silver

No 3
Nylon Abrasive wheel

Nylon Abrasive wheels presents a pretty matt end. To give the piece interest use liner movements overlapping in a crisscross sample.

nylon abrasive wheel next to a matt finish silver triangle

No 4
White extra coarse knife edge rubber wheel

Employing the edge of the wheel make minor lined divots that go in random instructions and overlap, so the complete area is crammed but not much too deeply, just more than enough to see the pattern. This results in a actually fascinating outcome with included depth.

shows the edge of the white xtra course knife edge rubber wheel being used in random line movements

No 5
Matt finishing abrasive wheel

Basically transfer the wheel in only just one path to build a wonderful linear and delicate satin end.

shows a matt finishing abrasive wheel next to a matt silver triangle

No 6
Frosting wheel – Eco-friendly
Masking the complete location, use straight even movements and repeat the approach to emphasise the detail further. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and provides a truly shimmery finish

polishing tools in a row

Stage 3:

Soldering the posts
Guarantee the backs of the triangles are clean, absolutely free from filth and finger prints by offering a fast rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to enable the solder to circulation simply. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and increase a small sum of flux to the spot in which the post will be placed. You can measure and mark the point with a scribe or by eye.

Warmth the solder pallions and scoop them on to the posts and then bring the put up about to the piece, warmth the piece and solder on the submit. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring very first and then add the put up if you desire). Quench in h2o and put in the pickle.

Phase 4:

Last polish
After out of the pickle the backs may perhaps require a bit of a cleanse-up. We recommend pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will thoroughly clean up nicely without having harming the cleanse-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts will need a little bit of focus, best up some textures or frivolously polish any spots you would like to “pop” with a soft wool mop and rouge

soft wool mop being used on a stud earring

And there you have some minor textured studs to mix and match. There is so several textures you can make applying various equipment, so have a perform about and see what you produce. Generally don’t forget to keep harmless by sporting the correct PPE – love!

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Author: Zoe Jane Jewellery
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Zoe Jane Jewellery

Loving to experiment and delve into a variety of processes, I merge the two modern-day and classic procedures. These incorporate lost wax casting, stone in location casting, delft clay casting and the ancient art of granulation.&#13
Each individual piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the gorgeous Essex/Suffolk border, together with my 7 cat helpers.

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