Creating Texture Using Polishing Tools

Who does not like a great texture? There are lots of methods to add texture to your jewellery, and I frequently utilize waxes, files and burrs to include deep and pronounced texture to my work. Here I am going to reveal you a couple of fast and simple methods to include texture utilizing a range of polishing tools and my reliable favourite the Garryflex.

Step 1:

Marking & & SawingMark out your triangles onto the metal utilizing a scribe to whatever size you fancy. Cut out using your piercing saw, sawing on the exterior of the line to leave room for filing or sanding later. Keep in mind to keep that blade lubrictated! I have a great block of wax screwed to my bench, simple to hand.

SandingNow I hear you say, why do we need to sand when we are going to texture anyway?
You need to provide yourself a good clean tidy base to work with, texture will not hide any marks or scratches and can highlight them much more. If you cut corners you will almost constantly have to go back and repair it later, so its far much better to get it right at this stage to prevent going back and beginning all over again! Ask me how I understand?
I work through the emery papers, from 400 grit to 1,200 grit. At each phase ensure all your scratches have gone from the previous grit prior to moving onto the next. When I have pieces the very same size I like to sandwich whatever together with a small quantity of superglue and sand the edges at one time, saving lots of time.

To reveal examples of a couple of various textures I have cut out some triangles to make into little mix and match studs.

Action 2:

No 6Frosting wheel– Green
Covering the whole location, I have actually utilized straight even movements and repeated the process to stress the detail further. This is the coarsest of the icing wheels and offers a really shimmery surface.

Now it is time to texture. Here are simply a few of the numerous various textures you can produce with a variety of tools.

No 3Nylon Abrasive wheel
This offers a charming matt finish. To offer it a little bit of interest I have utilized liner motions overlapping in a crisscross pattern.

No 1Garryflex– coarse
I LOVE Garryflex, so effective, yet quick and easy to utilize. Just add texture utilizing any motion you like, direct, circles or crosshatch. I have used a light pressure with a flicking motion in random instructions to accomplish a raw edgy scratched look.

No 2Frosting wheel– YellowKnife edge rubber wheel– Black
Remember to protect yourself as these frosting wheels can be beasts! Wear safety goggles and protect your fingers. I like to hold my small pieces in pliers to provide an excellent grip and keep my fingers out of damages reach. You can likewise hold your piece in a ring clamp. Texture the entire surface with the frosting wheel using slow up and down movements. Next I have added some cool stripes using the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel Try and keep this straight and repeat a couple of times till you get the needed depth. I enjoy the contrast in between the stripes and the shimmery texture.

No 4White extra coarse knife edge rubber wheel
Utilizing the edge of the wheel I have produced little lined divots that go in random instructions. They are overlapping so the entire surface area is filled however not too deeply, just enough to see the pattern. This develops a truly interesting effect with added depth.

No 5Matt finishing abrasive wheel.
I have kept this one simple by moving the wheel in only one direction to develop a charming linear and subtle satin surface.

Step 3:

Soldering the posts.Ensure the backs of the triangles are all tidy and complimentary from dirt and finger prints by offering a quick rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to enable the solder to stream quickly. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and add a percentage of flux to the location where the post will be put. You can constantly measure and mark the point with a scribe but I would usually do this by eye. I like to heat my solder pallions and scoop them onto my posts and after that bring the post over to the piece, heat the piece and solder on the post. If you choose, you can sweat solder the solder to the earring first and then include the post. Satiate in water and location in the pickle.

Step 4:

And there you have some little textured studs to blend and match. There many textures you can use various tools, so have a play around and see what you produce. Constantly keep in mind to stay safe by using the proper PPE– take pleasure in!

Last polish.Once out of the pickle the backs may need a little bit of a clean-up. I like to utilize a Pink Scotchbrite radial discs which will clean up perfectly without damaging the clean-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts require a little attention you can constantly top up some textures or offer a little light polish to any areas you want to “pop” with a soft wool mop and rouge.

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Written by

Zoe Jane Jewellery

Just add texture using any movement you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. Texture the whole surface with the frosting wheel utilizing slow in reverse and forwards movements. There so many textures you can make utilizing different tools, so have a play around and see what you develop.

There are numerous ways to include texture to your jewellery, and I typically use waxes, burrs and files to add noticable and deep texture to my work. Here I am going to show you a few fast and simple ways to include texture utilizing a variety of polishing tools and my dependable preferred the Garryflex.

Each individual piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the stunning Essex/Suffolk border, together with my 7 feline helpers.

Loving to experiment and explore a variety of processes, I integrate both conventional and modern techniques. These consist of lost wax casting, stone in place casting, delft clay casting and the ancient art of granulation.

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