How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

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Who does not like a great texture? There are numerous ways to include texture to your jewellery, and I frequently use burrs, files and waxes to include pronounced and deep texture to my work. Here I am going to show you a few quick and simple methods to add texture using a series of polishing tools and my dependable preferred the Garryflex.

Action 1:

SandingNow I hear you say, why do we need to sand when we are going to texture anyhow?
You need to give yourself a great clean neat base to work with, texture will not hide any scratches or marks and can highlight them even more. If you cut corners you will often need to go back and repair it later, so its far much better to get it right at this phase to avoid going back and starting all over again! Ask me how I know?
I resolve the emery documents, from 400 grit to 1,200 grit. At each stage make sure all your scratches have gone from the previous grit before moving onto the next. When I have pieces the very same size I like to sandwich everything together with a little quantity of superglue and sand the edges at one time, saving lots of time.

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

Marking & & SawingMark out your triangles onto the metal using a scribe to whatever size you expensive. Cut out using your piercing saw, sawing on the outside of the line to leave room for filing or sanding later. Also remember to keep that blade lubrictated! I have a nice block of wax screwed to my bench, simple to hand.

Action 2:

Now it is time to texture. Here are just a few of the many different textures you can develop with a variety of tools.

No 3Nylon Abrasive wheel
This gives a charming matt finish. To give it a little interest I have utilized liner movements overlapping in a crisscross pattern.

No 2Frosting wheel– YellowKnife edge rubber wheel– Black
Keep in mind to safeguard yourself as these frosting wheels can be beasts! Use security goggles and safeguard your fingers. I like to hold my little pieces in pliers to offer an excellent grip and keep my fingers out of harms reach. You can also hold your piece in a ring clamp. Texture the whole surface with the frosting wheel using sluggish up and down movements. Next I have added some cool stripes utilizing the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel Try and keep this straight and repeat a couple of times up until you get the required depth. I enjoy the contrast between the stripes and the shimmery texture.

No 1Garryflex– coarse
I LOVE Garryflex, so effective, yet quick and easy to utilize. Simply include texture utilizing any movement you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. I have actually utilized a light pressure with a flicking movement in random instructions to accomplish a raw edgy scratched look.

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

No 6Frosting wheel– Green
Covering the entire location, I have used straight even motions and duplicated the process to emphasise the detail further. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and gives an actually shimmery surface.

No 4White additional coarse knife edge rubber wheel
Using the edge of the wheel I have developed little lined divots that go in random instructions. They are overlapping so the entire surface is filled however not too deeply, simply enough to see the pattern. This develops a truly intriguing result with added depth.

Action 3:

Soldering the postsEnsure the backs of the triangles are all complimentary and tidy from dirt and finger prints by giving a quick rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to enable the solder to stream easily. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and include a small quantity of flux to the area where the post will be placed. You can constantly measure and mark the point with a scribe however I would usually do this by eye. I like to warm 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. You can sweat solder the solder to the earring initially and after that add the post if you prefer. Quench in water and location in the pickle.

Step 4:

Final polishOnce out of the pickle the backs might require a little bit of a clean-up. I like to utilize a Pink Scotchbrite radial discs which will tidy up perfectly without harming the clean-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts require a little attention you can constantly top up some textures or provide a little light polish to any areas you would like to “pop” with a soft wool rouge and mop.

And there you have some little textured studs to mix and match. There so lots of textures you can use various tools, so have a play around and see what you create. Always remember to remain safe by wearing the right PPE– enjoy!

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Written by

Zoe Jane Jewellery

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

There are lots of methods to include texture to your jewellery, and I often use files, waxes and burrs to include noticable and deep texture to my work. Here I am going to reveal you a couple of fast and simple methods to include texture utilizing a variety of polishing tools and my trusty favourite the Garryflex.

Loving to experiment and look into a range of processes, I combine both modern and standard methods. These consist of lost wax casting, stone in place casting, delft clay casting and the ancient art of granulation.

Each specific piece is personally handcrafted by me in my studio on the gorgeous Essex/Suffolk border, along with my 7 feline assistants.

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