How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

Mark A. Carlson


There are many means to incorporate texture to your jewellery – burrs, information and waxes are illustrations of tactics that incorporate deep and pronounced texture to the moment plain surfaces.

Below we are heading to display you a couple speedy and simple ways to add texture using a range of sprucing tools, like our favorite the Garryflex.

Action 1:

To show examples of a several distinctive textures we have cut out triangles to make into combine and match studs.

Mark out the size of your triangles onto the metallic using a scribe. Slice out employing your piercing noticed, sawing on the exterior of the line to go away space for submitting or sanding later on. Also, remember to continue to keep that blade lubricated! We endorse obtaining a block of wax screwed to your bench, simple to hand, to ensure your blade remains lubricated.


You require to give by yourself a good clear tidy base to operate with, texture will not conceal any marks or scratches and can spotlight them even much more. If you slice corners you will have to go back and correct it afterwards, so it is greater to get it right at this stage to prevent likely again and beginning all over yet again!

Work via the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At every single stage make sure all your scratches have gone from the preceding grit in advance of going onto the following. If you have parts that are the very same sizing, sandwich anything with each other with a modest amount of superglue and sand the edges all at when to help you save time

5 metal triangles stacked on top of each other

Step 2:

Now it is time to texture. Below are just a handful of of the several diverse textures you can create…

No 1
Garryflex – coarse

Garryflex is successful, nonetheless rapid and simple to use. Just insert texture making use of any motion you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have utilised a mild tension with a flicking movement in random directions to accomplish a raw edgy scratched glance.

Garryflex next to a piece of scratched silver triangle

No 2
Frosting wheel – Yellow

Knife edge rubber wheel – Black

First of all, keep in mind to defend oneself as these frosting wheels can be risky. Wear basic safety goggles and shield your fingers. Maintain little items in pliers to make it possible for for a great grip and hold your fingers out of harms attain (You can also keep your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the total area with the frosting wheel working with slow backwards and forwards movements. Future, I have added some stripes employing the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Check out and continue to keep this straight and repeat a few of periods until you get the expected depth to create a beautiful contrast between 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 wonderful matt complete. To give the piece desire use liner movements overlapping in a crisscross sample.

nylon abrasive wheel next to a matt finish silver triangle

No 4
White added coarse knife edge rubber wheel

Employing the edge of the wheel build little lined divots that go in random directions and overlap, so the complete area is filled but not way too deeply, just ample to see the sample. This produces a truly intriguing influence with extra 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

Just shift the wheel in only a single path to create a charming linear and delicate satin finish.

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

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

polishing tools in a row

Step 3:

Soldering the posts
Ensure the backs of the triangles are cleanse, no cost from filth and finger prints by providing a fast rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to let the solder to stream very easily. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and insert a modest volume of flux to the spot in which the publish will be placed. You can evaluate and mark the issue with a scribe or by eye.

Heat the solder pallions and scoop them onto the posts and then provide the publish over to the piece, warmth the piece and solder on the write-up. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring initial and then include the put up if you desire). Quench in h2o and location in the pickle.

Move 4:

Ultimate polish
The moment out of the pickle the backs may well require a bit of a clean up-up. We advocate pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will thoroughly clean up nicely devoid of damaging the cleanse-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts will need a little bit of awareness, top up some textures or frivolously polish any areas you would like to “pop” with a tender wool mop and rouge

soft wool mop being used on a stud earring

And there you have some little textured studs to combine and match. There is so many textures you can make using various applications, so have a perform all over and see what you create. Constantly keep in mind to stay risk-free by sporting the appropriate PPE – enjoy!

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Author: Zoe Jane Jewellery
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Zoe Jane Jewellery

Loving to experiment and delve into a assortment of procedures, I mix each modern and standard strategies. These consist of dropped wax casting, stone in location casting, delft clay casting and the historic artwork of granulation.&#13
Each and every personal piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the beautiful Essex/Suffolk border, alongside my 7 cat helpers.


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