How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

There are many ways to insert texture to your jewellery – burrs, documents and waxes are illustrations of techniques that insert deep and pronounced texture to at the time plain surfaces.

Listed here we are heading to exhibit you a several speedy and effortless approaches to include texture making use of a selection of sprucing equipment, such as our favorite the Garryflex.

Action 1:

To demonstrate examples of a number of diverse textures we have lower out triangles to make into mix and match studs.

Mark out the measurement of your triangles on to the metal making use of a scribe. Reduce out utilizing your piercing observed, sawing on the outside of the line to leave place for submitting or sanding afterwards. Also, remember to preserve that blade lubricated! We propose obtaining a block of wax screwed to your bench, quick to hand, to guarantee your blade stays lubricated.


You need to give yourself a great thoroughly clean tidy base to get the job done with, texture will not hide any marks or scratches and can highlight them even a lot more. If you cut corners you will have to go back again and repair it afterwards, so it is far better to get it suitable at this phase to stay away from heading back again and setting up all more than all over again!

Function by the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At each and every stage be certain all your scratches have absent from the prior grit before relocating onto the upcoming. If you have parts that are the very same sizing, sandwich all the things alongside one another with a little amount of superglue and sand the edges all at the moment to conserve time

5 metal triangles stacked on top of each other

Stage 2:

Now it is time to texture. Below are just a few of the quite a few unique textures you can create…

No 1
Garryflex – coarse

Garryflex is effective, nonetheless rapid and easy to use. Basically include texture using any motion you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have utilised a gentle pressure with a flicking movement in random instructions to achieve 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, try to remember to guard your self as these frosting wheels can be perilous. Don safety goggles and shield your fingers. Maintain smaller parts in pliers to enable for a superior grip and maintain your fingers out of harms get to (You can also keep your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the complete area with the frosting wheel working with gradual backwards and forwards actions. Upcoming, I have included some stripes employing the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Consider and hold this straight and repeat a pair of occasions right up until you get the required depth to create a amazing distinction involving 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 offers a charming matt finish. To give the piece fascination use liner movements overlapping in a crisscross sample.

nylon abrasive wheel next to a matt finish silver triangle

No 4
White further coarse knife edge rubber wheel

Using the edge of the wheel create minimal lined divots that go in random directions and overlap, so the complete surface is loaded but not as well deeply, just ample to see the sample. This creates a truly interesting influence with additional depth.

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

No 5
Matt ending abrasive wheel

Only shift the wheel in only a single path to build a charming linear and subtle satin finish.

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

No 6
Frosting wheel – Green
Masking the full location, use straight even movements and repeat the course of action to emphasise the element even further. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and gives a genuinely shimmery finish

polishing tools in a row

Move 3:

Soldering the posts
Be certain the backs of the triangles are clean up, free of charge from dust and finger prints by offering a brief rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to permit the solder to movement conveniently. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and increase a little amount of flux to the place wherever the write-up will be put. You can measure and mark the issue with a scribe or by eye.

Heat the solder pallions and scoop them on to the posts and then deliver the post above to the piece, warmth the piece and solder on the put up. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring initial and then add the publish if you choose). Quench in water and area in the pickle.

Action 4:

Closing polish
The moment out of the pickle the backs could have to have a little bit of a cleanse-up. We endorse pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will clear up nicely without harming the clean up-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts need to have a bit of consideration, prime up some textures or evenly polish any places you would like to “pop” with a comfortable wool mop and rouge

soft wool mop being used on a stud earring

And there you have some minimal textured studs to combine and match. There is so lots of textures you can make utilizing various equipment, so have a play all around and see what you make. Usually remember to continue to be secure by carrying the proper PPE – delight in!

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Author: Zoe Jane Jewellery
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Zoe Jane Jewellery

Loving to experiment and delve into a variety of procedures, I mix both modern and standard tactics. These incorporate lost wax casting, stone in area casting, delft clay casting and the ancient art of granulation.&#13
Each and every person piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the lovely Essex/Suffolk border, along with my 7 cat helpers.