How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

Annette K. Brown


There are lots of techniques to insert texture to your jewelry – burrs, files and waxes are examples of procedures that incorporate deep and pronounced texture to once plain surfaces.

Here we are likely to show you a handful of rapid and easy strategies to insert texture using a assortment of sprucing tools, together with our favourite the Garryflex.

Phase 1:

To display illustrations of a few diverse textures we have reduce out triangles to make into blend and match studs.

Mark out the size of your triangles onto the steel using a scribe. Minimize out applying your piercing noticed, sawing on the outside of the line to leave home for submitting or sanding afterwards. Also, try to remember to keep that blade lubricated! We advise having a block of wax screwed to your bench, quick to hand, to make sure your blade stays lubricated.


You require to give by yourself a superior clean up tidy base to do the job with, texture will not disguise any marks or scratches and can emphasize them even a lot more. If you cut corners you will have to go again and repair it later on, so it’s better to get it right at this phase to prevent going again and starting all more than once again!

Function by way of the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At every single stage guarantee all your scratches have long gone from the preceding grit right before relocating on to the following. If you have items that are the similar dimension, sandwich all the things collectively with a tiny quantity of superglue and sand the edges all at when to conserve time

5 metal triangles stacked on top of each other

Action 2:

Now it is time to texture. Right here are just a few of the numerous distinct textures you can create…

No 1
Garryflex – coarse

Garryflex is helpful, nonetheless brief and easy to use. Simply just increase texture employing any movement you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have made use of a gentle force with a flicking motion in random instructions to reach 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 begin with, remember to shield you as these frosting wheels can be perilous. Use basic safety goggles and defend your fingers. Keep tiny items in pliers to allow for for a very good grip and maintain your fingers out of harms access (You can also keep your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the total surface area with the frosting wheel applying slow backwards and forwards actions. Up coming, I have included some stripes working with the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Consider and maintain this straight and repeat a pair of moments right up until you get the essential depth to generate 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 provides a attractive matt finish. To give the piece desire use liner movements overlapping in a crisscross pattern.

nylon abrasive wheel next to a matt finish silver triangle

No 4
White extra coarse knife edge rubber wheel

Using the edge of the wheel develop tiny lined divots that go in random instructions and overlap, so the whole floor is stuffed but not far too deeply, just adequate to see the sample. This generates a actually appealing outcome 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 go the wheel in only a person path to produce a wonderful linear and subtle satin end.

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

No 6
Frosting wheel – Environmentally friendly
Covering the complete space, use straight even movements and repeat the process to emphasise the detail even further. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and gives a actually shimmery end

polishing tools in a row

Phase 3:

Soldering the posts
Be certain the backs of the triangles are thoroughly clean, free of charge from grime and finger prints by giving a brief rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to allow the solder to movement conveniently. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and include a small sum of flux to the place in which the submit will be positioned. You can evaluate and mark the point with a scribe or by eye.

Warmth the solder pallions and scoop them onto the posts and then convey the publish more than to the piece, warmth the piece and solder on the submit. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring initial and then include the publish if you want). Quench in water and area in the pickle.

Stage 4:

Last polish
After out of the pickle the backs may want a bit of a cleanse-up. We advocate pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will clean up up properly without harming the clean-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts will need a little bit of attention, best up some textures or lightly polish any spots you would like to “pop” with a delicate 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 quite a few textures you can make working with distinct resources, so have a participate in all around and see what you create. Constantly try to remember to remain safe and sound by sporting the proper PPE – appreciate!

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Author: Zoe Jane Jewellery
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Zoe Jane Jewelry

Loving to experiment and delve into a selection of procedures, I merge both present day and standard methods. These involve missing wax casting, stone in place casting, delft clay casting and the historical artwork of granulation.&#13
Every single person piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the beautiful Essex/Suffolk border, along with my 7 cat helpers.


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