How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

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Who doesnt like a great texture? There are lots of methods to include texture to your jewellery, and I frequently utilize burrs, files and waxes to include deep and pronounced texture to my work. Here I am going to show you a couple of fast and easy ways to include texture using a variety of polishing tools and my reliable preferred the Garryflex.

Action 1:

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

Cut out utilizing your piercing saw, sawing on the exterior of the line to leave room for filing or sanding later. I have a good block of wax screwed to my bench, easy to hand.

SandingNow I hear you state, why do we need to sand when we are going to texture anyway?
You need to provide yourself a good clean neat base to work with, texture will not hide any scratches or marks and can highlight them much more. If you cut corners you will usually need to go back and repair it later on, so its far better to get it right at this phase to prevent going back and starting all over once again! Ask me how I know?
I work through the emery documents, from 400 grit to 1,200 grit. At each stage make sure all your scratches have actually gone from the previous grit before moving onto the next. When I have pieces the same size I like to sandwich everything together with a percentage of superglue and sand the edges simultaneously, conserving lots of time.

Step 2:

No 1Garryflex– coarse
I LOVE Garryflex, so reliable, yet quick and simple to utilize. Simply add texture using any motion you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. I have used a light pressure with a flicking movement in random directions to attain a raw edgy scratched appearance.

Now it is time to texture. Here are just a few of the lots of various textures you can create with a variety of tools.

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

No 2Frosting wheel– YellowKnife edge rubber wheel– Black
Keep in mind to secure yourself as these frosting wheels can be beasts! Texture the entire surface area with the icing wheel utilizing sluggish backwards and forwards motions. I like the contrast between the stripes and the shimmery texture.

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

No 6Frosting wheel– Green
Covering the whole location, I have utilized straight even motions and duplicated the process to emphasise the information further. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and offers an actually shimmery finish.

No 4White additional coarse knife edge rubber wheel
Utilizing the edge of the wheel I have produced little lined divots that go in random directions. They are overlapping so the entire surface area is filled however not too deeply, just enough to see the pattern. This produces a truly intriguing result with included depth.

Action 3:

Line up your triangles on your soldering block and add a little amount of flux to the location where the post will be positioned. I like to warm my solder pallions and scoop them onto my posts and then bring the post over to the piece, heat the piece and solder on the post. You can sweat solder the solder to the earring first and then include the post if you prefer.

Step 4:

And there you have some little textured studs to mix and match. There numerous textures you can use different tools, so have a play around and see what you produce. Constantly keep in mind to stay safe by wearing the correct PPE– enjoy!

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

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Zoe Jane Jewellery

Each specific piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the stunning Essex/Suffolk border, along with my 7 cat helpers.

Simply add texture utilizing any motion you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. Texture the whole surface with the icing wheel utilizing sluggish in reverse and forwards motions. There so lots of textures you can make utilizing various tools, so have a play around and see what you produce.

There are lots of ways to include texture to your jewellery, and I often use burrs, waxes and files to include deep and noticable texture to my work. Here I am going to show you a couple of quick and simple ways to add texture using a range of polishing tools and my reliable favourite the Garryflex.

Loving to experiment and explore a variety of procedures, I combine both conventional and modern techniques. These include lost wax casting, stone in location casting, delft clay casting and the ancient art of granulation.

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