How To Create Texture Using Polishing Tools

There are several ways to add texture to your jewelry – burrs, files and waxes are illustrations of procedures that increase deep and pronounced texture to once simple surfaces.

Here we are going to present you a several swift and straightforward methods to incorporate texture applying a selection of sprucing resources, such as our favorite the Garryflex.

Step 1:

To display examples of a number of various textures we have slash out triangles to make into mix and match studs.

Mark out the sizing of your triangles on to the metallic working with a scribe. Reduce out making use of your piercing saw, sawing on the outside of the line to go away home for filing or sanding later. Also, try to remember to continue to keep that blade lubricated! We recommend owning a block of wax screwed to your bench, uncomplicated to hand, to make sure your blade stays lubricated.


You require to give you a good clean up tidy foundation to perform with, texture will not hide any marks or scratches and can emphasize them even a lot more. If you lower corners you will have to go back again and take care of it afterwards, so it’s superior to get it appropriate at this stage to steer clear of heading back and starting up all over yet again!

Work via the emery papers, from 150 grit to 1,200 grit. At each and every stage assure all your scratches have long gone from the former grit just before transferring on to the up coming. If you have items that are the very same dimensions, sandwich every little thing together with a tiny sum of superglue and sand the edges all at after to help save time

5 metal triangles stacked on top of each other

Move 2:

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

No 1
Garryflex – coarse

Garryflex is powerful, still fast and easy to use. Basically insert texture applying any motion you like, linear, circles or crosshatch. We have employed a mild tension with a flicking motion in random directions to achieve a raw edgy scratched search.

Garryflex next to a piece of scratched silver triangle

No 2
Frosting wheel – Yellow

Knife edge rubber wheel – Black

To begin with, bear in mind to safeguard oneself as these frosting wheels can be harmful. Dress in safety goggles and secure your fingers. Maintain modest pieces in pliers to allow for a superior grip and keep your fingers out of harms arrive at (You can also maintain your piece in a ring clamp). Texture the entire floor with the frosting wheel employing gradual backwards and forwards movements. Upcoming, I have included some stripes making use of the coarse black knife edge rubber wheel. Consider and hold this straight and repeat a pair of instances until finally you get the necessary depth to produce a gorgeous contrast among 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 lovely matt complete. To give the piece desire use liner actions overlapping in a crisscross sample.

nylon abrasive wheel next to a matt finish silver triangle

No 4
White added coarse knife edge rubber wheel

Using the edge of the wheel generate minor lined divots that go in random instructions and overlap, so the complete area is crammed but not way too deeply, just ample to see the sample. This creates a truly attention-grabbing 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

Merely shift the wheel in only one particular route to generate a beautiful linear and refined satin end.

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

No 6
Frosting wheel – Environmentally friendly
Masking the entire space, use straight even actions and repeat the procedure to emphasise the element further. This is the coarsest of the frosting wheels and gives a genuinely shimmery finish

polishing tools in a row

Phase 3:

Soldering the posts
Guarantee the backs of the triangles are clean up, cost-free from dust and finger prints by offering a quick rub with 1,200 grit emery paper to permit the solder to stream very easily. Line up your triangles on your soldering block and add a modest amount of money of flux to the region where by the put 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 bring the submit over to the piece, warmth the piece and solder on the submit. (You can also sweat solder the solder to the earring first and then include the post if you prefer). Quench in water and area in the pickle.

Step 4:

Remaining polish
Once out of the pickle the backs might need to have a bit of a clean-up. We propose pink scotchbrite radial discs, which will clean up up nicely without the need of harming the clean up-up you did prior to pickling. If the fronts require a bit of consideration, prime up some textures or frivolously polish any spots you would like to “pop” with a smooth 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 quite a few textures you can make utilizing different resources, so have a perform about and see what you generate. Often remember to remain safe by carrying the correct PPE – get pleasure from!

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Author: Zoe Jane Jewellery
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Zoe Jane Jewelry

Loving to experiment and delve into a range of processes, I merge both of those modern day and standard tactics. These consist of shed wax casting, stone in put casting, delft clay casting and the historic art of granulation.&#13
Each specific piece is personally handmade by me in my studio on the beautiful Essex/Suffolk border, along with my 7 cat helpers.