Monday, 3 June 2013

Perfecting Your Polish!

To ensure you get the perfect finish on your pieces, let Kernowcraft guide you through the process with our essential polishing supplies.

Wet & dry

Start the process with wet & dry sanding sheets. Use these high quality, waterproof papers to clean metal, remove scratches and get a fine surface ready for polishing. For best results work down through the grades from coarse to fine.
Garryflex Sanding Blocks are really handy - made from a resilient rubber impregnated throughout with abrasives they are perfect for gentle sanding of gold and silver. The fine grade is ideal for a pre-polish finish or creating a satin finish. The texture of these blocks are such that you can cut them into smaller pieces or shapes using a craft knife for those areas that are harder to reach when sanding.
Sanding sticks are great - you can use our sanding sheets to make your own sanding sticks or save yourself a job with our set of 8sanding and polishing sticks - these have sanding or polishing paper on all four sides for ease of sanding.

Safety first

Don’t forget to protect your fingers while you work – try Alligator tape! But don’t worry, it isn’t made from real alligators. Alligator Skin fingerprotection tape is a clever self-adhering fabric tape that will protect your fingers from minor cuts, abrasions and burns. The tape is thin and flexible, the clever part is it only sticks to itself leaving no sticky residue, won`t stick to clothing or hair and is easy to remove.

Shine on

Follow with polishing papers which are excellent for gaining a high sheen on metals if you don`t have power tools for polishing. Use these cloth-like papers after sanding sheets to polish your metal to a high sheen by simply working down through the coloured grades, changing the direction you are working in after each grade. Ideal for using with metal clay as they`re great for getting into awkward spaces. Finally finish and look after your pieces with a jewellery polishing cloth.

Power polish

If it is time to invest in some tools for polishing, our mops, wheels and points can be used with the Dremel 3000 Multi Tool - but don’t forget that if you are using tripoli and rouge then you will need a separate mop for each type of polish. Alternatively our silicon polishing wheels are impregnated with silicon carbide abrasives and produce excellent results. First select your mandrel and then your grade of cylinder or wheel.

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