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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
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.
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 tapeis 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.
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.
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.