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  • Polishing Silver

    Hi everyone. Feels like I've been away for ages and ages. Hope everybody's doing well and enjoying getting ready for Christmas.

    My silversmith course has now unfortunately come to an end and I can't afford to enrol in the next term. But I have thoroughly enjoyed it and it's definitely something I would like to pursue.

    I think I'd now be able to make simple rings with a setting, bangles & cufflinks by myself at home, perhaps with the help of a good book. However, I've been wondering about how I will be able to polish it without the huge polishing motor in the workshop, which I used on the course. I can't afford even a small one. Are there other ways of polishing silver and get the same high shine? I've been told a barreller will give it a high shine, but if there are any scratches on your silver, it will show up. Can I get away with using a fine emmery stick and then put it in a barreler?

    I can just about afford the ring & bangle mandrels & soldering bits & bobs. I so wish I could go back on the course and my tutor telling me exactly what to do But I suppose the only way I'll really learn is if I just get stuck in.
    Magriet

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  • #2
    I have one of these with a polishing mop on. http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=b...&hl=en&show=dd

    but I tend to use this more. http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=m...&hl=en&show=dd
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    • #3
      Thanks Goldy.

      Er, how do you use the drill to polish then? And the links you've posted have quite a few links on. Which ones in particular do you use?

      I might be a bit out of my depth here...
      Magriet

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      • #4
        my bench grinder was just a cheap one from a discount store. and my mini drill came with lots of different bits including grinding and polishing bits. If your just starting out buy a cheap one then save up for a better one.
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        • #5
          Thank you very much Goldy. That's really helpful
          Magriet

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          • #6
            I think I might go for this one. I made a big bangle which I haven't finished polising yet as I ran out of time. But it would be good to experiment on.
            Magriet

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            • #7
              Hi Babushka

              The barreller will give a high shine but will not remove scratches , so they will show up. The polishing mop will remove some scratches as it will remove material as it works, it will also remove detail if you keep it in the same place for to long.

              The mop is great for rings and bangles but should not be used for chains, as they can catch on the mop and take your fingers with it. So unless you’ve got extra digits to start with it’s not a good move.

              As goldy1 points out any cheep bench grinder can be used just remove the grinding disc and put a mop mandrel on. You need to get the correct one for the end of the grinder you chose to put the mop on. They are handed as the mop has to tighten on the mandrel as you put pressure on it. Put the wrong mandrel on and the mop will fly off.

              Don’t forget to get eye protection and a dust mask as the dust gets everywhere!!

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              • #8
                I use a roll of buff paper on a mandrel on my pendant drill for cleaning scratches. I then polish with my tumbler. As most of my work is textured in some way, this works fine. If I need a high shine though, I always use a polishing mop on my grinder. You can use small mops on a pendant drill to get the same effect.
                Best wishes
                Carole

                www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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                • #9
                  The polishing mop I used at college was a bit slower than a bench grinder so I bought a voltage controller and wired the grinder into this with a rag head on it, is it just my imagination or do polishers go slower than grinders?

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                  • #10
                    I use a cutting compound polish called T-cut, removes the oxidised finish completely after you burn metal in a flame. Its not used for jewellery but hey it works!
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                    • #11
                      If you can afford the extra and are going a hand drill route then try and get one with adjustable speed settings. It's only a few more £££ but will give you much, much more flexibility in what you can do with it.
                      Here's one and it comes with polishing bits
                      http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DREMEL-COMPATI...1%7C240%3A1318

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                      • #12
                        I use a dremel, and got a little bench press for it, which lets me set it to use as a grinder as well.

                        I tumble pretty much everything to finish though.
                        george
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                        • #13
                          I've got the same multi-tool, in the red case.
                          Good for starting out and doing little jobs

                          Think I might upgrade to one of those grinders and put a mop on it, those prices are amazing!
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                          • #14
                            I'd recommend a pendant drill rather than a Dremel (I have both) as you have much more control over the pendant drill which has a foot pedal. If you need to stop quickly for some reason (ie you get it caught up in your jumper or you let go of a ring and it flies around the end of the hand-piece - both of which I've done on numerous occasions) you can take your foot off the pedal. It's much safer. You also have much more control over the speed. I know pendant drills are more expensive but they're worth saving up for.
                            Best wishes
                            Carole

                            www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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