Jewelry making process Part 2
I am introducing how to make my jewelry here.
The steps before the edge-filing process were described in my previous article.
After filing the edge, I used pieces of sandpaper to make it smoother and
polish the small gap where the file can't reach.
I use a file point with a small strip of sandpaper.
Then I changed the drill bit to a silicon pointer, and polished the edge.
By the way, this small motor is almost the same machine as a dentist uses.
This small silicon pointer is made in Japan.
I can't find such a small size in the US so easily so I brought a bunch of them from Japan.
When these run out, I have to cut and shape big one as I want.
With this process, the edge also gets shiny.
Then I sanded both surfaces with a grid of 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000.
At each level, I check if I can see the previous lines.
If I haven't sanded enough, I can see the satin lines
because I change the polishing angle for each sheet.
After the 2000 grid,
it's shiny but you can see the satin line.
I switched from a silicon pointer to a felt buff and polished the surfaces with compounder.
The Buff wheel spins very fast, causing the compounder to splash out,
so I wear a paper bib, mask and goggles.
I look like really dentist now.
I check the surface several times to see if there is any unpolished part.
After polishing, I washed with soap,
and removed any sticking compounder with thread, using it like floss.
In most cases, I ask for plating in a long-lasting color.
But for this one, I'm curious about what it looks like after it changes color.
This is brass so after a while, it gets dark yellow gold or brownish yellow gold color.
Then it would be like a freshly baked pretzel?
This will be listed on my website soon!