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Essential Jewellery Polishing Tools

Essential Jewellery Polishing Tools
03/03/2022

I always say polishing and the tools for polishing is a bit like your favorite pair of jeans, you tend to wear them as much as you can and sometimes even buy the same pair (well in my case I do)

And that is very much the case for me with my polishing tools, after trying different materials and tools in the end I have stuck with the same tools and materials for over four years and they have never let me down! (Unlike those jeans…)

Here is a wee insight into the best tools and materials to start polishing your jewellery!

  1. Dremel/Pendant Motor

If you don’t have the budget to buy a large bench polisher then a dremel or pendant motor is the tool for you. Dremels or pendant motors are a bit of Jack of All Trades tool in the sense they can be used for polishing, engraving, texturing your silver and even stone setting. Buying this tool will not only give you the best start to polishing your jewellery but also let you experiment in other areas.

  1. Rubber Burrs

Rubber burrs were a tool I never realized would be such a game changer for me until I tried them, I usually use a medium rubber burr for quickly softening sharp edges and a extra fine rubber burr to go over the surface of my pieces to help get rid of any scratches. Think of them as little burrs of emory paper which you can use with a dremel/pendant motor.

  1. Emery Paper

Fresh emory paper gives me the same satisfaction as writing in the first page of a notebook! Emery paper is a great tool for jewellers and is in my case the first stage of polishing, usually I stick with grade 500, 1200, 2000 to work on getting a scratch less surface on my pieces.

  1. Mop Heads

The type of mop head you use can yes polish your jewellery but can also do different things at the same time. For example I always use two types of mop heads: a Calico mop head which is great for giving a perfect polish but is also the best mop head to use to quickly get rid of stubborn fire scale. The second is a leather mop head which I have found after using a calico mop if there is any light scratches a leather mop will tend to buff them out really well all while keeping the shine!

  1. Rouges

Rouges can be your best friend and enemy at the same time, for a while I used Luxi Red Rouge and it got everywhere! But you could forgive it as the shine it gave the silver was perfection. I later moved to Luxi Blue and never looked back, it is much better at getting rid of fire scale, much much cleaner and also lasts much longer, I have found very little dust comes off it and my pieces polish a lot quicker with Luxi Blue.

  1. Polish Cloths

The final stage of polishing comes when you buff up your pieces and see it come to life in the polish cloth, for me I have two separate cloths I use for different things, the first plain cloth I use is for getting rid of any excess rouge and before the pieces go into their box I give them one last buff with a town talk polish cloth.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and you found out about some tools and materials which could help you on your polishing journey!

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