My etsy shop <DixSterling> made several sales lately (Christmas shoppers, I think) so I am restocking my "shelves" this month. I thought I would share the process for this pair of earrings I finished and listed yesterday.
Simple = Sanding
This is a simple, clean design. Pieces with a lot happening (texture, stones, etc.) may not show a tiny rough spot but these certainly do. That means . . .
. . . sanding and sanding. Grits, in order, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200. You work the first across the piece, the second at right angles, third, same as first, etc. It takes time and is followed with a lot of fine polishing. For that, I use 3M discs, then jewellers' rouge and, finally, a buffing cloth. Not all creative work is actually creative!
Pieces of sandpaper in use are wrapped around paint stir sticks but any jeweler has to have several sheets of each grade on standby. I used to be frustrated by the way, kept in a drawer, the sheets tended to curl. I finally came up with this solution:
I store them sandwiched between two pieces of pine shelving atop a cabinet beside my bench. When I need a new sheet, out it comes nice and flat and easier to wrap tightly around a stick.
I will close today's blog with the words of B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry: be calm, be kind, be safe.