This is a question regarding buffing. I’m presently regaining the
expertise in jewelry making that I held 20 years ago, while in
graduate school. Regarding buffing, my problem is that my finished
pieces (silver) have, for want of a better word, “buffer tracks” on
the metal. In other words, rather than a fine, mirror shine surface, I
can see where the buffing wheel went.
I buff with tripoli first, then for the final buffs, I use rouge. I
use the hard felt wheel (about 1/2" wide)rather than the soft layered
wheel because the softer wheel buffs away the areas I want to remain
oxidized with liver of sulphur. Any suggestions?
Secondly, I am looking for a metal that is thin enough to stamp
easily with decorative stampings.
Which gauge would be thick enough to hold shape, yet thin enough
to be curved with the hands if one really tried?
What type of metal would be recommended?
I was considering nickel.
Thank you very much for any suggestions that you might have in mind.
Best Regards, Sara Colburn