Best techniques for cleaning up tiny metal swirls and the even
tinier spaces in between?
Since I know there are a lot of experts with a lot of bench
experience here, I would love to get your advice before I proceed. I
hand carved a ring out of wax with a scrollwork design of tiny
swirls and spirals flowing through the design. The space in between
the spirals is pierced all the way through. I’ve now cast the first
proto in sterling, and wanted to clean it up a bit in between the
scrollwork as there are a few spots that need filing, evening out,
shaping etc. Besides micro diamond files, does anyone have any
special techniques to make this run more smoothly? I got as far as I
could get in the wax model without starting to break off the tiny
swirls, so I would like to be able to clean it up in it’s metal
form, since it’s stronger, and then cast production from there.
The spaces are really small and I’m a little leary of tackling them
with a drill bit. If micro files are the answer, can anyone
recommend the tiniest and strongest ones on the market? Mine are
horrible and rusted out (the joys of living on an island surrounded
by salt water and humidity!).
Many thanks in advance for your advice,