I created some rings with a “brushed” look by loading a split
mandrel with 220 grit sandpaper, clamping the flex shaft (with the
mandrel) unto a vise so the flex shaft is horizontal, and pressed the
rings unto the rotating sandpaper-loaded mandrel.
I like the brushed look this gives, but the scratches kind of give
the rings a “cloudy” appearance and thus make it seem unfinished in
someway. I guess my questions are:
-What is this cloudiness I am seeing?
Is it just the scratches/matte appearance from the sandpaper? Is it
an issues of not enough polishing before or after the treatment?
-What do I do after the brush treatment?
How can I make it look more finished? Do I used red rouge/other
polishing compound afterwards? I used renaissance wax directly after
the 220 grit treatment. but I feel like I am skipping something…
-Is there a better way to apply a brushed look than my sandpaper
I did try some fiber wheel on the flex shaft, and while the fiber
wheel gives a shinier and more polished look, the “brushmarks” are
less regulated and quite uneven. maybe my technique is wrong? or is
that the nature of the fiber wheel?
-Any resources / tips I can read up on metal polishing / sanding /
finishing, specifically for brushed finish?
I don’t seem to have that good of a grasp on the topic. I already
have Jinks McGrath’s The Jeweler’s Directory of Decorative Finishes
and The Theory and Practice of Goldsmithing (Brepohl), but neither
breaks it down for me step by step and explain when to do what–
specifically, what should be done after the brush treatment.