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[Enamel Bits] Finishing


#1

Juliet-Do you use the finishing cloths instead of steel wool on the
enamels? Or merely as the final finish? I will be returning to enameling
soon and I need all the advice I can get.

Actually, I hate steel wool because it gets all over the place, into my
skin and contaminates my sweeps drawer big time. I use the cloths after I
have finished stoning my enamels down to 600 grit with Tri-M-ite wet/dry
paper for the final stages of hand polising. I must admit steel wool is
great on wax carvings, though.

Juliet


#2

Actually, I hate steel wool because it gets all over the place, into my
skin and contaminates my sweeps drawer big time. Juliet

G’day Juliet; To get steel out of your sweeps, go to your local tool
store and buy a small cylindrical magnet. Before you go over your sweeps
etc with it, put it in a polythene bag or wrap it in a piece of paper.
That way you won’t have a big hassle trying to get the bits of steel wool
off the magnet when you have got it all out of the sweeps. Cheers,

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#3

HI!

When I was learning Cloisonne’, steel wool was forbidden to even be on the
premises! If any of it floats around, it can land in your transparent
enamels and totally ruin them. Pat