I am not an expert on bone, but grew up among excellent craftsmen. I
don’t know of any special machinery or compounds for finishing bone,
but I’m guessing there has to be something at least in mass
production. Anyway, if you’re going to be doing this on your own in
your own workshop, I might have something for you.
The craftsmen I know achieve a polished finish by hand-sanding, then
using pieces of leather and cloth until they’ve got what they want.
From what I remember, there is no machinery used in the finishing of
bone parts or objects: bone is an organic material and very porous,
and therefore any polishing compound such as we use for metal would
probably just make it look spotty. There is also the surface
friction to consider: I’ve never tried, but the speed we use with
metals could even leave burn marks on bone (although this
hypothetical, I might be wrong).
I don’t know about your previous experience with different jewellery
materials, but bone is very different from metal and needs a bit
different approach in any case. Especially if you set up to do
something unique and showy, you need to get familiar with the
material first and then start working on the actual piece. Anyway, I
hope you find a way of finishing that works for you! And hope that I
didn’t wholly misunderstand your question.
I’m new on Ganoksin, so hello to all from Finland! I’ve enjoyed your
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