So I’m finishing a sterling silver ring and trying to give it a
matte finish. I’m able to reach the finish I like but keeping the
finish is the problem as it is easily scratched. Well, I shouldn’t
say scratched because what it actually looks like is that the matte
finish has been “burnished” or easily marked by normal everyday use.
Do I need to harden sterling to give it a proper long lasting finish
and if so how do I go about that (I have only a torch, mill,
hammers)? Would anyone care to share how they matte finish their
jewelry? I am interested in the more silky matte to rougher (sand
blasted) types of finishes on sterling rather than the mirror or
high polished finish.
Thanks to all,
St. Louis, MO