The other family is satin finish, which is linear. There are many
satin finish wheels you can buy, but the old fashioned way is just
to use sandpaper (220 or rougher) carefully so as to get parallel
I happen to like the matte finish very much. I am concerned, though,
that if I put a matte finish on a piece in this way (I've seen the
3m wheels for the flexshaft give an interesting swirly pattern as
well) and the buyer later uses a polishing cloth (or any other
rubbing) to get any tarnish off, that it will change the look of the
matte finish. Is this true?
Also, I bought a piece last night. I have never done this before
(frugal wouldn't even begin to describe me) but I love it very much.
The entire piece (as well as the neckwire) is blackened sterling. Why
doesn't the black come off onto someone's clothing? Has it been
sealed? It doesn't show any evidence of any type of sealant
anywhere.I am looking for a technical explanation as to why the
patina stays on the piece.