I agree completely with Leonid et al on this point.
Polishing the components, saves time in the long run and gives a
better “fit” prior to soldering. The final polishing (post solder) is
very quick for this I use Hyfin on silver or rouge on gold. Also each
piece is precision made prior to soldering.
Also the metal is “clean” which is necessary for a good solder join.
Personally I get great satisfaction in looking at "finished"
components before I solder them together.
This process really brings out the “qualities” of the metal.
On this point, I was talking to a fellow jeweller regarding the
rubberised disks vs sanding sticks (sand paper wrapped round a piece
I mentioned that the master jewellers/gem setters I know prefer the
sanding sticks, check Leonid’s blog, over the disks. You get greater
control with a sanding stick and a more even finish. He worked on
precision car engines and agreed that this was a better method.
He has used 6,000 grit I will check this source out at the moment I
finish with 3,000 before polishing.
What separates real jewellery from haberdashery is that every
component is individually finished; Educated customers look for a
quality finish, the average customer does not. I like to sell a
quality finish to the average customer in the hope they will learn
something. Also the educated customers are catered for.
Well Andrew I think you are getting some quality from
Orchid and will make great progress.
HELLO NEWBIES ANDREW POSTS SIMPLE QUESTIONS AND GETS QUALITY
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS NO MATTER HOW DUMB YOU THINK THEY
This is the value and beauty of Orchid. This resource is out
standing. After 35 years as a silver and goldsmith
I learn something new every post. How wonderful!!!