I’m a bit confused about what constitutes good practice with regard
to finishing sterling silver. I’ve done pieces that were
flat/smooth/fairly regular by sanding up to 600 grit and then going
to a buffing wheel and going through a sequence progressively finer
compounds. Very nice results.
But now I am working on a piece that is highly irregular: rivets,
soldered-on-embelishments, nooks, corners, crannies. Also multiple
textures, which were applied to the parts when they were still in
It is no longer very amenable to sanding - a least not with sanding
What should I do between taking it out of the pickle and going to
the wheel? Is it just a matter of sanding as best I can? What if
there are no scratches - do I still need to do something to the
surface before buffing?