Hi Carrie, Glad to see you here!
1. I am hand polishing and I have need to use some bobbing
compound. Up to this point I have been able to get away with
different grits of <snip> to the chamois? (next on my list is a
flex-shaft but as of now I'm using my hands).
I don’t do much hand polishing so I’ll let someone else who does
answer this one. But as to flex shafts, if you are short on funds I
would suggest a Ryobi. Several years ago my Foredom “died” in the
middle of the Christmas season when I was swamped and needed
something immediately. A jeweler on this list (ringman, I think) had
just suggested the Ryobi as an inexpensive alternative so I went to a
local big time hardware chain and bought one. I love it and am still
using it, although I have replaced my Foredom. What I especially like
about it is the handpiece because it is lightweight and narrow - easy
to hold. You would want a Foredom, Phingst (sp?) or one of the others
if you can afford it, but if funds are low the Ryobi is a great
2. I am doing a bracelet and each of the sections is to have a
different texture. Would I be better off texturing the metal first
and then cutting out the pattern or vice versa? I have come across
pro's and con's for either way and I was wondering what is the
Hmmm, so many variables here depending on how the bracelet is
designed, the size of the links, the type of texture and the process
you are using to put the pieces together. I suggest you think each
step through very carefully and then determine what will probably
work best for your design.
3. When doing a piece (a pierced piece, for example) that is
not going to be further work hardened (no hammering, etc.) how can I
<snip> I've never used the spring hardened sterling but someone who
has will probably have a good answer for you.
4. Finally, I realize that this is probably a matter of
preference, but when doing, say, a pendant or flat segments in a
bracelet, what guages (or range of guages) metal do you prefer? I
started working something in 24 guage sheet, but to me it doesn't
"feel" right. It just seems to come across as cheap/not well-made.
You are right, this is a matter of preference and many jewelers would
agree that only heavy jewelry is well made. But, for me and many of
my customers, it is a preference of the weight of the piece. I don’t
wear heavy jewelry because it annoys me and I end up taking it off,
but many people (customers) don’t think the piece is well made unless
it is heavy. Of course, it has to be heavy enough to with stand the
wear and tear of the piece. Rings and bracelets should be heavier
gauge then say a pendant or earring. I use metals in 24g up to 10g
depending on the type piece, the design, the weight of stones used
and the potential (or actual) customer.
You last question could start a whole new thread on the merits of
light or heavy jewelry and I’m looking forward to the comments.
Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry