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Polishing chains

Hi All, This thread shifted to polishing techniques which I think
deserves comment. I have found that the most dangerous part of
jewelry making and repairing is the polishing machine. Chemicals
pose a different threat. Cuts an burns are usually minor.

When polishing a chain or bracelet I always use a cut piece of a
wide leather belt as a back support to the chain. This allows me to
hold the piece tightly while applying the appropriate pressure
against the wheel. I never polish a closed chain. Instead open the
clasp, start at one end, and shift the chain against the leather
piece a couple inches at a time until you reach the other end. If it
gets away from you, let it go and get out of the way! Your fingers
and face are more valuable than any chain.

Just writing this gives me the creeps. I had a friend who lost a
finger polishing a closed bracelet. Also, if you are interrupted
while polishing, just stop, finish the conversation and go back when
you can give it all your attention.

One more thing… In retail locations, I have found that many
employees think it is a simple task to touch up an item when they
sell it for a customer. Unless they have respect for the polishing
machine they are at risk. I’ve warned many of them about polishing
without safety glasses and/or while wearing ties.

Call me paranoid, but I have 10 fingers,


The hands down best method for polishing chains is in a tumbler. The
results are outstanding, no fingers or eyes in jeopardy and bonus is
no burs. Teresa

I find that polishing chains in the tumbler is just as effective and
much less dangerous than trying to polish them on a buffing wheel.