First off, it’s my opinion that you need to be carefull not to design
pieces that box you in technically. Unless you’re ready to start
looking through die-makers tool catalogs. Let the design suit the
technology. Use textures in low areas, for example. You could try
polishing your waxes with lighter fluid and fine brushes. That would
give you less finishing to do. You can also tumble for those areas,
but keep in mind, it’s not a good idea if there are areas you don’t
want tumbled, unless you tape them up with a waterproof tape like
duct tape. By all means, get your hands on a flexible shaft machine
as soon as you can afford it. There’s no comparision with a dremel.
Another thing you might try is planishing. Make small steel tools
and polish the ends, then set the piece in pitch and “chase” the low
areas. Again, you’ll have a better look with a slightly “peened"
effect, as long as it’s pertinent to the design. Same goes for
burnishing with a polished steel tool. You can also make an
inexpensive “hammer handpiece” from a “vibro-engraver” that dremel
(and other companies) makes. Just make your own bits for it out of
"piano wire” or “drill rod” which you can get at a lot of hardware
stores. Check out Charles Lewton-Brains tips on inexpensive tool
solutions in his book “Cheap Thrills, etc.” Good luck, have fun.
David L. Huffman (yeah, dremel tool, propane torch, whatever, done
that, been th. . .etc.)