removing marks from jewellery and bezel setting, not from slips,
just the normal marks. I used the rubberised disks.
I mentioned this to an English trained diamond mechanic (his term).
I have seen his setting and it is of the highest quality.
He looked at me as if I was an idiot. He then went and got the tools
he uses to clean up his jewellery before polishing.
Various pieces of wood and metal wrapped with sandpapers up to 3000
grit. He then kindly showed me how he used each one.
There is a demo of this on Leonids blog on how to wrap a piece of
metal with sandpaper.
His reasoning is that one has better control and produces a higher
quality finish. The extra time it takes is worth the higher quality
finish. And it is a lot harder to slip than with a disk in a flexi.
I now use the sandpaper sticks far more than the rubberised disks.
So hello newbies you do not need to spend a lot of money on tools to
produce the highest quality.
The best thing you can do is befriend a master craftsman.
Go talk to the jewellers in your area you will soon find those who
wish to pass on their knowledge and those who are a little precious
(and nervous about their skill level).
Masters know you will never be as good as them until you put in the
years on the bench.
That is you will never catch up and so will never be competition to
Masters are interested in you improving.